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.: lifting 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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New Product Launch – BlueLink Dynanometer

Crosby Straightpoint are pleased to announce the release of its BlueLink Dynanometer. For 40 years Straightpoint has manufactured and supplied cabled and wireless telemetry loadlink, load shackles, load cells, digital dynamometers, compression loadcells, crane scales, running line tensiometers and software solutions as well as a range of intrinsically safe load cells.


Elevate Lifting and Rigging are a proud supplier of the Crosby Straightpoint product range.


The BlueLink Dynanometer is designed to replace outdated mechanical products still in the field this 6500kg Dynamometer, the “BlueLink” is the latest SP product to feature our proprietary Bluetooth wireless technology.

The Bluetooth signal effortlessly connects to any iOS or Android smartphone that has our free HHP app installed and provides the operator a wireless range of up to 100m – allowing them to stand themselves in a safe position from the load with no requirement to read a load on the loadcell itself. The app will also allow the operator to log data versus time or on events such as over or underload and the adjustable alarm will alert the operator on their smartphone if any overload is occurring.

Rigged using industry standard shackles such as Crosby G2130 the Bluelink has been designed to minimise headroom (156mm from eye to eye) and its compact lightweight design does not sacrifice on strength with a safety factor of over 500%.

Constructed from high quality aerospace grade aluminium and hard anodized it features an advanced internal design structure. This design not only provides the product with an unrivalled strength to weight ratio, but it also allows the use of a separate internal sealed enclosure providing the load cell’s electronic components with NEMA6 or IP67 environmental protection even with the battery cover plate missing, making this industry compact dynamometer even more suitable for use in the harshest industrial or leisure environments.

The BlueLink is powered by four x standard AA alkaline batteries that provide more than 500 hours transmission time and its internal antennae ensures loads to an accuracy of 0.1% FS are transmitted safely.



  • Bluetooth wireless connection to any iOS or Android device with SP HHP App
  • Wireless Range of 100m
  • Battery Life of 500hrs
  • Environmentally Sealed to IP67/NEMA6
  • 90db Audible alarm alert for high/low values
  • Internal Antennae
  • Remote On-Off from HHP App
  • 100 Hz Peak Hold
  • Push button Tare


  • Small to medium crane lifts
  • Millwrighting – machinists – mechanics
  • Freight and cargo weighing
  • Aircraft and marine vessel manufacturing/building
  • Cable/rope tensioning
  • Precision field testing of chain, rope, wire.
  • Multiple applications within construction, transportation and logistics, and material handling


  • 2 year warranty
  • Design validated by F.E.A.
  • Complies with ASME B30.26


  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Calibration & proof test certificate
  • Multi lingual user manual
  • Carry / transit case
  • RFID Tagged


Now available in stock and simple plug and play operation the BlueLink is a load monitoring device you will wonder how you ever monitored loads without it. Elevate Lifting and Rigging also stock the 6.5tn Grade S bow Shackles that are required to connect to existing rigging.

Complete with secure carry case the BlueLink Dynanometer remains secure while not in use.

Elevate Lifting and Rigging supply the complete range of Crosby Straightpoint products. For further information please contact our customer service team on 1300 434 842 and ask for one our Load monitoring specialists.

Alternatively click on the below link which takes you to our quick enquiry page and we will return your quotation immediately.

Bluelink Dynanometer – Request a Quote

Elevate Lifting and Rigging ship to Australia and New Zealand Wide at very economical rates.

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