Lifting Equipment Inspection Register
What Is A Lifting Equipment Inspection Register?
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In addition, you should also reference the following publications available from the Health and Safety Executive:
A lifting equipment inspection register is an essential tool for operations manager with responsibility for ensuring safe operations in their workplace. The enable managers to monitor the inventory levels of various types of lifting equipment they have, monitor serviceability and location of their lifting gear and the managers who are responsible for it.
In essence, the lifting equipment inspection register enables managers to assess and manage risks arising from the use of lifting gear in their workplace. The scope and types of lifting gear are very diverse and covers any item of equipment or accessories used with that equipment to lift, move or pull loads eg:
- Hand, electric or pneumatically operated hoists
- Lifting equipment accessories like shackles, slings, eyebolts, chains, wire ropes, lifting beams and pulleys
- Personnel access equipment including MEWPS (mobile elevating work platforms)
- Harnesses and fixing anchors used to prevent falls
- Vehicle hoists
- Passenger elevator lifts
The Lifting Equipment Inspection Register Template
A template or checklist which forms the basis for the lifting equipment inspection checklist or register can be provided in paper or electronic form. However, online lifting equipment inspection software solutions now provide the optimal means for managing theses critical processes. Here are a few examples of the types of recorded elements that feature in a contemporary onsite software system.
1. Operations managers are responsible for ensuring that all items of lifting equipment under their responsibility are identified and logged in a lifting equipment inspection register. The resister will also track auxiliary items like slings, eye bolts and shackles as well
2. Operations managers must provide a detailed lifting equipment list and arrange a thorough examination schedule for each item in the list
3. Operations managers must ensure that equipment used for lifting personnel is subject to a thorough examination by a competent person at a minimum 6 month interval
4. Operations managers must ensure that equipment used for lifting non-personnel “dead weight” is subject to a thorough examination by a competent person at a minimum 6 or 12 month intervals or shorter if deemed appropriate in the manufacturers’ service manual for a particular piece of lifting gear, its relative usage, age or the conditions it has been operating in
5. Operations managers must ensure that equipment is routinely maintained and inspected. In addition, managers must record all inspection and maintenance activity for each item of lifting equipment and maintain those records throughout their service life and include details of when the piece of lifting equipment was in service, under repair and maintenance and withdrawn from service and scrapped
6. Operations managers must ensure that all third party service providers engaged to repair, maintain install and inspect lifting equipment possess all the requisite competencies, accreditations and public liability insurance to do so
7. Operations managers must ensure that all third party service providers engaged to repair, maintain install and inspect lifting equipment possess all the requisite competencies, accreditations and public liability insurance to do so
8. Operations managers must ensure that operatives required to use lifting equipment in their workplace have received the necessary training to ensure that they are competent to use the equipment
9. Operations managers must ensure that all lifting carried out in the workplace is planned, assessed, carried out and supervised by competent persons
10. Operations managers must report all incidents including a lifting equipment failure in accordance with the HSE reportable incidents procedure under the RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries Disease or Dangerous Occurrence Regulations
LOLER Inspection Checklist Template
The LOLER Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations place a legal responsibility on organisations using lifting equipment in their workplaces that it is:
1. Of robust construction and suitable to use for purpose it is intended and carries clear, safe working load information
2. Installed and sited in such a way as to minimise risks eg falling objects
3. Used in a safe manner with work planned, managed and carried out by competent employees
4. Inspected and thoroughly examined by competent persons at the recommended intervals for a particular piece of lifting equipment
Thorough Examination Reports
The findings and outcomes of thorough examinations that have been carried out on lifting gear should be recorded as a formal statement in the competent person’s report. An initial through examination determines that a piece of equipment is safe to use and thorough examinations conducted at prescribed intervals through the service life of a piece of equipment are utilised to confirm that the lifting gear continues to be safe to use.
In practice, inspections are almost always carried out in between a thorough examination. As mentioned earlier, there are many factors which govern the relative frequency with which lifting equipment inspections should be carried out. These inspections may be daily, weekly or monthly etc to ensure that any defects are identified and rectified as soon as possible.