Optimising Performance: A Guide to Lifting Equipment Maintenance

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Lifting equipment, ranging from cranes and hoists to slings and shackles is subject to rigorous demands in various industrial settings. Just like for any machine, ensuring their maintenance is paramount if you want to ensure its performance over the years. Indeed, over time, wear and tear, environmental factors, and operational stresses can compromise the integrity of these vital tools. Therefore, regular maintenance serves as a proactive measure to identify and address issues before they escalate, minimising the risk of equipment failure and workplace accidents.

Lifting Equipment Maintenance: how often?

Inspecting and maintaining your lifting equipment is a crucial safety practice that must be approached with diligence and adherence to Australian standards. Neglecting to inspect your lifting equipment can result in harm to your team members and damage to other equipment in your possession.

When it comes to maintaining and inspecting your lifting equipment, it’s essential to know how often you should conduct it. The very first inspection should occur as soon as the equipment is received to ensure what you have received matches your needs, specifications and lifting requirements. Then, as you use this equipment, an eye inspection should be carried out daily before every use of the lifting equipment. Then a periodic equipment inspection can be operated on a less frequent basis. 

A daily inspection should be performed before each use of the equipment, even if it means conducting it multiple times a day. A visual examination of critical rigging components, such as slings and wire ropes, is necessary before every operation. This is imperative because rigging equipment can sustain damage from a single lift due to factors like shock loads, extreme angles, sharp edges, and exposure to chemicals or heat. Slings and hooks endure significant pressure with each use, leading to the gradual deterioration of their strength and integrity over time.

On the other hand, a periodic inspection involves a more thorough examination of the machinery and should occur at least once every twelve months. However, depending on the frequency and intensity of use, it may be advisable to conduct this inspection more frequently, ideally every 3 to 4 months.

Furthermore, it is essential to conduct Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections to verify the compliance of all rigging equipment with OSHA regulations. These inspections should occur following the installation of equipment to confirm adherence to standards and to guarantee that everything is functioning correctly.

Lifting Equipment Maintenance: the Key Steps to Follow

Proceeding in lifting equipment inspection and maintenance is a multiple-step process. 

  • Identify the maintenance standards defined by the rigging industry

Know the standards you have to comply with. Different types of lifting equipment, such as cranes, hoists, forklifts, and slings, may have different requirements and specifications. You also need to consider the national, regional, and industry-specific regulations and guidelines that govern the safe use and maintenance of lifting equipment. When it comes to lifting equipment in Perth, the maintenance of your equipment will be determined by the OHSA and the Safe Work Australia Regulations. 

  • Ensure regular inspections and maintenance

As mentioned earlier it is important to carry out daily and periodic inspections to ensure any lifting equipment you are about to use is safe to do so. These inspections are key to identifying any potential tear or wear that could put your team at risk or cause any further damage to the machine itself or to other equipment present on the platform. 

  • Test, repair, clean, and lubricate to prevent damages

As certain components may reach the end of their service life or show signs of fatigue over time, such as wire rope elongation, hook deformities, or cracks in load-bearing structures, it is important to identify them on time to replace them before they cause any damage. Other preventive measures such as regular cleaning of the lifting equipment, lubrication and replacements or repairs of the most used parts are essential to maintain the performance and safe operation of your equipment. Regular calibration and load testing also are key components to uphold precision and compliance with your needs and regulatory requirements.

  • Qualify your team to run lifting equipment inspection and ensure its maintenance

To ensure inspection and maintenance of your lifting equipment are correctly performed, the team members operating these machines need to be trained and aware of the best practices to ensure optimal maintenance. Fostering a culture of safety awareness, empower employees to recognise potential hazards and provide them with the relevant training, licenses, certificates, or qualifications to operate or maintain your lifting equipment according to the legal or industry requirements so that they can take proactive measures to mitigate risks.

Lifting Equipment Maintenance: trusting trained inspectors, enquire with Rigging Rentals

When it comes to daily inspections, they are typically conducted by the team members operating the lifting equipment. However, for more thorough inspections and any necessary maintenance work, it’s advisable to engage professional inspectors. 

At Rigging Rentals, our certified inspectors are equipped to perform comprehensive inspections and address any required repairs to ensure the ongoing maintenance of your lifting equipment.



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