Who Can Inspect Rigging Equipment

Who Can Inspect Rigging Equipment?

Almost all of your lifting, rigging and height safety equipment that you use needs to be tested and tagged by a “competent person”. You can start your journey to be a competent person by setting your basic rigging or dogging ticket in Perth

Height Safety and Confined Space Rigging Equipment

This equipment needs to be visually inspected by a “competent person”  or inspector at least every 6 months. For many fall arrest blocks and inertia reels/ winches, the manufacturer will have a recommended service schedule on top of the regular visual inspections. Servicing involves sending the unit back to the manufacturer where they pull apart and thoroughly check that everything is in full working order, additionally making any repairs where needed. Servicing can be required anywhere from yearly to every 5 years, this varies from supplier to supplier and the individual device.

Round and Web Lifting Slings

These types of slings need to be visually inspected  and tested for issues by a “competent person” at a minimum of every 3 months.

Concrete Clutch/ Concrete Lifter

Concrete clutches need to be load tested every 12 months.

Your Rigging Equipment may need to be inspected at shorter intervals depending on how often it is used.

As with everything, there are some items that don’t fit inside these general categories or that might have specific requirements. There are also some sites that may have additional safety procedures.

Always check over your gear before you go to use it, as it may not be in the same condition since it’s last use.

Tip:If it doesn’t look the same, is really dirty, rusty, the hook doesn’t close or the mechanism doesn’t lock it’s probably no good to use. If you’re ever unsure about your rigging equipment, here at All Lifting we are all about keeping you safe. Our safety inspectors can provide you with peace of mind to ensure you are meeting requirements.

What Equipment Needs to be Tagged?

There is a whole range of lifting equipment that must be inspected and tagged, for example – harnesses, lanyards, shackles, wire rope and lifting chains and slings. We recommend checking with the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) for a full list of gear that requires inspection, and the relevant Australian Standards.

Lifting Equipment Inspection Tags – Colour Code

In order to operate safely, all lifting, rigging and hoisting equipment must be inspected and tagged periodically throughout the year. These inspections should be performed every 3 months and the tags that are placed on the equipment represent which quarter of the year the test was performed in.

What’s on the lifting and rigging inspection tag?

The most commonly used lifting and rigging tags would be something like our Next Inspection Due Tag , which comes in the quarterly inspection colours of red, green, blue and yellow and includes a space to record the date of when the equipment requires inspection next.

These inspection tags can also be customised to suit your particular industry or needs – you can include options like pre-printed data and sequential numbers to aid with record keeping, or add a barcode or QR code to store more complex information without taking up too much space on the tag itself. View Custom Lifting & Rigging Tags.