When should your lifting equipment be inspected?

At Elevate lifting and Rigging we take calls every day with the question – ‘When should I have my lifting equipment inspected’.

Unfortunately, it is not a simple ‘insert period here’ answer!

Most lifting equipment has periodic inspection and/or testing requirements specific to that item. The majority of lifting products will require annual inspections such as shackles, eyebolts and hoisting products such as chain blocks and lever hoists.

The most common lifting products – Chain slings, wire rope slings and synthetic slings are more stringent. All periodic inspection and testing is detailed in the relevant Australian Standards. These standards vary from product to product. For example, chain slings come under AS3775.2-2014, Synthetic flat slings under AS1353.2-1997 and Synthetic Soft round slings AS4497-2018. Further below we have listed some common standards with inspection/testing intervals.

Concrete lifting clutches are in the spotlight at the moment and rightfully so as they are used in a significant, often dangerous sector of the construction industry. Designed for lifting of panels concrete lifting clutches must be TESTED annually

What is not negotiable is the responsibility of the user to perform the following before each use:

  • All equipment must be inspected by the user before use.
  • Equipment subject to heavy usage may require more regular documented inspection.
  • Where unsure about inspection interval criteria always refer to appropriate Australian standards and/or manufacturers specifications.
  • Any item requiring repair must be repaired and proof load tested upon completion to appropriate procedure if stated in the appropriate standard.

Lifting equipment inspection services

At Elevate Lifting and Rigging we are proud to be a member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association). LEEA is the largest lifting trade association worldwide. Structured to provide a local focus, ensure compliance with Australian regulations and standards and provide networking opportunities across the industry. Member companies work in lifting equipment design, manufacture, service and repair, distribution, inspection and hire across Australia.

All our lifting equipment technicians meet the competent person requirements as set out in Australian Standards which ensures your assets are kept in date and comply. Call customer service now on 1300 437 842 to book one of our qualified technicians to come to your site.

At Elevate Lifting and Rigging we use the following colour code system, commonly used in the electrical industry and known as The RGBY System. (RUGBY).

It is as follows:

December/January/February – RED

March/April/May – GREEN

June/July/August – BLUE

September/October/November – YELLOW

While not mandatory in the lifting and rigging industry, it is a great way to identify if your equipment is in date, not just up close but from a distance, as lifting equipment so often is.

Contact our customer service team to discuss this tagging option further. At Elevate Lifting and Rigging we use coloured wire locks which act as a permanent fit to your lifting equipment. They can be tied to the smallest item i.e.: shackles right through to the largest, i.e.: an overhead crane. These wire locks are an addition to safety tags/labels that must be fitted to all lifting equipment ensuring compliance to relevant Australian or manufacturers standards.

Elevate Lifting and Rigging ensure your lifting equipment is managed with a minimum of fuss. Our LINK asset management system is the latest in cloud-based asset programs. As a matter of course, all Elevate lifting and rigging clients have their new items automatically added to their asset register at time of purchase introducing to service. Periodic inspection dates are entered at that time and in turn alerting the client when the items are due for inspection.

So, to ensure your lifting equipment is managed appropriately get the experts to do it for you. Contact the customer service team at Elevate Lifting and Rigging today to book one of our qualified technicians on 1300 437 842 or visit us at www.elevatelifting.com.au

Download your copy of our inspection schedule:

Elevate Lifting Height Safety Equipment Inspection Schedule

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Chain is Chain is Chain – Examining The difference between Grades of chain.

We are constantly asked at Elevate “why can’t I use any type of chain for lifting?” and “How to identify chain grade”? The simple answer is that there are many variations designed for different applications.

Chain is generally described using its grade. At Elevate we stock all grades of chain from reputable manufacturers.

Common manufacturers are Thiele, KITO PWB, Yoke, Pewag, Gunnebo and RUD.

The list below shows the most common chains supplied not only to industry but in some cases general household use. All chains except for hardware are generally manufactured to Australian Standards. At Elevate we only supply chain that conforms to the standard applicable to the grade.

Chains are available in self colour, galvanised, Zinc or painted. Most common colours are yellow, Blue, Orange and Green. Most manufacturers have a colour that identifies the chain as theirs.

Commercial Chain – Commercial chain is a basic economical chain manufactured for general purpose applications. Available in galvanised or self-colour options. It is not to be used for lifting or lashing.

Proof Coil – Proof Coil is a tested, not heat treated, mild steel chain. Manufactured in sizes from 6mm to 24mm. It is manufactured from low grade carbon steel and is proof tested to at least twice the maximum load recommended for use. Available in galvanised or self-colour options. It is not to be used for lifting or lashing.

Stainless Steel – Stainless Steel chain is manufactured from Type 316 or 304 stainless which is highly resistant to corrosion in acid, alkaline, marine and salt-water environments. Typical applications for stainless steel chain include pump chains, netting chains and trawl chains. Available in short and regular link. Also available in lifting grade, specifically Grade 60, this is available on request from Elevate.

Grade 70 – manufactured from high tensile steel. Also know as tie down or transport. Chains and fittings are a vital component of safe transport of goods. Chain suitability is determined by its size, strength, hardness and elongation. Elevate supplies high quality chain and assemblies that comply with AS 4344. Identified by the Australian standard along with the lashing capacity stamped on the links. Grade 70 fittings are available suitable for this grade of chain only.

Grade 80 – is manufactured from alloy steel and is hardened and tempered. It has a load bearing capacity more than three times of mild steel chain. This chain complies with AS 2321 for Lifting Chains. It is the most common high tensile chain used in chain assemblies and is compatible with an extensive range of lifting fittings. Identified by markings on the link such as T, 8, 80 or 800. Grade 80 is a harder chain than grade 70 and does not yield like lower grades.

Grade 100 – is manufactured from alloy steel and is hardened and tempered like Grade 80. It offers 25% greater working load limits than Grade 80. This chain complies with AS 2321 for Lifting Chains. It is compatible with a limited range of lifting fittings. Identified by markings on the link such as 10, 100.

Grade 120 – the new player on the block. Still trailing well behind grade 80 and grade 100, Grade 120 chain is designed for the biggest overhead lifting applications. Grade 120 Chain is a premium chain manufactured from high strength alloy steel. Grade 120 Chain has a 50 percent increase in working load limit as compared to a similar size chain in Grade 80.  The Significant weight advantage grade 120 offer makes handling, storing and transporting considerably more safely and economical.

For further information contact the customer service team at Elevate and we will answer all you chain related questions.

 

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