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Lifting Gear Inspection Checklist Template

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Safety Notes

Lifting gear & slings must conform to the relevant Australian Standards or other prescribed Standard

Uneven loads & loads greater than 1 tonne must be slung by or under the instruction of a qualified rigger or dogman

All commercial-grade equipment must clearly display the Working Load Limit (WLL)

Lifting equipment should be inspected annually by an accredited tester

Do not use out-of-test equipment

Do not overload components


Overloading of components


Failure of components

In-service failure

Damage to equipment

Damage to load

Incompatibility of parts

Detachment from load

Detachment from a crane hook

Loss of control of load


Ensure lifting gear & slings conform to the relevant Australian Standards or other prescribed Standard

Engage a qualified rigger or dogman to sling uneven loads & loads greater than 1 tonne

Ensure all commercial grade equipment clearly displays the working load limit (WLL)


Commercial lifting equipment will carry either the Working Load Limit (WLL) or the grade of the material

Commercial fittings will not be compatible with other fittings. Equipment not labeled with WWL or Grade must not be used


Check that lifting load gear will safely carry the proposed load

Check load charts or load plates on sets & legs of multi-leg sling sets or objects being lifted do not exceed the allowable load

Ensure all equipment has the same WWL to maintain correct Clarence & prevent overloading & components

Use soft packing to protect corners, or use synthetic flexible slings to lift angular or "soft" loads

Use correct hooks to ensure the load or part of the lifting tackle will be secure & will not separate, loosen or dislodge during lifting

Ensure safety hooks & fittings are approved


Lifting equipment should be inspected daily before use

Visibility inspects wire ropes for evidence of wear, damage, broken wires, or kinks. Discard if more than 10% of wires are broken in length equal to Dia x 8

Inspect swayed fittings & thimbles & discard if damaged

Visually inspect slings before use

Check covers of round slings for wear, burns, or cuts. Check load indicators

Inspect webbing slings for cuts, wear or stretching; check eyes and stitching

Keep slings clean to prevent grit from damaging the fabric

Remove faulty slings and sets from service and repairs or destroy

Inspect chains & fittings for cracks, wear, damage or distortion

All repairs should be carried out by a competent person


Slings and sets used on construction and high-risk work, or hired out with cranes, must be inspected and tested annually by a NATA accredited testing facility

Ensure a current testing tag is fitted

Terminal Fittings

Inspect hooks & fittings for wear, cracks, damage & distortion

Keep fittings lightly oiled to maintain movement & prevent corrosion. Wipe off excess oil with a dry cloth

Hired out Equipment

Ensure slings and sets are clearly marked with WWL and load plates

Ensure that sling carry a current test tag

Inspect slings, sets and fittings before and after each hire

Ensure that slings and sets are suitable for the mass and type of proposed loads

Provide protection for slings


Check load charts to ensure that lifting equipment is not overloaded

Ensure that lifting equipment and components are compatible

Use positive closure fittings such as shackles and safety-latch hooks to ensure the load is securely attached

Check that legs of chain sling sets are not twisted, as untwisting can cause ring to roll onto hook latch and detach

Do not put a sling out from under the load and surface. Do not allow a sling to settle between load and surface

Do not pull sling out from under a load by mechanical means

Keep equipment clean from dirt to maintain the integrity of the sling

Wear suitable gloves to protect hands from broken wires and rough edges when handling slings

Avoid exposing lifting equipment to saltwater, heat, corrosives, or and another element that will cause damage

Do not drive vehicles over slings, chains, ropes, or fittings

Wear gloves when handling wire ropes to prevent hand injury


Thoroughly clean slings and fittings after use

Ensure all worn or faulty fittings are replaced by a competent person with compatible fittings

Check WWL of all components

Provide secure clean storage for lifting equipment

Always hang slings and chainsets from pegs, enabling them to hang straight

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