Why Do I Need A Maintenance Contract For My Lifting Equipment?
There are three important reasons why lifting equipment should be regularly serviced:
1. To ensure efficient operation with no costly downtime
2. To ensure the safety of everyone using or near to the equipment
3. To comply with legal requirements and safety regulations
Lifting operations often put operators and other employees at risk of injury and accidents can be disastrous and very costly in terms of lost time, sick pay, damage or loss of product, extra wages or overtime working, production delays, investigation time, fines and legal costs.
Keeping up to date and compliant with safety regulations such as LOLER, PUWER and the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 is difficult but essential, to ensure that accidents do not occur but that, if they do, businesses are able to prove that they complied with all their legal requirements.
Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), all lifting equipment must be fit for purpose, clearly marked to indicate safe working loads, with records of maintenance and inspections carried out by a competent person. These inspections must contain:
• The examination date
• The date when the next thorough inspection is due
• Any defects found
A competent person, as defined in the LOLER Approved Code of Practice Guidance, is someone who has “appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.”
The competent person must not be the same person who undertakes routine maintenance of the equipment, because they would not be able to impartially assess their own maintenance work.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (1999 in Northern Ireland) deal with work equipment and machinery in workplaces and aims to ensure that all equipment is:
• maintained regularly to ensure safety
• inspected by competent operators
• suitable for its intended purpose
• only used by those with adequate training
In addition, PUWER also requires that all equipment and machinery is adapted or constructed to ensure that it can be used safely in whatever conditions or circumstances it will be operating.
PUWER regulations do not apply to suppliers of the equipment – it is very firmly the responsibility of the purchaser of the equipment who needs to comply. These regulations do not refer to equipment used by the public – this is covered by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Peace of mind
So you need to comply with these regulations, keep people safe and prevent costly breakdowns. As manufacturers of manual handling and lifting equipment for over 40 years, we can help you ensure that you are meeting all these needs by building you a maintenance program to fit your unique requirements and your budget. We know the regulations inside out and we will offer what you need to keep everyone protected. We have many different options but the prevailing advantage is peace of mind.
Advanced Handling offer:
• A regular maintenance program suited to your needs and budget
• A flexible fast response
• Quick, successful repairs
• Legal compliance
• Peace of mind
Make your decision based on long term value, not cost alone. Saving money on maintenance in the short term is a false economy if more expensive breakdowns or accidents are the result.
For real peace of mind and packages from the manual handling and lifting experts, please contact our friendly team on 01775 345365 or email email@example.com for options and prices.