Industry news — Can you do your own Lifting Equipment Inspections?

Can you do your own Lifting Equipment Inspections?

Australian Standards make frequent references to competence and competent persons. A competent person will have acquired thorough training, education and experience, or a combination of these, in addition to the knowledge and skills enabling that person to safely and effectively perform the task required.

Competency isn’t achieved through simply working around equipment for a long time or applying theories based on experience alone. Ranger personnel have heard it said on site that someone believes himself or herself to be competent because they have been using lifting equipment to rig loads for a long period of time. However, they have never received the training and education to know what the safe use criteria actually are.

While DIY inspections might seem like a good idea, there are a lot of risks and costs associated with inspecting and managing lifting equipment in-house. Have you carefully considered the position of your employees and your business if something goes wrong?

ARE YOUR STAFF COMPETENT AS DEFINED IN THE STANDARD?

Any employees who inspect lifting equipment are required by law to be suitably trained, qualified by knowledge and practical experience. They must be able to identify the standard in which piece of equipment relates to and understand what is written within the standard and everything the relating standard states around inspections, testing and other things such as markings

Just having used lifting equipment for a long
time does not mean compliance with
standards

ARE YOUR STAFF KEEPING ACCURATE RECORDS?

Keeping accurate records of your lifting equipment and inspections is essential. All of your equipment in use needs to be fully certified and traceable. Documentation of competency standards and procedures must also be maintained.

Dogging and rigging tickets are not enough to
deem a person competent to inspect and re-
certify equipment.

COMBINED IN-HOUSE/ THIRD PARTY INSPECTIONS

At Ranger, We always recommend that our clients keep a close eye on their lifting equipment. Outsourcing shouldn’t be treated as giving 100% of the responsibility to a third party. A good combination is to adopt in-service and periodic inspections whereby a lifting equipment expert conducts training and refresher courses so customers can inspect their kit before each use and identify potential defects, while the experts come in to conduct full, periodic inspection.

* When the costs and risks are weighed up, there is little incentive for a company to conduct their own inspections. Lifting equipment inspection should be overseen by professionals who are repeatedly trained and tested, and are experts in their specialist field.

Toolbox talks, sling awareness training and
specific product training are highly
recommended on top on inspections.

ARE YOUR STAFF PASSING EQUIPMENT THAT SHOULD BE DECOMMISSIONED?

Staff are under constant pressure to get projects completed and could be using defective equipment to ensure the job is not delayed. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that all care is taken to provide a safe workplace. Every business is under pressure to maximise efficiencies and cut costs but what could it cost you if something goes wrong?

Staff are under constant pressure to cut costs
and avoid time delays but could they be
passing equipment that should be
decommissioned?

For more information on how Ranger can work with you and your teams to meet your testing and inspection procedures give us a call on 1300 SLINGS.