TECHNICAL EXPERTISE COMBINED WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.
At Ranger, we take safety seriously and follow all relevant Australian Standards. You’ll often hear us say, ‘Don’t gamble with your lifting gear” and we mean it. Using lifting gear can often have a high risk of injury, and the cost to business can be significant when something goes wrong.
It is important to ensure that regular examinations and inspections of lifting gear are undertaken to ensure maintenance is kept, and to verify that the equipment can continue to be safely used.
Lifting gear inspections must be undertaken on a regular basis, by a person with adequate training, knowledge, skills and expertise.
Regular inspections are essential.
SCHEDULING OF INSPECTIONS
It is important to ensure that regular examinations and inspections of lifting gear are undertaken to ensure maintenance is kept, and to verify that the equipment can continue to be safely used. Inspections must be undertaken on a regular basis, by a person with adequate training, knowledge, skills and expertise.
Our testing and inspections team have strong industry reputations as professionals who get the job done. But they’re also highly trained, competent technicians who have passed the LEEA Diploma courses and examinations, height safety and installation courses and take part in continuous professional development (CPD) programs.
Ranger provide coloured inspection tags indicating whether an item has been recently inspected. A wrong colour tag or no tag indicates that the item should be removed from service until the item can be inspected and verified. We also provide inspection boards that can be placed at prominent locations around your job site.
e-Testinspect is a real-time online portal and data management system that provides total peace of mind for the management, operational efficiency and traceability of all your height safety and lifting equipment.
When your equipment doesn’t pass inspection, we will advise you whether it is cheaper to replace or repair. Wherever possible, and safe, our inspectors will repair your equipment and issue you with a certificate of repair; we are the only lifting company in Australia to issue these certificates.
WHY ARE INSPECTIONS AND TESTING IMPORTANT?
At Ranger, when we say we’re a family business, we don’t just mean we’re family owned and people with the same surname come to work here. We’re proud that’s the case, but what we really mean by it is that family comes before business. Not just our family or the extended Ranger community, but every one of our existing and prospective customers and their partners, husbands, wives, children and relatives. That’s why we take safety so seriously.
When Ranger’s testing and inspection team visit a job site, our priority is making sure the cranes, lifting equipment and rigging gear there is in good enough condition that everyone using it and working in the area can go safely home to their families that night. We don’t remove slings from service for the sake of it or to sell the contractor a new one; we do it so it doesn’t break under load and crush a young construction worker expecting his first child. We don’t conduct safety talks to waste our breath or delay the next critical lift; we do it so everyone arrives back on the job the following morning with life and limb intact.
WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF YOU DON’T INSPECT YOUR EQUIPMENT?
There are a vast amount of defects that are not easily detected by untrained personnel. Even for an experienced lifting equipment inspection professional, it takes constant refresher training to stay at the sharp end of this specialist field; that’s why repeat training is now a requirement within Australian Standards.
If equipment is not inspected properly and thoroughly, the ramifications could be costly and even lead to a fatality. Despite the consequences, lifting equipment inspection can often be overlooked or seen as an unnecessary cost to a client or project, especially when budgets are tight. In some cases, a user might feel that the costs outweigh the perceived benefits, but that mindset can typically be attributed to poor service or a lack of understanding about the importance of inspection.
CAN YOU DO YOUR OWN INSPECTIONS?
Australian Standards make frequent references to competence and competent persons. A competent person will have acquired through 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?
Inspections must be completed by a competent person. But what does that mean?
The new standards define a competent person as ‘a person who has, through a combination of training, education and experience, acquired knowledge and skills enabling that person to correctly perform a specific task‘. But not only do you have to demonstrate that your staff are competent, documentation of competency standards and procedures must also be maintained.
To read the full Australian Standards click here.