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Attachment solves drum problem

28 March 2017

A forklift-mounted Drum Rotator from Contact Attachments helps West Yorkshire-based The Sherwin-Williams Company to safely lift, rotate, and decant drums to larger vessels.

The Sherwin-Williams Company originally had to lift, tilt and pour drums, as well as move drums from non-standard supplier pallets, manually using our forklift truck. Following an in-depth risk assessment, it found that this way of working potentially posed a hazard so wanted a product which would minimise any risks. 

Contact Attachments’ range of Drum Rotators were upgraded in 2016 with an enhanced girdle assembly to offer an even better fit to the drums, as well as a newly-incorporated housed flange bearing, which makes the rotation process smoother than ever. 

Stephen Giles, operations and facilities manager at The Sherwin-Williams Company, says: “Contact Attachments’ Forklift Drum Rotator looked like the ideal product to remove any risks associated with handling them via our forklift truck. We also store all of our products on Euro pallet racking, so we needed something which would allow us to transport drums safely and efficiently too. Our operators have found the rotator very easy to use, and dealing with Contact Attachments was straight-forward from start to finish.” 

Over the past four decades, Contact Attachments’ Drum Rotators have been one of its most popular products. Its Crane Slung Drum Rotators can be used to carry-out physical drum handling tasks, and can be used with both a forklift truck and an overhead crane. Designed to suit 210 litre steel drums and 'L' & 'XL' ring plastic drums, the rotators secure drums in place via two webbing and ratchet strap assemblies. 

Dave Manuel, technical sales director at Contact Attachments, said: “We were pleased to have provided The Sherwin-Williams team with a cost-effective solution to their drum handling and transportation requirements. Like all of our products, our Crane Slung Drum Rotators come fully tested and certified to comply with the latest health and safety regulations, further adding to the steps the firm puts in place to enhance safety in the workplace.”