Design life of lifting equipment

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Lifting tackle encompasses many different types of items such as hooks, shackles, chain slings, round slings, snatch blocks and plate clamps. Many of these seem big, strong and indestructible, yet we know that it is basically mechanical equipment that (much like anything else) has a finite service life. Operating equipment past its use-by date has many perils. Managing your lifting gear with the aim of minimising age-related risks is strongly advised. For more information from Nobles Engineering on the design life of lifting equipment – click through to read the article.


Domestic versus imported products: What you need to know

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

It is a question commonly asked in the lifting and rigging industry – "Are imported products just as good as domestic products?" and when safety is a priority for many lifting and rigging industries that answer is not as simple as some may think.  This article focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of domestic and imported products, it also covers the questions you need to ask yourself before purchasing imported products as well as how to ensure your distributor is providing quality products that are safety compliant.


Crane Safety: How to ensure you're not another statistic

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Several crane related accidents made headline news last year and the majority were due to operator error. In Australia, since 2003 there have been over 50 worker deaths involving cranes and many more serious injury claims. Operating a crane is complex and potentially dangerous so it is critical that risks and hazards are managed, and your staff have the necessary skills to safely operate a crane. To find out what steps you should follow to ensure worker safety as well as how to navigate environmental factors and verifying crane operator competency - click through to the article.


Update to Australian Standard (AS2317.1-2018) for collared eyebolts and eyenuts

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

A new Australian Standard has just been released, this time concerning the humble collared eyebolt. Australian Standards have valuable guidance for users of lifting gear and AS2317.1-2018 contains extended detail for use as well as new requirements for markings. This new standard governs low tensile eyebolts and eyenuts, which are called grade 4 to align with international terminology.  For all the details on this update - click through to the article.


How to ensure payload stability for safer lifts

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Whenever planning to lift something our initial focus turns to the payload; where to connect lifting devices, and what rigging to use to reach those connection points. Unfortunately, in this initial phase it is easy for the overall stability of the lift to be overlooked. Where the stability of the rigging does not meet the stability needs of the payload - disaster awaits!  This article will help you understand the different lifting methods available to ensure the stability of your payload resulting in a safer lift.


Keys to compliant lifting and rigging inspections

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Making sure your lifting & rigging equipment is inspected by a qualified person is critical to ensure the safety of your workers.  While DIY inspections might seem attractive, there are many hidden costs and potential risks associated with inspecting and managing lifting equipment.  This article details what you should look for in a lifting & rigging inspector and how to safeguard your workplace against unqualified personnel.