You may have your lifting equipment inspected for legislative or Health and Safety reasons. Whatever the reason, the inspection should be carried out to give you the necessary confidence that you are only operating equipment that is safe to use.
Velosi is one of a few companies that is fully accredited by UKAS for Inspection and Certification of lifting equipment that is independent of an insurance company.
Services Velosi provide, both onshore and offshore include:
• Written Schemes of Examination
• Design Review and Calculations
• Materials Inspection
• Manufacturing Certification and Inspection
• Load Testing
• In Service Inspection and Re-Certification
In the United Kingdom, it is The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), made under the Health and Safety at Work Act, which apply. However, most countries have the own specific statutory regulations. These Regulations usually apply to all premises and work situations that are subject to local Health & Safety laws.
The Regulations are primarily aimed at lifting equipment such as cranes, lifts, and hoists, but also cover components such as chains, ropes, slings, hooks, shackles and eye bolts. In some countries, the regulations, such as LOLER, also appy to a range of other lifting equipment, similar to traditional types such as rope access climbing equipment, loaders, ladders and vehicle tail lifts.
Velosi is able to review your equipment specifications and advise you on the inspection requirements. If no local legislation applies in the country of operations, Velosi is able to assist with assessing the equipment inspection requirements, including periodicity, by using best practice and international codes and standards.
The regulations normally require employers to ensure that, before equipment is put into use for the first time, it is thoroughly examined for defects, unless the equipment has not been used before and has a CE mark.
Once in use, the user has a responsibility to ensure that the equipment is thoroughly examined at regular intervals, as defined in the regulation.
The examinations must be carried out by a Competent Person who is able to be independent and impartial. The level of examination depends on several factors and based on the risks that could arise. The Competent Person must also decide on any appropriate tests that need to be carried out to ensure compliance.
Velosi is able to carry out full equipment assessments and determine the requirements of each type of equipment. Once this is done, it is possible to implement a complete management control system to track and monitor each item so that its inspection status is known. This system can be tailored to the client’s specific requirements and can be augmented by either a computerised database or a manual system. Also, if required, Velosi is able to implement a tagging system which can be colour coded to suit the client’s requirements so that equipment whose inspection is out of date is easily identifiable and can, therefore, be put out of use until the inspection has been completed.
To assist with maintaining a high level of service, Velosi is a member of the LEEA Lifting Equipment Engineers Association.
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