Tip From The Experts: Double Check Your Inspections Checklist
Know What You’re Looking For
Lifting slings and hardware are great tools for making difficult jobs easier, but if misused or used while damaged, a serious hazard can result. Therefore, inspections are critical to ensure that rigging equipment is in proper working order. Fulcrum Lifting offers an on-site inspection service to assist with that task.
Sometimes when Fulcrum Lifting receives a request to inspect equipment, the end user doesn’t know exactly what needs to be inspected, what documents are needed, and the importance of follow-up. We hope to make your life easier by outlining some simple tasks to make your next inspection productive and efficient so you can feel confident that your equipment is in proper working order.
Get equipment ready
- Give notice to employees to retrieve from lockers and tool boxes
- This speeds the process along: if we cannot see it, we cannot inspect it
Designate an employee to work with us
- He/she can help answer any questions concerning applications and location of the equipment
- This serves as a good experience for the employee
- He/she can assist with the disposal of bad equipment (see below)
Have a backup plan
- Develop a backup plan for critical equipment by either stocking up on extras or planning to temporarily operate without this equipment. Our inspection criterion is completely independent of the importance of the equipment.
- Although we take great strides to ensure timely repair and replacement work, rejected lifting equipment may be temporarily out of service.
- Fulcrum Lifting tags every item that we have rejected during our inspection with a yellow “DO NOT USE” tag, but WE WILL NOT dispose of materials ourselves unless specifically directed. This is the end user’s responsibility as this is your property.
- Destroy or otherwise verify that rejected equipment does not return to circulation either in the workplace or for personal use.
- Per ASME B30.9, all sling users should be trained in the inspection of slings. We offer our services to assist users with their maintenance. Ultimately, the user is responsible for the care and use of their materials and a commitment to care of rigging products is the best practice as rigging conditions can change moment to moment.
Fulcrum Lifting is always available to help you with your inspections, which are critical to the safety and success of your next project! Please contact us anytime to schedule an inspection.