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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

To all our customers,

We know there are many more questions than answers at this point about the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). We want to let you all know and reassure you that we are doing everything we can and remain focused on delivering our services.
In line with businesses across the UK, JWI is monitoring and following all government advice and working with our colleagues to keep on supplying our services, that our customers rely on, available.
We have introduced steps to allow our staff to work from home where possible, that means you can place your orders, pay invoices, check orders, obtain technical assistance and everything else you would normally do.
We thank our colleagues in our offices and out on site who are working hard to keep our services running.

Graham Waghorn
Operations Director


Offload & Positioning of our client’s “offsite modular solutions”


The project involved loading our client’s “offsite modular solutions” inside the client’s factory and transporting, offloading and positioning them on site at their final destination.

Each module was 9m x 4m x 4m weighing in at approximately 17,000kg. There were 54 modules in total and they are being moved in phases of 18.We had to plan carefully because we were using a mobile crane inside the client’s factory where the roof height was limited. We arranged to carry out the lifts taking advantage of the apex of the roof where the clearance was the greatest.

At the receiving end, access also needed careful planning because there was a steel mezzanine deck above most of the available space. Not only did this restrict the headroom but the space between the deck’s supporting posts in some places was narrower than the module, so planning the route and checking for obstructions was of critical importance.

The first phase was completed successfully with the next phase of a further 18 modules due to start this month.


We’re hiring!

We’re Hiring!

JWI are looking for experienced machine moving operatives and riggers to join our dedicated team.
The role will be busy and varied with work in the UK and across Europe.
Availability for immediate start would be ideal. We are looking for people based in the Manchester/ Leicester area.
If you are interested or for more information please contact Alice at alice@jwieu.com


LV Panel Positioning using a Lower Load

Our client needed to position 3 LV panels within a switch room. In order to do this, we had to pass through a door which was too low for them to fit through.

Shown here JWI used our custom made, 2T safe working load lower load to move the panels from vertical to horizontal in order to allow us to overcome the door restrictions and locate the panels into their final position.

Our method saved time and cost in erecting an A-Frame gantry and allowed us to achieve the clients goal in a safe working manner.


Relocation & Refurbishment of a milling centre

Our client approached us to assist with the relocation and refurbishment of a milling centre using 2 Versa Lifts to load, transport and position the column. Due to the modular design and size of the column being installed, JWI topped and tailed it using a 40/60 & 60/80 Versa to allow it to be transported to its place in the new building.

JWI organised transport, lift plans and RAMS to BS7121 standards. The entire project was achieved on time and within budget due to thorough planning and co-ordination with the client.


Unload and postion of new machine centre

We recently carried put the unloading and positioning of a new machine centre for our client. This was done using a 40/60 Versa Lift with adjustable spreader beam.

Due to great planning between our Technical Managers and the client, the project was delivered on time and within budget.

Another happy client for JWI.


Our latest Data Centre project in Germany

We have just completed our latest Data Centre project in Frankfurt for the WBS Group which was planned and implemented quickly, safely and on time.

WBS approached JWI to arrange the offloading and installation of Excool EIC units at a new data centre in Frankfurt. The client needed us to deal with tight access conditions, the existence of a water tank underground meant the crane could not be positioned in the ideal, closest location to the installation position. They needed us to make an opening by removing the building façade and replace it as well as designing the lifting method and positioning the units in what were very restricted final positions.

JWI turned everything round in a month, making a site visit to Frankfurt after which we were able to save the client money by designing a specialist lifting frame (also made by our workshop within that same month) which meant that they did not need to build scaffolds at two different openings into the building. Using our existing German contacts we organised other specialist equipment in Germany as well as bringing the lifting frame and other equipment out from the UK.

This picture shows our team using tracking plate to spread the load while skating across the open grating floor.

Darren Penny, Senior Project Manager, at WBS said “We were delighted with JWI’s safe working approach, their speed of response, their ability to think outside the box and save us money, such as with the lifting frame they designed specially to fit the EIC units. These installations had a number of complex features, the restricted access, tight working conditions, need to coordinate with other trades on site and JWI fulfilled all our needs and more. We will be delighted to be working with JWI again on future stages of our Frankfurt data centre projects and elsewhere.


Senior Operations Manager

I am pleased to let you know that we are promoting Graham Waghorn from Technical Manager to Senior Operations Manager with immediate effect. Many of you will already know Graham who has been with the Company since 2007 in a variety of roles and whose experience in our industry dates back to the earliest days of his career when he worked with his Dad, Jack Waghorn (Senior).
We are committed to developing Jack Waghorn International so that we provide the best lifting, installing and machine moving experience for our clients, in the UK and internationally.
Graham will manage the company’s operations and technical teams, using his extensive knowledge of heavy lifting and machine moving to maintain and develop the services we provide to clients.
Jack B Waghorn will not be returning to day to day operations although he remains a director and shareholder.
If you have any questions about how this will affect your relationship with Jack Waghorn International please don’t hesitate to call me on 07793 651372 or to call Graham on 07894 447004.

Sue Waghorn
Managing Director


Complex Project



Our client requested our services to supply a contract lift to position 4no 11.5t WTP plantrooms at 36m radius to their final position on the plant gantry on their site near Heathrow. This required us to organise all the necessary permits from the airport and air traffic control, complying with their restrictions on jib height and getting their permission to work on a daily basis, as well as preparing all the lift plans and RAMS to BS7121 standards. The job was completed to the satisfaction of the customer on-time and on budget.


Another Successful Contract Lift Completed by JWI


Some interesting pictures of the deflection in the crane boom and of the tag line floating free during the contract lift on a recent JWI job at a food production plant.







The contract lift was planned by one of our Appointed Persons who was on site with the lift supervisor to make sure everything went smoothly.
After the lift was complete we moved the 51/2 tonne transformer and several switch panels through the building using a tirfor winch for additional traction into their final positions. All was successfully completed in the same day.

To discuss similar projects, please contact JWI.