Preventing wire rope corrosion

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Lubrication can be one of the most effective ways of extending the life of a crane rope, but why is lubrication so important when it comes to wire rope? The answer is, due to its construction, the total surface area of all the wires that make up a wire rope is about 16 times larger than the surface area of a steel bar of comparable dimensions. This means that if no precautions are taken, a steel wire rope will be 16 times more likely to corrode as a steel bar. The other solutions to preventing corrosion is the design and manufacture of the wire rope chosen. For more information on wire rope choice as well as the importance of lubrication, please click through to the article.

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Lifecycle management of overhead gantry cranes and hoists

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Lifecycle maintenance and monitoring of overhead gantry cranes and fixed lifting equipment assets is set out in the Australian Standards. These Standards provide not only guidance but also recommendations around lifecycle management. This article has been drafted to help breakdown these Standards allowing you to better understand what these recommendations mean and how you can ensure your assets and workers are safe and compliant. We detail the different types of inspections, the intended purpose of each and the minimum inspection frequency as per the Australian Standards. We also include information on the benefits of predictive, preventative and planned maintenance on your overhead crane lifting equipment as well as the importance of good record keeping. To read this information and improve the longevity of your lifting assets – please click through to the article.

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William Hackett release new technical report on hydrogen embrittlement

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

William Hackett have released an industry report to help minimise the risk of Hydrogen Embrittlement (HE) and Stress Induced Corrosion Cracking (SICC) in offshore near shore environments. The report includes guidance on material choices used in topside and subsea lifts, and is seen as a major step forward in increasing awareness for offshore operators of the risks associated with HE and SICC. The report also highlights that whilst products may be fully compliant with relevant International Standards, the reality is, that when it comes to an offshore environment they may be wholly unsuitable. It also looks at key areas around HE including causal factors, best practice methods to reduce risk and recommendations around specific product groups and key performance requirements. To read more about this report or to see the anti-corrosion/subsea product range available from William Hackett, please click the link below.

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General requirements for the inspection and integrity of lifting gear

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

The concern for anyone involved in the design, purchase, use or maintenance of lifting and rigging equipment is how to ensure that you and your people are working safely, and within Australian Standards and the requirements of Regulatory Authorities. In the event of an incident investigation by a workplace authority, one of the things that need to be shown is that the equipment has been maintained and used in accordance with those regulations, so having a thorough and documented process for ensuring this is critical. This article provides some general principles on inspecting and testing your equipment, how to determine who is a ‘competent person’, how often to inspect as well as test your lifting equipment and Nobles recommended inspection frequencies set out by Australian Standards. To read this information - please click through to the article.

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Victoria's new workplace manslaughter offences

Thursday, 28 May 2020

The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and other matters) Bill 2019 passed Parliament on 26 November 2019 and is expected to come into effect on a day to be proclaimed or, at the latest, 1 July 2020. The Bill’s explanatory notes specify the new offence captures negligent workplace conduct that contributes significantly to a person sustaining an injury or contracting an illness that later causes the person’s death. A person, a body corporate, an unincorporated body or association or a partnership, including government entities and officers of these entities (but not employees or volunteers), who owes applicable duties to ensure the health and safety of another person in the workplace, can now be charged with Workplace Manslaughter. For an overview of what this new legislation means for companies – please click through to the article.

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