September 22, 2020
Top 5 Defects of Engine Hoists
The Thurra Engineer Surveyors share their findings of the most common faults they find when inspecting engine hoists.
- Leaking hydraulic ram seal – These are common defects found on ageing equipment and can result in the hoist being unable to support the load. The consequences of such a defect could result in injury to the operator.
- Unclear indications of safe working loads at different radius – Ageing engine hoists are often seen with their safe working loads worn and illegible. This could result in dangerous, excessive loads being lifted beyond the capacity of the engine hoist with the potential to place the operator in an unsafe situation.
- Damaged transportation wheels – This type of defect can make for the unstable transportation of engines around the garage / workshop, creating a potentially dangerous situation for those in the vicinity.
- Damaged and distorted structure – Could affect the integrity of the engine hoist and its ability to lift engines in a safe and controlled manner, putting the operator and those around in a very dangerous situation.
- Low hydraulic oil tank level – Potentially restrict the engine hoist from lifting the engine to the required height.
Thurra’s team of experienced engineers will assess the condition of all engine hoists, advising on the condition of the equipment and whether or not any remedial action is required to ensure that it continues to operate safely and effectively. A formal written report will be sent which should be kept as confirmation of the equipment’s current status and if required should be presented to your maintenance contractor.
If you require advice or help on any of the above, please speak to your Insurance Broker who will be happy to arrange a call from Thurra for technical advice, or a visit by an experienced engineer. Alternatively, get in touch and one of our technical advisers will be happy to help.