Buyer beware: What you need to know about purchasing lifting equipmentDecember 12, 2016 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Whether purchasing new equipment, modifying old or relocating equipment to another location, employers are responsible for employee safety and complying with provincial and regulatory requirements. That’s why it is so important, when purchasing lifting equipment, to select a supplier whose products and services make it easy to comply with these obligations.
There are several factors to consider when reviewing supplier and lifting equipment options. They include:
- Do they know the law? Employers have a duty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to take every precaution reasonable to protect workers. Ministry of Labour inspectors will be looking to ensure that employers are following regulations, as well as maintaining their lifting devices to ensure the safety of all workers. Sourcing lifting equipment from CWB certified companies ensures that you are dealing with companies that comply with Ontario laws and regulations governing overhead lifting equipment.
- Is the equipment appropriate for the application? Decision-makers are responsible for selecting the right equipment for the application; therefore, it’s important to work with suppliers that understand the classification and duty cycle of lifting and hoisting equipment.
- Can the facility support the equipment? Employers are also responsible for providing proof that a building’s roof, support structure, column, floor or other building elements are structurally sound and can accommodate the installation of a lifting system with the rated load the application requires. This proof should be certified by a P.Eng licensed in Ontario.
- Is an ESA inspection required? If the new equipment has electrical components, or if the employer plans to modify existing equipment with electrical components, ESA certification is required to prove the equipment complies with requirements defined in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Make sure a potential supplier’s sales quotation includes ESA inspection, because purchasing ESA certified equipment allows the final inspection to proceed quicker with fewer unknowns.
- Is a PSR required? A Pre-Start Health & Safety Review (PSR) is a specific audit of a process or piece of equipment and it’s interaction with the surrounding environment. The review identifies safety concerns and evaluates potential hazards. It also defines what measures need to be taken to bring the identified deficiencies into compliance. Installations and modifications may be subject to a PSR. Business owners are responsible for ensuring a PSR is completed.
- Do they have references? Having references, permits and certificates helps ensure you are working with trusted suppliers and contractors.
Engineered Lifting Systems & Equipment (ELS) has been a leading crane manufacturer in Ontario for more than 45 years. The company is CWB certified, and has technical sales experts trained to assist clients with understanding the classification and duty cycle of the lifting and hoisting equipment.
To learn more, contact ELS.