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Understanding Lifting Strop Inspection, Tagging, and Training Requirements in New Zealand

Lifting strops are essential equipment in various industries, including construction and crane operations.


Lifting stops and chains
Lifting Equipment

Ensuring their proper inspection, maintenance, and training of personnel is crucial for the safety of workers and the overall success of projects.


In this post, we discuss the responsibilities of companies regarding the testing, tagging, and inspection of lifting strops in New Zealand, as well as the relevant regulations and guidelines, including the new GRWM Regulations.


Key Point Project Managers and Users of Cranes: Check Rigging Equipment as testing is not mandated in New Zealand.

Annual Testing and Tagging


Most experts recommend an annual testing process for lifting strops. While it is technically possible for someone within the company to conduct the tests, using an independent tester offers a level of separation and demonstrates due diligence in case of any accidents.


Routine Inspection and Ongoing Safety


It is crucial to understand that rigging should always be checked prior to use, as an inspection only guarantees the equipment's safety at the time of inspection.


Subsequent use may introduce new hazards or wear, which can compromise the rigging's integrity. By implementing consistent pre-use checks, companies can ensure that the equipment remains in good working condition and reduce the risk of accidents caused by unforeseen changes in the rigging's condition.


This practice not only enhances workplace safety but also demonstrates a company's commitment to maintaining the highest safety standards.


Key Regulations and Guidelines


  1. HSW Act: The Health and Safety at Work Act outlines the primary duty of care for businesses to ensure the health and safety of workers and other individuals influenced or directed by the business. This act will be used by WorkSafe to prosecute businesses if rigging fails. Also see WorkSafe guide on the Act.

  2. PECPR: The Pressure Equipment, Cranes, and Passenger Ropeways Regulation covers responsibilities as a Controller, ensuring that the person using the Hiab (a type of crane) is competent and the equipment is fit for purpose. Also see WorkSafe Guide in the PECPR.

  3. GRWM Regulations: Under the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the information, training, instruction, and supervision provided to workers is suitable and adequate.

  4. ACOPs: Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) for Load Lifting Rigging and Cranes provide recommended testing routines, discard criteria and information on rigging registers. While not legally binding, following these guidelines helps build a strong defense in case of accidents.

  5. LEENZ Guide: Another valuable resource, the LEENZ guide, provides additional best practices and advice.


Competency and Qualifications


The Unit Standard 3789 outlines the knowledge necessary for inspecting rigging equipment. It's important to have qualified personnel, as chains can stretch, and improper inspection can lead to accidents.


Additionally, daily, weekly, and monthly checks should be implemented as part of a comprehensive safety system.


Training and Supervision


Under the GRWM Regulations, PCBUs should consider various aspects when deciding what information, training, instruction, and supervision to provide. Ensuring workers receive suitable and adequate training and supervision is critical in maintaining workplace safety and preventing accidents related to lifting equipment.

Work Safe have a guide on the GRWM Reg which is also worth reading. Part 1 and Part 2


Insurance and Crane Association Membership


Companies should also consider the potential insurance implications of not following best practices. Membership in the Crane Association of New Zealand is highly recommended, as they provide valuable resources, guidance, and support for businesses dealing with lifting equipment safety concerns.


Safety


Ensuring the safety of workers and maintaining lifting equipment is of utmost importance for businesses.


By following the regulations, guidelines, and best practices, companies can minimize risks and protect their operations.


It's essential to stay informed about industry standards and regulations, and joining organizations like the Crane Association of New Zealand can help companies navigate these complex issues effectively.


Providing adequate training and supervision for workers, as outlined in the GRWM Regulations, is also crucial for ensuring a safe working environment.

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