Electrical, Lifts & Access
Lifting & Hoisting Equipment
At Robinsons Facilities Services, we can assist with the maintenance and inspection of lifting and hoisting equipment.
It is a key part of the HSE guidelines that lifting and hoisting equipment remains safe for use, as a requirement of PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). Such equipment has to be tested either six monthly or twelve monthly and the frequency is determined by the LOLER Approved Code of Practice.
Types of Lifting and Hoisting Equipment
Examples of some of the lifting and hoisting equipment we can maintain can be found below:
A ceiling hoist system is a type of overhead crane which consists of a beam that is mounted to the ceiling. The beam typically has two trolleys, one at each end, that are used to lift and transport items.
Ceiling Hoist System
A ceiling hoist system is an integrated system that includes the ceiling hoist, lifting slings, and ancillary items.
A gantry hoist is a type of crane that is supported by legs or frames that run along a rail or track. The track can be either overhead or ground-level.
A mobile hoist is a type of crane that is mounted on a vehicle, such as a truck or trailer, for the sake of portability.
What Lifting and Hoisting Equipment Maintenance Involves
Our lifting and hoisting equipment maintenance services include:
- Equipment audits.
- Inspection for wear and signs of defects.
- Risk assessments.
- Non destructive testing (dependent on risk assessment).
We can also design a schedule of inspection and testing, routinely carry this out and also implement corrective actions.
During our lifting and hoisting equipment checks, our competent and experienced team will perform checks on the condition of the equipment, including:
- The structure of the equipment
- The control systems
- Electrical systems
- Operating mechanisms
How Often Lifting and Hoisting Equipment Needs to Be Checked
Maintenance and servicing of your lifting and hoisting equipment depends on whether it is being used to lift people or items. If it is lifting people, then it needs to be serviced every six months. If it is lifting items, then it can be serviced every twelve months.
These timescales are in line with PUWER and LOLER regulations, and proof that a competent individual has checked and inspected the systems on a regular basis can help you to stay compliant.
Lifting and Hoisting Equipment Installation
As well as maintenance and lift repair, we can also install your lifting and hoisting equipment, from bath hoists to complex gantry hoist systems.
We understand the importance of keeping your workplace safe and compliant with regulations and our team is on hand to answer any questions you may have about our services.
When you choose Robinsons Facilities Services to maintain and repair your lifting and hoisting equipment, our experienced engineers are here to ensure peace of mind for your business. We cover all of Yorkshire and will attend your premises as quickly as possible in the event of any safety concerns.
Get in touch with us today or book a free site survey to discuss your lifting and hoisting equipment maintenance services, or to discuss installation of lifting and hoisting equipment in a new location.
Lifting & Hoisting Equipment FAQs
Yes, under UK law, unless the equipment has a valid Declaration of Conformity issued within the last 12 months. If it was assembled on site it must be examined by a competent person.
HSE describes this as “someone who has appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the equipment”. Training should be considered when it comes to assessing somebody’s competence.
Yes, a full risk assessment should be carried out for all instances of using a hoist, prioritising the safety of staff and individuals involved in the hoisting process.