Is the lifting equipment you use on your construction sites on a regular basis as safe as it can possibly be? In the past, studies have shown that a high percentage of fatal construction accidents have been directly related to faulty lifting equipment or the improper use of it.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, doesn’t have specific standards set for testing lifting equipment. But the organization does recommend that companies inspect equipment and provide employees with training, so that safe lifting takes place.
If you operate a company that utilizes heavy-duty equipment, you should consider having lifting equipment inspection done as often as you can. It will help make your job sites safer for those who work for you.
What Is Lifting Equipment?
Before you can actually have lifting equipment inspection done, you should understand what lifting equipment is. Lifting equipment is, as its name would suggest, any equipment that is used to either lift or lower loads.
There are many examples of lifting equipment. Some of these examples include:
- Overhead cranes
- Patient hoists
- Lifting accessories
Do you utilize one or more of these types of equipment on a regular basis? Then you could likely benefit from having an inspection done.
What Takes Place During Lifting Equipment Inspection?
During a lifting equipment inspection, a certified company will take your lifting equipment and put it through a series of tests. They will lift items and bring them back down to see how well your equipment responds to picking things up and placing them down again.
A company qualified to conduct an inspection should be able to supply weights that range anywhere from 50 pounds all the way to 100 tons. That being said, your equipment obviously does not have to pick up all of that weight if it’s not capable of doing it. Additionally, you don’t have to check to see if a piece of lifting equipment that is rated to pick up 10,000 pounds can actually do it.
A lifting equipment inspection will simply show what kind of condition your machinery is in and what it can do when it’s put to work out in the field. The goal of your inspection will ultimately be to show that your lifting equipment is safe to use.
How Will It Make Your Workers Safer?
Safety is of the utmost importance on all construction sites. A lifting equipment inspection will make your site significantly safer in a variety of ways.
First, it will demonstrate how much weight your cranes, hoists, and other machinery can lift without presenting a potential safety hazard. You will know that your lifting equipment meets safety standards when you have it tested accordingly.
An inspection will also reveal any issues that might exist with the various parts of your machinery. While you should be doing routine inspections on the components already, your machines will face higher levels of stress than usual during an investigation designed to test its ability to lift. If your parts don’t hold up to it well, it might be time for you to replace individual parts to make your machines safer.
Finally, an inspection can also be used to test out the various safety features on cranes and other heavy equipment. These features are in place to protect your workers, but chances are, you don’t always get the opportunity to put them to the test. You can do it under controlled conditions with the help of a company that specializes in inspecting lifting equipment.
How Often Should Lifting Equipment Be Inspected?
Now that you know how helpful a lifting equipment inspection can be to you and your workers, you’re probably wondering how often you should have them done. The truth is that it really all depends on the equipment you have and how often you use it.
In general, you should always have lifting equipment inspected before it’s used for the first time. From there, it’s advisable to have it inspected about once every 6 to 12 months.
Any equipment used to pick up and lift human beings, like elevators, should be inspected more often than other equipment. But your basic lifting equipment needs to be checked at least once every year, if not more often. Obviously, cranes and other equipment that are used on an almost daily basis can benefit from being inspected more often.
Who Can Inspect Lifting Equipment?
In addition to having lifting equipment inspection done regularly, you should make sure it’s done by a company you can trust. The company should be able to provide you with someone who has experience and knowledge with inspections.
When you have an inspection done, the company that completes the process should provide you with a full written report at the end of it. That report should indicate:
- When the inspection took place
- When the next inspection should happen
- Any defects that were found in your lifting equipment during your inspection as well as information on how those defects could potentially compromise the safety of your machinery
You want to feel confident with the results of your inspection when everything is all said and done. The only way to do it is by working with a company you can rely on to provide you with a thorough inspection.
When Should You Make Lifting Equipment Repairs?
If the report you receive after your lifting equipment inspection indicates problems with your machinery, you should address them immediately. By making repairs to your machines, you can ensure they don’t pose a safety threat to your workers.
You want your lifting equipment to be in good working order at all times. You can prevent accidents from occurring on your job sites and protect yourself in a legal sense by reviewing the results of your equipment inspection. Using the results, ensure repairs are completed before machinery is put back into service.
Schedule a Lifting Equipment Inspection Today
Inspect your lifting equipment now to cut down on the risks on your worksite. Atlantic Crane Inspection Services offer professional inspections services for your cranes to ensure all safety standards are met. We’re here to help to prevent potential unwanted accidents.
Take a look at our blog for more information on testing cranes and other lifting equipment.