Overhead cranes must be thoroughly examined at least every twelve months to comply with LOLER. It is important however not to rely solely on the annual LOLER inspection; companies should also complete regular visual checks throughout the intervening period and that is where the Good to Go Safety system comes into its own. Around a quarter of all crane incidents involve a dropped load, an estimated 60% of which could be attributed to poor crane maintenance and 15% to the failure of wire ropes/cables. It allows workers to carry out pre-use checks and spot potential faults before they develop into a more serious and costly defect. These safety checklists are designed to help improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and ensure compliance with legal responsibilities.
A programme of pre-use checks, regular inspections and servicing schedules should be established in accordance with the manufacturers instructions and the risks associated with using an overhead crane. Operators should be encouraged to report defects or problems. Reported problems should be put right quickly, with the crane or associated attachment(s) taken out of service if safety critical.
Each check book contains 25 individual checklists relating to crane components and mechanical checks to be completed before it is used. Duplicate carbon copies of the completed inspection is retained in the book for management records. The book also includes useful guidance notes to remind operatives what to look for during the overhead crane inspection.