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Storage cabinet systems for safety padlocks and keys

Once you have selected all your safety padlocks and lockout hasps you will need somewhere to keep them. The Masterlock Lockout Station is made from heat resistant and durable Xenoy alloy. It has a large capacity with 8 hanger clips, which can hold 2 padlock or hasps each, and is deep enough to accommodate the […]

Secure your lock off with safety hasps or plug lockout.

Safety lockout haps are used in conjunction with safety padlocks and can protect against unexpected start-up of machinery, valves or power supply. The hasp is attached to the primary isolator and each individual working on that area can attach their safety padlock. As each worker completes their tasks they can remove their padlock. Once all […]

Which safety/lockout padlock suits your requirements?

Safety padlocks serve to lock a specific piece of equipment, valves or electrical junctions to prevent accidental use during maintenance or repair. They can also be used to restrict access to area whilst work is being undertaken. Preventing accidental operation of machinery or electrical junctions is integral to industrial safety. Coloured padlocks can be used […]

The best way to secure a motorbike using a combination of padlock, chains and anchor.

I need to secure my motorbike to help stop it being stolen when I park it up. I also want some way of securing it when it is in the garage, preferably something a little more of a permanent fixture. Do you stock anything like this? Your bike may well come with steering lock, so […]

Securing a canoe to your roof rack using weatherproof cables.

We have just bought a canoe to use when we are away on holiday. We will need to secure to our roof rack whilst travelling but we will also like to secure it once we get to the campsite. This will then mean we do not have to take the canoe with us if we […]

Do you have lightweight combination padlocks in different colours?

I am heading off on a walking holiday with friends and we will be staying in hostels as we work our way around our route. Can you recommend some padlocks that would be suitable for securing our rucksack / day bag when out and about and for our larger bags which will be left at […]

How to make sure your bike is securely locked.

How do I make sure that my bike is secure? I am often out on my bike so need something I can lock it up with when I stop but I also want to make sure it is safe at home. Do you have any suggestions? Whether you have a top racing bike or the […]

Do you need help working out which padlock would suit your shipping container?

I am getting a container delivered so I need to lock it off. Can you tell me which padlock fits a standard container? We often get asked for padlocks that fit a standard container. At first glance containers may look all the same, however, the fittings on the containers can vary enormously. To work out […]

How to keep your keys safe when stored outside your home or car.

There are times when you need to leave a spare key to allow visitor access. Gone are the days where you can simply pop a spare key under the flowerpot or doormat. Instead you could install the Masterlock key safe which is available in both small and large sizes. This simple box can easily be […]

Outdoor cables ideal for general use

  There are times when you cannot simply use just a padlock to secure items. This is when a cable can offer a neat solution. We stock a number of different types but here we look at two of them. The Abus Cobra 10/200 cable is tough, flexible and versatile with two looped ends so […]