September 22, 2020
Top 5 Defects – Jacks
The Thurra Engineer Surveyors share their findings of the most common faults they find when inspecting jacks.
- Leaking hydraulic ram seal – As with engine hoists this is a common defect found on ageing equipment and can result in the jack being unable to support the load. The consequences of such a defect could result in injury to the operator.
- Unclear indication of safe working load – A common defect found on ageing jacks. This could result in excessive loads being lifted beyond the capacity of the jack. This is a dangerous situation with the potential to place the operator in an unsafe position whilst attempting to lift excessive loads.
- Damaged base plate – All jacks need a firm flat base from which to lift. Any such defect could result risk of injury to the operator and those in the vicinity due to the instability of the load being lifted.
- Low hydraulic level – A low oil level could restrict the jack from lifting the load to the required height. Such a situation reduces the capability of the jack to function as intended by the manufacturer.
- Damaged lifting Pad – An intact lifting pad is essential to conduct any lifting operation in a safe and controlled manner.
Thurra’s team of experienced engineers will assess the condition of all jacks advising on the condition of the equipment and whether or not any remedial action is required to ensure that they continue to operate safely and effectively. A formal written report will be sent which should be kept as confirmation of the equipment’s status and if required it 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.