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Equipment Inspections

At Your Site or In-House At Our NATA Accredited Branches


Is your lifting and rigging equipment certified as safe?  Can't spare the time to bring your lifting equipment into one of our branches?

Let Bunzl Safety take the worry and stress out of keeping up to date with equipment testing and certifications through our on-site Inspection and Testing Services performed by our qualified inspectors using the latest Field ID Electronic Inspection & Asset Management System.

Our customers have inspections completed at their site monthly, 3 monthly, 6 monthly or 12 monthly depending on the use and quantity of equipment. Whenever the inspection is due, WE will contact YOU to organise a suitable time for our inspector to be at your site.  Alternatively, customers can drop their gear off to one of our NATA accredited branches.

Our inspectors undertake electronic inspections on mobile devices and are fully LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) trained to complete inspections and testing of all your equipment including:

- Chain Slings, Wire Rope & Synthetic Slings

- Crane Rope

- Chain & Lever Blocks

- Plate Clamps & Girder Trolleys

- Shackles & Rigging Hardware

- Lifting Beams & Clutches

- Pallet Lifters & Work Boxes

- Fall Protection Equipment 


After completing an inspection on site, the details are uploaded to our Field ID Asset Management System where a full equipment report, asset list and certification certificates can be easily downloaded by our customers to ensure compliance with workplace health and safety requirements. 

About Our Field ID Electronic Inspection System
Field ID is the world’s leading paperless safety compliance and equipment inspection system. The system combines web based technologies with the power of mobile devices to improve the efficiency, reliability and reporting of workplace safety management. Robertsons Inspectors use Field ID to improve the accuracy of equipment inspections and enable you to access and manage your assets easily. 

Being a fully compatible electronic system, Field ID makes equipment compliance and keeping track of your lifting and rigging assets simple to:- 

- increase workplace safety,

- increase inspection and audit efficiency, reducing your liability,

- and in turn, save you money!


By eliminating inspection and audit paperwork our LEEA trained inspectors conduct inspections and audits faster and more securely (using iPad’s) and upload your reports almost instantly. 

This enables you to access reports, certificates and your asset management database through the easy to use and navigate, Field ID Asset Management System – either from your PC or your own smart technology devices. 

How often should lifting and rigging gear be inspected?
This is a question we are often asked and the answer depends on whether an in-service or periodic inspection is undertaken.

In-service Inspections

In-service refers to a visual inspection prior to each use. This means that before each lift, the user will have a good look over the equipment (ie: the hook, a chain block, lifting points etc) to ensure there is no significant wear or damage. They should also ensure the Working Load Limit (WLL) tags are on the equipment and are legible. Should any defects be noted, the equipment must be withdrawn from service and inspected by a 'competent person' who decides whether to use, repair or discard the equipment. 

Periodic Inspections

Periodic inspections are a more detailed inspection involving cleaning the equipment (if necessary) and inspecting it in an adequately lit location by a suitable trained inspector (preferably a LEEA trained inspector), who also has good vision. These inspections must be documented. 

So getting back to our initial question.....how often should equipment be thoroughly inspected? This depends on the type and nature of equipment, but as a general guide, the below frequencies are recommended:- 

- Synthetic Slings - 3 monthly (as per AS4497.2)
- Winches,Blocks & Hoists - 12 monthly for general use or every 3 months for intensive use 
- Chain and Wire Rope Slings - 12 months for general use of every 3 months for intensive use. 

If you are responsible for the lifting gear, it is up to you to ensure the equipment is inspected and compliant. 


Other Considerations 

- The use of the item and whether it is loaded to its full working load frequently
- The environment in which the equipment is used and stored (ie:- is it in a corrosive environment)
- Whether the lifting gear is more prone to early degradation and wear and tear. For example, synthetic slings and some wire rope slings with soft eyes may require more frequent examinations.