Quality is, of course, the number one factor in lifting equipment—the tough jobs you need done depend on the quality of your equipment. But it’s not everything.
Of utmost importance is the safety: equipment that is
designed with safety in mind, and, just as importantly, operating under safe conditions at all times.
The ASME B30.20 Standard—the Below-the-Hook Lifting Device Safety Standard—requires several types of inspections in order to maintain the safety, and it’s crucial that these inspections are performed. All devices are required to undergo the following inspections:
1) Every Lift Inspection
Each and every inspection must include a visual examination to be performed by the equipment operator, which includes looking for damage, verifying the condition and operation of controls, and verifying the condition and operation of indicators and meters when installed.
2) Frequent Inspection
A visual examination must frequently be performed by the operator or other designated persons, with records not required. Normal service devices should undergo this inspection weekly to monthly, and heavy service devices must undergo this inspection daily to weekly. Frequent inspections must include inspection of structural members for deformation, cracks, excessive wear of any part, and loose or missing guards, fasteners, covers, stops, or nameplates. Additionally, operational mechanisms should be checked.
3) Periodic Inspection
A periodic inspection must be performed and recorded, and include a visual inspection of loose bolts and fasteners, and cracked or worn gears, pulleys, sheaves, sprockets, bearings, chains, and belts. Also, excessive wear of friction pads, linkages, mechanical parts, and missing safety labels should be checked. A periodic inspection must be performed annually for normal service equipment, semiannually for heavy service equipment, and quarterly for severe service equipment.
Be sure all relevant personnel are familiar with these requirements and always put safety at the forefront of everything you do.