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Use this toolbox talk on inspecting lifting equipment

by , 15 June 2015
There's no exception. Your employees must inspect their lifting equipment.

You have to make sure they do this because it's a legal requirement. So use this toolbox talk to make sure your employees inspect their lifting equipment and avoid injury!

Let's look at the following example just to give you a clearer example of accidents caused by not doing inspections as you should!


Example: Rubin was hooking up a sling chain to a heavy crate. He noticed that one of the chain links was bit dented, but didn't do anything about it. While the heavy crate was being lifted, the chain snapped. The crate fell on top of Rubin, then rolled over and hit a machine. Rubin was badly injured and almost killed. The machine was so badly damaged it couldn't be used.


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What's at stake?

While using lifting equipment makes our work easier they must be inspected for damage, or they can become killing machines. Rubin's ribs were cracked, his lung collapsed. He couldn't work anymore.

What's the danger?

Keep in mind that any part of lifting equipment can break at any time! And so if inspections aren't done on your lifting equipment; this could happen in your workplace. Lifting a weight that's too heavy for the lifting equipment can damage the equipment and the load could fall if the lifting equipment breaks from the strain.

Here's how to protect yourself: seven things you should know

1. You must inspect your lifting equipment every day (OHSAct Regulation for material hoists)
2. Your inspection must include checking guides, ropes and their connections, drums, sheaves, hooks, chains or pulleys and all safety devices
3. Inspection results to be entered into an inspection record book
4. The person doing the inspection must sign the record book
5. The record book must be kept in the area (office) closest to the sling chains
6. Any repair or maintenance must be recorded as well •  Sling chains must be inspected every six months by a competent person with the qualifications to complete a full inspection on lifting equipment
7. Don't lift weights that are heavier than the specified weight allowed for the lifting equipment

So make sure you do your best to plan for the worst, inspect your lifting gear every day. Don't be fooled, lifting equipment can kill!

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