Air receivers, dock levellers & tailboard lifts, forklift trucks & order pickers, lifting tackle & MEWPs, cranes – overhead & lorry mounted

Locations

Factories, workshops, engineering, fabrication and production plants, industrial sites.

Why inspect?

We are an independent engineering inspection services company, enabling manufacturing owners and managers to meet statutory plant and equipment safety obligations and keep employees and visitors safe. The equipment used in this sector often carries huge risk of injury or death if unsafe or incorrectly operated.

Each year in manufacturing, an average of 22 workers die in workplace accidents. There is also an average of more than 3,100 reports of major injuries and about 4,100 reports of injuries that kept workers away from work for seven days or more.

Many manufacturing workers also suffer ill health from workplace exposures. It is estimated that each year an average of 33,000 workers suffer from illness caused or made worse by their current or most recent job in manufacturing.

Main legislation for your equipment:

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

Our engineers will draw up the written schemes for you (schemes for simple systems are provided free of charge) and examine the plant or equipment accordingly.

More information from HSE on equipment safety and inspections can be found here.

How we work

We generally work with your Insurance Broker as these inspections are often included in your policy agreement, but if not, or if you need any clarification, please get in touch.

We have engineers available in most areas and specialists at the end of the phone to offer advice.

Our service

Our specialists advise on the type of inspections required and the best approach. We keep you fully informed and never leave you waiting.

  • Fast, competitive quotes
  • Timely inspections from qualified engineers
  • Professional, trouble free, responsive
  • Over 25 years in business
  • Dedicated industry specialist Account Manager
  • Free technical support and training sessions
  • Urgent cases rapidly dealt with
  • Discount for volume equipment
  • Prompt documentation
  • Full refund policy in the (unlikely) event of dissatisfaction (Ts & Cs apply)

Resources – common faults found in your equipment

Our Engineer Surveyors, who are out in the field every day, report on the top 5 defects they find with manufacturing equipment and have provided some simple safety measures you can implement.

AIR RECEIVERS
Most industrial settings will have a compressed air system that includes an air receiver supplying an immediate source of energy to operate tools and machinery. Air receivers are prone to corrode internally and if they fail, could be a risk to personnel and equipment. To ensure that the air receiver continues to maintain its reliability it must be examined in accordance with the written scheme of examination, where its safety systems and structural integrity are assessed for continued safe use. As part of the process of monitoring any deterioration of the air receiver’s integrity, it would normally undergo a working examination every 12 months and the following year be stripped down for a thorough examination. Find out more.

DOCK LEVELLERS
Used to bridge the difference in height and distance between the warehouse floor and a vehicle. Significant dangers exist with this type of equipment including; crushing, shearing, high-pressure fluid ejection, loss of stability, slips, trips and falls. If the dock leveller was to fail in operation, then the load that it was supporting would fall down to the rear of the vehicle causing potentially fatal injuries to the person operating the fork-lift truck or pallet truck. Regular examination is key to the prevention of such catastrophic incidents. Find out more here.

FORKLIFT TRUCKS AND ORDER PICKERS
Forklift trucks and order pickers are subject to a considerable amount of stress when operated in this environment. The lifting chains are quite often operating close to their design limit and as such are prone to stretching. Overtime this stretching could exceed the maximum allowable limit. This elongation accelerates with age. As a result of this elongation, there is the possibility that the chains could fail and in doing so drop an elevated load. At risk of such an accident are the forklift or order picker operator, other employees and in some cases, members of the general public.
Find out more about the defects of forklift trucks and order pickers here.

LIFTING TACKLE
The work horse of all lifting operations is the lifting tackle which in some circumstances can be overlooked. Chain slings are prone to elongate if overloaded and through constant use lose some of their material thickness. Chain hooks over time can distort, stretch and if misused, twist. Slings of any type can suffer from cuts, tears or abrasion. Bow shackles, D shackles and eye bolts are all prone to over loading and material loss due to constant use. Any such deterioration of the lifting tackle has the potential to cause serious injury to personnel. Because of its varied use it is thoroughly examined every 6 months by a competent person. Find out more here.

LORRY MOUNTED CRANES
Provide a vital service delivering and picking up heavy loads to support many different types of industries. The hydraulic rams are prone to creep down if they are not regularly examined and maintained. In such a situation the load being moved would be subject to an uncontrolled decent and the load could come into contact with other structures, destabilising the load or potentially the crane operator and / or other personnel in the vicinity. Lorry mounted cranes need to be examined annually to assess the integrity of the hydraulic system, safety systems and structure of the crane. In doing so this would reduce the risk of such a failure and thereby reduce the likelihood of injury to individuals and also the removal from service of a very expensive item of equipment. Find out more here.

MOBILE ELEVATED WORK PLATFORMS (MEWPs)
MEWPs are commonly used within industrial sectors as a method of working at height. There are a large variety of MEWPs on the market including scissor lifts, articulating booms and telescopic booms. To ensure that they operate as designed and thereby keep all those who are riding on them and those in the vicinity safe, they should be maintained and thoroughly examined every 6 months. MEWPs are designed so that they do not operate at unsafe angles and therefore avoid overturning. In an emergency they can be lowered to the ground in a controlled manner. Find out more here.

OVERHEAD TRAVELLING CRANES
Overhead Travelling cranes operate as the name suggests above personnel. During the operating cycle they are prone to damage or degradation to the hoist rope including bird caging, corrosion, abrasion, extreme wear and wire breakage. The crane itself could become prone to skew and alignment issues including the wear to the wheels and track. Depending on the type of load that is being lifted, some cranes have their long travel and cross travel breaks adjusted to prevent a pendulum effect when coming to a stop. Overhead travelling cranes because of the complexity and different modes of operation should be thoroughly examined annually considering the unique operation situation. Find out more here.

TAILBOARD LIFTS
Tens of thousands of tailboard lifting operations take place every week in the UK and are a vital part of the logistics industry. Any failure of the lifting mechanism and its safety devices could cause serious injury to personnel in the vicinity. The lifting mechanism is generally protected by a locking mechanism which if not regularly examined and maintained could present a serious situation with the potential for a heavy load to fall from the rear of the vehicle. Early diagnosis through examination and preventative maintenance greatly reduce such a risk. Find out more here.

What our customers say

Testimonial user

Fleet Manager

Construction Company

“We have been a client for over six years. The inspections are carried out efficiently by their Inspectors, who are happy to work around our company’s busy schedule. The office staff are always willing to help with any request. We would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Other industry sectors we support

These are just a few of the many types of businesses we support. If you don’t see your industry listed, please give us a call to find out how our engineering inspection services can help you.