The use of a goods lift or ship's hoist requires the relevant authorisations. These are granted by the Office of Technical Inspection. However, before you can get them at all, you have to attend a training course which includes theoretical and practical classes. This is followed by a state examination. All this should be done in cooperation with a centre that cooperates with the UDT. Centre for the Development of Human Resources ERGON provide appropriate training in the use of the lifts, 

Ship lifts

Information on training 

In order to use both cargo lifts and ship lifts, it is necessary to acquire qualifications issued by the Office of Technical Inspection. First, however, you need to take a training course. This can be done at the ERGON personnel training centre. It consists of a theoretical part, where legal issues and guidelines for the use of these devices are discussed, and a practical part, during which participants use the lift and gain experience in using the equipment. 

What is an extract and what is it used for? 

If you have ever come across the name 'slip' - more applicable to sailing - it means the same thing as a winch. It is used for pulling ships to the surface, but also for launching them. It is also possible to repair vessels on the slip. Such equipment tends to be used for smaller vessels, as the winch has to have a lot of strength to launch the vessel. In order to operate the slip, a vessel can maintain a displacement of up to 2,500 tonnes. A very useful component of a ship's winch is a winch. For smaller vessels such a piece of equipment is not necessary, as the vessel can then be winched out using a car trailer. The slip is also positioned on patrol vessels in order to properly launch a smaller boat. A quick response ensures the rescue of people who find themselves at sea and, for example, their vessel has sunk. Such situations can be dangerous, so immediate response counts. It can therefore be seen that a ship's hoist can have many uses in different forms. 

Elements of the slip 

The winch consists of an operational section which, more precisely, is a slipway with a flat or curved profile. It serves, depending on the need, both to pull the vessel ashore and to launch it . This is done by rails laid on the operational surface. In addition, the operational section is made up of an upper and lower section, with the former protruding above the water. The lower part is located in the water, and by placing it at the right depth, the ship can be guided to the trolleys, which are located on the operational surface. The next parts of the slipway are the stations where the vessel is repaired or assembled. The last important part of the slip is the engine room. It houses the mechanical equipment and engines. These devices are primarily used to run the ropes on which the winches are placed. 

Crane course

Freight lift vs slip 

You are likely to come across a goods lift much more often than a slip, although the two terms can be mistakenly used interchangeably. However, it is worth knowing that the two are not the same. The former is used to transport building materials. The goods hoist resembles a ladder by its arrangement, which is why it is colloquially referred to as such. It is a platform that operates on the principle of a crane. One end is placed on the ground and the other on the ceiling of the building. Ropes or chains (depending on the type of goods hoist) pull this platform upwards. A freight lift may also be called a skip, which in turn may be confused with a sailing slip. The latter, as previously described, is mainly used for launching ships. 

Types of briefs 

Firstly, due to the distinction of how ships are pulled to the surface, lifts are divided into longitudinal and transverse lifts. Transverse winches are used more frequently because they are more efficient in launching vessels and can also be performed in a simpler way. In this type, operations on vessels are performed perpendicular to their longitudinal axis. With longitudinal slips, the opposite is true - ships are launched in parallel. However, they take up less space.  

Another criterion is the shape of the operating surface profile. In this case, we distinguish between a single-pitch lift, also known as a straight lift, a double-pitch lift (also known as a curved lift) and a curved lift. The workstations on the lift may be located at the same level as the operative section or higher than it. The location of the posts in relation to the operative surface is divided into those on the side (which may be on one or even two sides of this surface) or on its extension.  

The last criterion is the shape of the trolleys that can be used on the lift. Then we are dealing with a trolley with a rectangular cross-section or a triangular trolley.  

UDT authorisation for slips

About us 

The ERGON Personnel Improvement Centre ensures the best quality of training and a high pass rate on the state exam. The course for ski lifts can be held in an open form, i.e. open to anyone interested, or closed - tailored to the needs of a particular organised group. We conduct training courses in our branches in Warsaw and other cities all over the country. but we are also able to reach everyone individually. It doesn't matter which region of Poland you are in - we can get virtually anywhere . Please contact us for pricing. 

Frequently asked questions

We receive many enquiries from you. However, there are some questions that recur most frequently. For this reason, we have compiled a set of the questions you ask most frequently, together with the answers to them. 

Frequently asked questions Answer 
How old do you have to be to apply for a lift licence? You must be at least 18 years of age. 
For how long will my entitlement be valid? For ten years. 
Do you have to have a vocational qualification in order to become qualified? No, primary education is sufficient. 
I have medical contraindications to using the lift. Can I nevertheless acquire a qualification certificate? This is not possible. The absence of health contraindications is a prerequisite for training. 

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