Working at heights

Thursday, 31 October 2019

With so many different brands and products in the market, it can be difficult to know what height safety equipment is best suited to your task. Another issue customers face is how to look after, maintain and service height safety equipment especially if it is being used on a day-to-day basis. For information on evaluating your current fall protection equipment as well as what to look for when choosing new gear, keeping accurate records and the best inspection routine for your gear – click through to the article.


Inspection of lifting lugs

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Lifting lugs come in all shapes and sizes. Even the term ‘lifting lug’ itself comes with multiple definitions and no single standard (let alone a truly prescriptive one) is directly applicable to all. This presents a challenge for inspection. Nevertheless, there are important principles to apply and choosing the right inspection regime helps to reduce the risks that lifting lugs might pose. For more information on lifting lugs, how to make them compliant with Australian Standards as well as periodic and pre-use inspections – click through to the article.


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.