If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of lifting equipment, you must make sure the lifting equipment is safe. The main requirements for you as a ‘duty holder’ are in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). This leaflet provides advice on the options you have under LOLER relating to the requirement for thorough examination and inspection of lifting equipment and explains the benefits of having an ‘examination scheme’. However, this […]
A scaffold used for construction should be inspected before it is used for the first time and then every 7 days, until it is removed. It should also be inspected each time it is exposed to conditions likely to cause deterioration eg following adverse weather conditions or following substantial alteration.
Careful visual examination is the most important and the most universally accepted method of inspection. However, this does require entry to the vessel, which itself presents risks to inspection personnel, and also requires a period out-of-service which impacts productivity. By using advanced NDT methods the requirement for internal visual examination can be reduced, or potentially removed. These NDT methods include: Corrosion Mapping Ultrasonic thickness measurement and flaw detection MFL Screening Magnetic-particle examination for cracks and other elongated discontinuities