The lifting gear and lifting equipment that you will be using will, at times, be subject to incredibly heavy loads and weights. The equipment is, of course, designed for this very purpose, but all gear and equipment, no matter what industry it is in, will suffer from gradual degradation. As you are dealing with such heavy loads, it is vitally important to keep your equipment of high quality, so as to protect yourselves and the loads that you are working with. Below we list out maintenance recommendations for lifting equipment.
Before you even come to completing a lifting or lowering task, be sure to have the right equipment. It seems obvious, but if a piece of lifting equipment is subject to a weight that exceeds its working load limit (WLL), it will cause damage to the equipment, the load, and possibly even yourselves.
At Lifting Gear Direct Ltd we have clearly outlined the lifting capacity of each of our pieces of lifting gear and lifting equipment, should you have any further questions simply get in contact with us.
Always stick to the working load limits with your cranes to avoid damage!
We recommend inspecting each piece of your lifting gear or lifting equipment before each use, taking the time to thoroughly check it all over. All equipment will have a natural end-date, and it is important to ensure that you regularly keep yourself aware of the state of your lifting equipment and lifting gear. Should you not feel comfortable with inspecting it yourself, we are able to provide lifting gear, lifting equipment, and site inspections, as well as regular maintenance, servicing and repairs.
If you believe that there is any damage to any of your lifting equipment, please do not use it until you have contacted us.
Make sure that you regularly inspect your lifting equipment
As well as regularly inspecting your lifting equipment and having it serviced and repaired, it is also important that you take all the necessary steps to maintain the quality of the lifting equipment yourself. The majority of lifting gear and lifting equipment will suffer if regularly subjected to abnormal operating or storage conditions, such as extreme hot or cold temperatures, environments with corrosive elements or dirt ingress, rain and moisture. Ensure that you store all of your lifting gear and lifting equipment safely and securely, helping you to maintain its long service life and operating at the most efficient level possible.
The recommendations that we provide on the maintenance of lifting equipment is based on the rules and regulations that are laid down by the Government’s Health and Safety Executive department. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires that all equipment used is suitable for use for the task at hand, is safe, has been maintained to a sufficiently high enough level of quality and is used only by those who have adequate training or knowledge.
For more detailed guidelines on the maintenance of work equipment, please refer to the Maintenance of work equipment guide. This offers advice on operating environments, intensity of use and other knowledge that you should have.
For more specific recommendations on lifting equipment, please refer to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), again provided by the Government’s Health and Safety Executive body.
If you are unsure on exactly how you should be storing or maintaining your lifting equipment and lifting gear, or would perhaps like to request an inspection or servicing, please get in contact with us here.Image Credits: jjclearing and Koolat Safety