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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Workplace safety and the importance of identifying hazards

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Workplace safety is crucial on a jobsite but some people believe the responsibility lies with supervisors, management or company directors, but the truth is, you are responsible for your own safety. Supervisors, management or company directors would have been involved in the implementation of policies and procedures, but they are unable to be aware and watch all employees and tasks at all times. That is why everyone is responsible for their own safety on a jobsite. This article details how you can be an active participant in workplace safety, how to identify hazards and develop actions to control and eliminate them before they cause accident, injury or death. For more information – please click through to the article.

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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.

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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.

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