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Safeguard workers with a lifting equipment inspection checklist

Lifting equipment inspection is an important process that should be performed regularly to ensure the safety of workers and the quality of the materials being lifted

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Lifting Equipment Inspection Checklist
General
Person conducting inspection
Date & Time
Use of Eqipment
How often will the equipment be used?
Where will the equipment be used?
What are the nature and characteristics of the intended load?
Intended loads will be different from day to day
Most of the loads will be relatively light but non-normal shapes
Loads will be carried over short distances but in highly trafficked areas
What is the safe working load of the equipment?
Suitability of Equipment
Is the equipment ergonomic for its intended operator?
Has the equipment undergone a PUWER risk assessment?
Is the equipment suitable for its intended purpose?
Is the equipment made from materials that are suitable for the conditions it will be used in?
Positioning and Installing
Is the equipment installed or positioned in such a way that they need to lift or suspend loads above people is minimized?
If it moves along a fixed path, is the load/equipment protected by a suitable enclosure?
Is access to trapping points closed off or are trapping points prevented altogether?
Is there enough headroom for assessing/egressing the sit of operations so to safely position and install the equipment?
If more than one piece of lifting equipment is in use within close proximity, is the risk of collision of the equipment or loads prevented?
Have measures been taken to prevent people from falling down shafts or hoistways?
Are suitable barriers or gates in place (at least 2m in height) for preventing people from gaining access to lifting operations sites?
Are proximity hazards, e.g. nearby buildings and structures, taken into account?
Is there a 6m exclusion zone in place where it's possible someone could be struck whilst working near a crane's wheel tracks?
If the lifting equipment cannot be positioned in such a way that the operator has a full view of the path, is there a banksman to guide them?
Strengthen and Stability
Is the equipment capable of lifting the load (refer to the Saf Working Load)?
Has the environment been taken into account? For example, sloped surfaces, uneven terrain, weather conditions, etc.
Is the equipment stable and are measures taken to prevent destabilization if certain factors my compromise it, e.g terrain?
Have measures been taken to prevent overturning?
Have the mounting or fixing points been taken into account?
Is dragging of loads not permitted when it could cause damage or overturning to the equipment?
Organization of Lifting Operations
Are all lifting operations thoroughly planned beforehand?
Does the plan cover everyone's responsibilities, the resources needed for the operation, and what should be done if adverse conditions develop, e.g. high winds or significantly reduced visibility?
Are all lifting operations suitably supervised?
Have signals and/or verbal communication been established between those involved in the operation?
Does the competent person know how to derate equipment when necessary?
Is there a system in place for ensuring the safe lifting and handling of loads with unknown weights?
When testing of equipment is carried out, e.g. overloading, is the surrounding area clear and are only workers necessary to the task involved?
Marking Lifting Equipment
Is the safe working load for each configuration of equipment clearly marked or labeled somewhere?
Are accessories (which can be kept separate from their equipment) marked or labeled to specify which equipment they're for?
If lifting accessories and/or their configuration may affect the safe working load equipment, is this marked or labeled somewhere?
Equipment for Lifting People
Is the equipment used for lifting people clearly marked to distinguish that it is for this purpose, the number of people it can carry, and the safe working load?
Does the person being lifted have a suitable way of communicating with the operator or some else involved in the operation?
Are there a suitable and reliable means of rescue in the instance emergency of failure?
Are additional precautions taken where necessary to ensure the safety of people being lifted, e.g. the use of harnesses?
Is the platform or hoist of adequate size and strength tp accommodate the person(s) who will be using them?
Is edge protection provided where necessary (typically if fall areas exceed 2m), e.g., gates and barriers (that open inward)?
Attaching, Detaching, and Securing Loads
Are lifting accessories used compatible with the intended load?
Does the operator wait for authorization to begin lifting operations once the load handler has attached or detached a load?
Is the center of gravity of the load found before proceeding with lifting operations?
Are additional measures taken to secure loads that might break up, e.g. a pallet of bricks secured in plastic sheeting?
Are slings protected from damage due to sharp edges with suitable packaging?
Suspended Loads
Are operations that require suspending loads above people prevented or reorganized so they don't put people at risk?
If loads are left suspended in between lifting operations, is access to this zone prevented?
Are suspended loads prevented from swinging and swaying excessively during operations?
Storage
Are lifting equipment and accessories stored in a suitable environment that will not lead to deterioration over time?
Where one particular area is regularly required for lifting operations, is it marked out, e.g. with a yellow hatched box, to prevent materials from being stored in it?
Required Actions
Comments or Required Actions
Cordon of areas around lifting equipment to minimize the time spent suspending loads above peoples heads
Put suitable barriers in place to prevent non-authorized personnel from gaining access to the lift
Lifting operations could have been better planned, Coordinate with the project manager to find out where we went wrong and change the procedure
Need additional straps for additional measures taken to secure loads that might break up
Comments
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Essential Checklist for Safe and Effective Lifting Equipment Inspection


Lifting equipment inspection is an important part of any workplace safety program. Regular inspections help ensure that all lifting operations are conducted safely and that equipment is in good working condition. A comprehensive lifting equipment inspection checklist should be used to document the inspection process and identify any potential hazards.


Inspectors should look for signs of wear, tear, or damage on the equipment and document it, as well as defective parts or components. Any damaged or worn parts should be replaced before the equipment is used. The inspector should also check the lifting mechanisms for proper operation. This includes examining the hoisting and latching mechanisms, as well as checking the structural integrity of the lifting equipment.


By utilizing the lifting equipment inspection checklist template inspectors can help ensure that all lifting operations are conducted safely and that equipment is in good working condition.


Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.