3 Key Equipment Inspection Tips For Maximal Performance

If you’re like many businesses, you have a lot of money invested in equipment that’s crucial for your day-to-day success. And if one of those pieces of equipment goes off line for any reason, your bottom line can be affected.

By scheduling and performing regular inspections as recommended by a professional engineer, you can avoid significant problems. Here are three ways to keep your heavy equipment operating at maximal capacity throughout the year.

(1) Keep equipment certifications current. An Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act in every province requires that any lifting device that can lift more than 2,000 kg must be certified at least every 12 months. And other lifting equipment such as cranes, hoists, and other lifting devices require different inspection intervals depending on the type of service and load capacity. By contracting with certified inspection organisations, you’ll be sure your equipment always meets OHS standards.

(2) Adapt for winter conditions. The winter months in Winnipeg can be harsh, with plenty of snow, ice, and rain. Excess moisture and extremely low temperatures can cause performance drop-offs for large equipment, especially those operating outside. Prepare for these difficult conditions by giving each piece of equipment a thorough check prior to the season and winterizing as needed.

(3) Properly certify out-of-Province equipment. When using equipment from another province, OHS regulations require an inspection under the direction of a professional engineer licensed to practise in Winnipeg, before the equipment is placed in service. Don’t risk potential fines or lost revenue from extended downtime on the job. Pre-book certification inspections to avoid delays.

Performing required inspections on all your equipment before certificates expire keeps your employees safe and ensures that work functions will run as smoothly as possible. A professional engineer knows the requirements for different pieces of heavy equipment and can help create an annual inspection schedule that saves you time and money.

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