Offshore environments and hydrogen embrittlement

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Choosing the right equipment for the environment you will use it in is crucial to ensure safety.  There is a lot of pressure to reduce costs in many industries, but correct materials selection is key, especially when it comes to problems such as hydrogen embrittlement. Operators need to ensure that despite commercial pressures, the products used in the offshore environment are fully appropriate for their intended use. To read about how hydrogen embrittlement impacts both chain and links, what causes it and how you can prevent it from occurring – click through to the article.


The virtues of proof loading

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Proof loading of lifting gear is a requirement which is embedded in many of our standards, rules and practices – sometimes it is completely mandatory, and other times it is optional. Yet it is virtually always beneficial that lifting gear be subjected to a proof load test. Exploring the benefits as well as the myths can help us decide what proof testing regime is most appropriate. For more information on what it is, how we do it and how to conduct it safely – click through to the article.


Sheave groove inspection

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Sheaves or pulleys – it doesn’t matter what you call them, but if you are using wire rope you are probably also using sheaves. They are such an integral part of making wire rope useful that they barely need an introduction…. The trouble is, they easily can become neglected. For information on their basic features, how to inspect them properly and what to look for when inspecting for common wear as well as the proper tools to use – click through to the article.


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.