18 Dec Construction hoists, site inspections and maintenance: what you need to know
Hoists and mast climbers used on construction sites are required to comply with various regulations. Regular inspections of hoists and similar equipment are required to ensure the safety of workers on site.
So what can you do to make sure that the inspections run smoothly, and what factors do you need to keep in mind? We’ll tell you all about it here.
European Directives for construction site hoists, mast climbers and transport platforms
Hoists manufactured by Maber and supplied by Orion Dynamic comply with European Directives covering construction site hoists, mast climbers and transport platforms. That is to say, the manufacturer delivers the equipment in compliance with those Directives. Each EU country translates the Directives into its own legislation. In Belgium that is ARAB, the General Regulations for the Protection of Labour.
Points to consider when inspecting a site hoist.
Maybe you’re a bit in the dark about site inspections of construction hoists, or unsure about what requirements apply to this equipment. These are the points you need to consider:
- At Orion we supply temporary builder’s hoists. That means that every hoist must undergo a quarterly inspection.
- The legislation distinguishes between goods hoists and personnel hoists.
- Every site hoist must be provided with certain safety features on each level, including safety gates.
- The inspection agency must be independent.
- The hoist requires an initial inspection when it is taken into service. An annual inspection is also required, including the automatic fall protection and overload protection device. The hoist is then inspected when it is installed on site. The quarterly inspections will start from that date.
- Orion carry out the initial inspection and provide the relevant certificate.
- If the inspection gives rise to comments, Orion will ensure that these are actioned.
- The following matters are the primary considerations during an inspection: are the anchoring points correct and correctly positioned (every 6 metres), is the equipment installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, etc.
- The inspector will also establish that there are no risks to the users. It is, for example, crucial that an adequate distance is maintained from other objects. There must also be no risk of falls.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or if you need help. We stand ready to assist.