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Importance of Lifting Equipment

Importance of Lifting Equipment

Lifting equipment inspection, crane inspection, and accessories inspections are crucial for ensuring worker safety and maintaining proper operating standards. Regulatory bodies make these inspections mandatory to ensure the safety and reliability of equipment. By conducting these inspections, you can safeguard your workers and protect your investment.

Crane Inspection Requirements

To ensure safe crane lifting operations, the following requirements should be met:
Crane Position: The crane should be positioned on firm and level ground, with outrigger pads in place and the rigger fully extended.

Tires: The crane’s tires should not be in contact with the ground.

• Certified Rigger & Crane Operator: Only certified riggers and crane operators should be involved in the lifting operation.
• Safe Load Indicator: The safe load indicator of the crane must be in working condition.
• Leakage Inspection: Prior to lifting, the crane should be inspected for any signs of leakage.
• Load Weight: The weight of the load should be confirmed and within the safe working limit of the crane.
• Safety Devices: Ensure that all safety devices are operational and not bypassed.
• Swing Radius: The swing radius should be barricaded, and unauthorized entry into the lifting zone should be prohibited.
• Lifting Tools: All lifting tools must be free from defects.
• Wind Speed: Wind speed should not exceed 32 km/h during lifting operations.
• Rigging Plan: A rigging plan should be in place for all critical lifts.
• Preparing a Lifting Plan
• Before initiating a lifting operation, it is important to follow these basic safety measures:
• Approved Method Statement and Risk Assessment: Ensure that an approved method statement and risk assessment for the lifting operation are in place.
• Valid TPI of Lifting Machines and Tools: Ensure that the lifting machines (crane, hydra, farana) and all tools and tackles have valid third-party inspections.
• Competent and Certified Operator: The crane operator should be competent and certified.
• Proper Selection of Lifting Machines and Tools: Select the appropriate lifting machines (crane, hydra, farana) and lifting tools (sling, D’shackle, web sling, etc.) based on the load requirements.
• Visual Inspection: Perform a visual inspection of the lifting machines, tools, and slings following standard checklists.
• Identify Load Characteristics: Understand the characteristics of the load to be lifted.
• Obstruction-Free Environment: Ensure that there are no obstructions (e.g., buildings, equipment, overhead lines) that could interfere with access or the swinging boom.
• Restricted Entry: Prohibit unauthorized entry into the lifting area.
• Permit to Work and Toolbox Meeting: Confirm that a permit to work has been obtained, and conduct a toolbox meeting.
• Pre-Lifting Checklist: Complete a stop-take five/step back/pre-lifting checklist.

Lifting Plan Checklist

The lifting plan checklist is a document that outlines the details of a critical lift, taking into account all factors that may impact the lift. It includes information such as the load size and safety factor, crane position, load location, size of the load, slings, and load chart. This checklist helps ensure the safe execution of the lifting procedure for a specific lift.

Benefits of Lifting Equipment Inspection, Crane Inspection & Accessories Inspection
SAS Inspection Company شركة سما الشرق للفحص offers inspections that prioritize safety due to the following benefits:
 Downtime Reduction: Early detection of hazardous conditions through inspections minimizes equipment breakdown and reduces downtime.
Cost Savings: By identifying and correcting defects before they cause serious or permanent damage, repair costs are kept low.
Operator Safety: Inspections uncover hidden dangers that may not be easily

Lifting Equipment

Cranes – all types 12 months
(or 6 months if lifting persons in a man cage)
Hoists, chain blocks, pull-lifts, beam trolleys, gantries, pillar jibs etc. 12 months
Lifting Tackle – all types 6 months
Suspended Access Equipment and Building Maintenance Units 6 months
Latchways Safety Cable Systems 6 months
Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – all types 6 months
Vehicle Lifts – all types 6 months
Hydraulic Jacks – all types 12 months
Fork Lift Trucks – all types 6/12 months
Order Pickers – all types 6 months
Scissor Platform Hoists 6 months
Tailboard Loaders 6 months
360 Deg. Hydraulic Excavators – all types 12 months
Grabs – all types 12 months
Wheeled Loading Shovels – all types 12 months
180 Deg. Excavator Loaders – all types 12 months
Excavator / Tractor Attachments – all types 12 months
Skip Hoists 12 months
Telescopic Load Handlers 12 months
Patient Hoists and Patient Slings 6 months