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Lifting Gear Inspection Checklist Template

Before using any lifting equipment, it is important to perform a proper inspection. This includes checking the condition of the lift and its components, verifying that all safety features are in working order, and ensuring that the operator is qualified to operate the equipment safely. Below you'll find a complete lifting equipment inspection checklist that can help you properly check everything before starting work.

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Lifting Gear Inspection Checklist Template

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Required

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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

Risk

Overloading of components
Cuts
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

Planning

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)

Standards

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

Selection

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

Inspection

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

Statutory

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

Operation

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

Completion

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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Ensure a safe and effective lifting equipment inspection


One of the most crucial items of equipment utilised on construction, industrial, and other work sites around the world is lifting equipment. Ensure the safe operation of your lifting equipment is to having an inspection checklist in place. This will help you identify any problems with the equipment, and ensure that it is working properly before each use. This lifting gear inspection checklist comes with a proven and reliable framework, with sections for the use of the equipment, suitability of the equipment, positioning and installation (if necessary), as well as more. It's essential that you have the proper documentation of your lifting gear inspections available at all times so that any issues can be addressed quickly and safely.


To ensure a safe and effective lifting equipment inspection, follow these simple guidelines:


  • Always wear safety gear when inspecting or working with lifting equipment. This includes a hard hat, eye protection, sleeves and pants to protect skin from cuts and abrasions, a dust mask if exposure is possible, and gloves. Make sure the loading platform is level before using the machine. If not levelled correctly, it could cause instability while carrying or moving objects.
  • Use caution when handling heavy loads. Lifting heavy weights can strain your back muscles and joints – be sure to take frequent breaks during an inspection or use of lifting equipment to avoid injury.
  • Inspect all components of the lift properly – this will help detect any potential problems early on that may lead to accidents later on.
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