Proud owner of a lifting accessory and looking to keep it in tip-top shape? Just as we need to keep our bodies in shape with health check-ups and our cars running smoothly with regular MOTs, your lifting accessories need to be inspected every so often too. Follow our comprehensive lifting accessories inspection checklist below for all the information that you’ll need to keep your gear running at a good level of quality.
Each piece of lifting equipment needs to be inspected at different intervals; some need to be done at least every 12 months, others are at least every six months, and some are before each and every usage.
It’s important that you’ve read and checked the guidelines for inspections that are supplied to you both by the manufacturer that you’ve purchased the equipment from, as well as the government guidelines.
The main guidelines can be found under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) webpage, and you can find more specific guidelines under the Thorough examinations and inspections of lifting equipment page.
Follow this checklist for inspecting your lifting accessories properly
Using a competent person
It’s crucial that not only do you use a competent person to plan and prepare any lifting operation, but also that a competent person is the one who checks and inspects all lifting accessories.
This person needs to be familiar with the equipment, and they need to know exactly how to use it so that they know how to test it and what to look out for.
Performing thorough checks
As well as using a competent person, you must also ensure that all checks and inspections are carried out thoroughly, with every area of the accessory being inspected. Sometimes damages or problems can be small, and it’s crucial that an inspection isn’t performed with only half the effort.
Using the professionals
While a competent person under your employment is more than capable of performing checks, you must have a proper certified check completed every so often too. The timings that this needs to be done will be dependent on the guidelines that we linked above.
The reason this needs to be done is so that a properly qualified person can carry out the checks and provide you with up-to-date certification for your lifting accessory to say that it is in a good working order. If you would like to know more about how we can help with this, please read our section on crane services here.
We will also be able to provide you with the appropriate stickers and markings for your lifting accessory which will detail when it was last inspected, and let all of your employees know how close you are to the next inspection point.
Want more information of the inspection of lifting accessories?
If you follow the checklist that we’ve provided above, then you should have no problem keeping your lifting accessories in a great working order. However, if you would like more information on inspections and checks, please find our contact details here.