What should be covered in a third-party inspection for lifting equipment?

September 9, 2021 11:29 am Published by

Lifting inspections should be performed by qualified and competent personnel who understand the signs of hazards and potential damage that a dysfunctional machine could cause to the workplace. Dutest provides proof load and initial testing with an equipped team to examine the safety of equipment at their clients’ premises to ensure safety and dependability of lifting appliances.

What should be covered during a thorough third-party examination?

Risk Assessment: Undertaking a risk assessment includes routinely checking for hazards in lifting operations. Inspectors will identify the hazards and restricted areas while specifying the number of competent people required. They also dispatch the procedures for emergency, recovery and contingency plans while selecting the lifting equipment and check that the lifting appliances comply with applicable international standards and industry- accepted codes of practice.

Work Environment Conditions:  While planning for the procedure of the job project the work environment is examined and accounted for in the execution process. The parameters that are ticked off the list cover weather, noise, visibility, terrain types, site access and surrounding operations. In case of a change in plans the contingency procedure will be prepared in advance.

Equipment Standards:

Examination of relevant equipment standards which can be followed consist of the following.

  • Verification of documentation
  • Review of the previous inspection reports
  • Maintenance and equipment history
  • Use of lifting appliance in relation to lifespan analysis
  • Condition control
  • Test of all functions, safety functions, and limit switches
  • Test of all emergency operation systems and functions
  • Measurement of wear and tear
  • Visual inspection
  • Wire rope sheave and wire rope inspection
  • Reporting and signing for completed control

Measuring the wear level: Inspectors look out for whether your equipment has been damaged by charring, excessive abrasion and has corrosion spots. These warning signs are taken seriously and include the mandated disposal of impaired rigging gear.

Periodic testing:  To ensure that materials are safe and reliable material testing, laboratory testing and field testing are undertaken to proof test lifting equipment before it is brought into service.  Laboratory testing is used as a follow-up if field testing of construction equipment is done later. Field testing is an on-site process to test the equipment’s physical properties and strength through a combination of visual inspection and non-destructive methods to protect the equipment from damage.

Dutest provides third party inspection services in UAE and offers testing and certification work on lifting equipment including passenger lifts and escalators, goods lifts, forklift trucks, MEWPS, cherry pickers, lifting structures, anchorage points and lifting beams. We accredit destructive and non-destructive inspection work in accordance with statutory regulations to fit our clients project needs for safe operations.


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