Do you know the difference between lifting machinery and lifting tackle?
Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 04 Apr. 2014
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Did you know that there’s a difference between lifting machinery and lifting tackle? Make sure you understand the difference between the two so you can comply with the Driven Machinery Regulations and avoid a fine, or worse, six months in jail.
The difference between lifting machinery and lifting tackle explained
Lifting machinery is any power-driven machine you use to lift, lower loads or move it into suspension, says the Health & Safety Advisor.
This includes the attachments you use for anchoring, fixing or supporting it. Examples of lifting machines are block and tackle, hoist cranes, forklifts and jib-cranes.
Note: An elevator, escalator, goods hoists and builders’ hoists aren’t classified as lifting machinery.
Lifting tackle on the other hand, is any equipment you use for hoisting and transporting loads.
Examples of lifting tackle are: Cables, chain slings, rope slings, rings, hooks, shackles, swivels, spreaders or similar appliances.
What are the rules when it comes to lifting machinery and lifting tackle?
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***************If you use lifting machinery and lifting tackle in your company, you must do the following in terms of the Driven Machinery Regulations:
- Check it’s made correctly and that it’s good quality;
- Check it’s of adequate strength;
- Mark it with the maximum mass load which it’s designed to carry a load with safely;
- Check for any patent defects;
- Check that it meets accepted technical standards;
- A competent person must inspect and test your lifting machinery at least once a year; and
- A competent person must examine your lifting tackle at least every three months. (You must get a test certificate for each piece of lifting tackle).
Knowing the difference between lifting machinery and lifting tackle will bring you a step closer to fully complying with the Driven Machinery Regulations.
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