The equipment used for lifting of Loads – the most widely used lifting equipment used of industrial purpose are – Jacks, Chain -Pulley, Wire Ropes, Block & Tackle, Forklift, Loler, crane, Hydraulic Lifting Pad etc. (and many more)
Lifting Equipment Inspection is a detailed inspection in the visual and operational aspects in which every lifting equipment is thoroughly inspected to ensure that they are fully functional for lifting operations.
Usually lifting equipment inspections are carried out on a regular basis depending on the specifications of gears and their usage.
What is the importance of Lifting Equipment Inspection?
When you are associated with heavy lifting equipment, a number of things can go extremely wrong if maintenance is not taken care of.
The loading capacity of the equipment may not match the weight of the products or the workers may not be properly trained or the equipment itself may not be in proper state.
Any one of these reasons contribute to creating an unsafe working environment. But these factors are also one which are easily repairable if necessary steps and maintenance procedures are implemented on a regular basis.
Why Lifting Equipment Inspection makes sense.
1) Scanning for damages.
The most important aspect which makes lifting equipment inspection necessary is the fact that it can help trace any damage. By tracing or tracking down the damage, it can help avoid situations of extreme danger.
For example, if any part of an equipment is rusted or already broken, it can cause a life-threatening accident to the worker who is using the equipment.
Lifting equipment inspection will make sure that all the components of the equipment are in good shape and fully operational. Just because a gear appears to be in a relatively good shape doesn’t mean that it is optimally functioning. There might easily be a loose screw or a cracked bearing that can prove to be detrimental to your workers.
In case of any repairment requirements, the inspection will let you have a complete and clear outline of what exactly needs to be repaired.
2) Detecting future problems.
Lifting gear inspection will not only give you reports of the present damage but will also let you have access to what kinds of future problems there may be.
An efficient lifting equipment inspection will give you an outline of the gears which are pass their prime time and need to be replaced before they become completely dysfunctional and pose to be a dangerous threat.
This will help you to save up on money and efficiency in time by replacing the aging gears and materials. It can also help protect your workers from accidents which are completely avoidable.
3) Adaptability to changing needs.
Sometimes, companies tend to update capabilities and tactics, failing to keep in mind how much burden their physical equipment can take on.
For example, if your company has increased production on a larger scale, then your equipment may not be suited to carry out the activities and you may need to update your materials.
Therefore, it is best to remember and take into account the impact of your enhanced activities on your equipment. Perhaps, you may be required to implement a completely overhauled system to meet your activities or you may be required to simply change your regulations and requirements.
Whatever it may be, it is never a bad idea to stay updated on the latest technologies and systems by conducting regular inspections.
Third Party Inspection of Lifting Equipment
Third Party Inspection Agency involve in Lifting Equipment must ensure that the inspecting officer involve in Lifting Equipment consider the following before performing for Lifting Equipment Third Party Inspection
Third Party inspection services of Lifting Equipment are used in the Following Stages
Purpose of Third-Party Inspection of Lifting Equipment
Lifting Equipment are use for heavy Load Lifting – If Equipment is not Fit for the purpose it may cause huge Losses – i.e Fatality, Loss of property / damage of products / Equipment etc
So considering the above potential Risk – the organization using Lifting equipment want to make sure that the Lifting Equipment are fit for use.
So that Third-Party Inspection agency are used for inspection services.
Specifications of Lifting Equipment’s
Many IS specifications are available for different types of Lifting Equipment – The Third-Party Inspection Agency can refer and develop their own inspection QAP and Train to Inspecting officer and developed the Standard Inspection Checklist for Each type of Lifting Equipment.
Manufacture’s Specification and Lifting equipment’s handbook – can also be referred to and connections with IS Specification. So that the Third-Party Inspection agency has a sound inspection Checklist prior to perform the Inspection Lifting Equipment.
General Inspection and Testing on Lifting Equipment’s
Some of the most Common Inspection and Testing for Lifting Equipment are provided below (But This is not Limited). The inspection requirements can be change case to case. Which can be referred the contract between Client Organization and Third-Party Inspection Agency in India.
Magnetic Particle Testing