Routine equipment instructions are critical when it comes to rigging and lifting hardware. These routine inspections have many benefits, the most vital being workplace safety. Routine inspections can detect and potentially prevent equipment failure, leading to extensive damage or even fatal injuries on the job site. Additional benefits include increased productivity and reduced maintenance and repairs. However, many people wonder how often you should inspect rigging equipment. Continue reading to find out how frequently rigging equipment should be inspected.
This inspection is a recommended industry practice, where the rigging hardware is inspected upon receiving from the supplier or manufacturer. This inspection will allow you to verify that the rigging hardware complies with the current industry standards., so it’s essential to inspect whether the equipment is new, altered, modified, or repaired.
The initial inspection includes but is not limited to the following:
- Checking the equipment for missing or illegible identification or tags
- Looking for cracks or breaks in the components
- Identifying equipment with excessive wear and tear
- Checking the hardware for manufacturing or modification defects
Daily or Frequent Inspection
In addition to the initial inspection, frequent inspections should also be performed on rigging equipment, depending on how often they’re used. In most cases, daily inspections are sufficient. However, inspections should be performed before each shift or use in some cases. This inspection usually includes a hands-on visual inspection to identify potential defects, damages, or deformities in the rigging equipment and its components.
OSHA and ASME require rigging hardware to be inspected and documented every twelve months. In harsher working environments, these inspections may need to be more frequent.