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Safehold Acquires GD MacKay Co Ltd


Lorraine MacKay will remain with Safehold as a Consultant Product Specialist. All new orders and enquiries should be sent to Lorraine at or

This past March the safety industry lost a legend with the passing of George MacKay. With over 40 years in the industry, MacKay was the founder of Uni-Hoist, Fall Soft and the GD MacKay Co Ltd, as well as a pioneer in the confined space fall protection market.  Safehold Ltd is honoured to announce that the MacKay family and executors reached an agreement on 1st September 2022 to sell the company assets to Safehold Ltd. Oliver Auston, CEO of Safehold Ltd had been a friend and business associate of MacKay’s for over 20 years. Safehold and Auston feel the continuation of the business and future product development will be in honour of MacKay’s legacy.

Auston stated, “We are excited and humbled by this opportunity. We will raise a glass or two of the finest Scottish Whiskey to pay tribute to our dear friend George and to mark the re-boot of this journey. Expanding our North American product offering particularly in the specialist anchors category and in confined space access is a key strategic priority of us. George’s energy and passion will live on, of that there is no doubt!”

There is no change to the product quality or availability. All products will continue to be manufactured and distributed via our existing domestic partners in the US and Canada. Lorraine MacKay, George’s daughter, will remain with Safehold as a Consultant Product Specialist and will support the transition. All new orders and enquiries should be sent to Loraine at

About Safehold

Safehold is a new and exciting brand in the height safety and lifting equipment industry. Founded by two highly experienced and successful industry leaders who both bring their own unique and complimentary skill set. Neil Hosken and Oliver Auston alongside their team have over 100 years of industry experience with quality, service and value being their priority at all times. Safehold boasts a highly experienced leadership team with several key industry committee positions occupied. Supplying OEM’s and distributors and with both UK, US and overseas manufacturing. All products are developed in house in the UK design with the very latest laboratory testing equipment.

Safehold was created because of our passion for the industry. We believe there remains a place for old school values in a modern and dynamic digital world. We believe people come before process, we believe saving lives is more important than profit and we believe that customers and relationships matter, a lot.

Through our knowledge and expertise, we can provide innovative products and service solutions to the height safety and lifting gear sectors.

We are committed to intelligently source and distribute world class textile lifting, lashing, height safety equipment and training. For more information visit

The late George MacKay

George MacKay