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Do you know how to take care of your company's lifting equipment properly?

by , 21 October 2013
Do you inspect your lifting equipment and tackle every three months? You should! It's a legal requirement! Read on to discover how to take care of your lifting equipment so you can meet ALL your legal obligations.

If you use lifting equipment in your company, it's your responsibility to ensure the equipment is:

  • Made correctly;
  • Made of sound material;
  • Of adequate strength;
  • Free from patent defects; and
  • Constructed in accordance with accepted technical standards.

That's not all.

Here's what you need to know to properly take care of your lifting tackle equipment

'Lifting tackle are important units of any operating equipment, so treat them accordingly,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

When taking your lifting equipment for service, make sure it's numbered and indexed with individual serial numbers.

This'll help identify the equipment when inspections are carried out or when problems are identified.

You must also conduct health and safety inspections every three months.

Keep in mind that chain slings of lifting tackle are often damaged when not in use. For example, if thrown on the floor, they collect abrasive grit.

This causes undue wear when the chain sling is used. To avoid this, clean your chain slings regularly. Also, oil the chains if you're going to store your equipment for a long period.

Please note that 'one of the most damaging abuses of lifting equipment is overloading. Each piece of lifting equipment has a definite, rated maximum mass load. So make sure you select the correct lifting equipment for the job,' says the Advisor.

Knowing how to take care of your lifting tackle will help ensure you comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

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