All lifting operations involving lifting equipment come under LOLER ‘Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998’. This regulation places responsibilities on the ‘duty holder’ – people and companies, who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. All lifting equipment must be clearly marked to indicate their SWL ‘Safe Working Loads’. This is the maximum load the equipment can safely lift when in use.
The proof load test is performed to meet a number of standards set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Generally, a proof load test is performed on a new unit to confirm it is ready and safe for service or on an existing piece of equipment to ensure it is operating as it should be.
To avoid accidents and to keep your heavy lifting equipment running efficiently it’s important to undergo inspections and tests on a regular basis. This will ensure your machinery is ready to use and is operating at its optimum level.