Before starting a lifting task, you need to know whether or not your equipment is working properly. In the crane industry, load testing is a vital task, and is typically required under industry standards in order to protect the workers and equipment on a jobsite. Understanding when and how to implement this task is critical, and we’re here to break it down for you.
If you’ve recently bought a new crane, or had an old one repaired that tested just fine before the repair, you are not entirely out of the woods. ASME standards state that all lifting equipment that’s either new, been altered, repaired, or fabricated needs to be accurately inspected and load tested. You can never be "too safe”, and sometimes operators perform these tests simply to ease their anxiety as to how the crane will perform, or to adhere to their own QA/QC standards.
These tests must be performed by a qualified person who is able to direct it and offer a written report of its results, as well as verify the load rating. When conducting a load test, keep in mind that in order to account for possible unanticipated loading (i.e., side or dynamic loading), the equipment needs to be tested to 125% of its rated capacity unless otherwise recommended by the manufacturer.
After the qualified person has created the load test report, they must then file it where easily accessible to appointed personnel. If your equipment has passed the load test, you will receive a certificate stating that your equipment is good to go.
When it comes to protecting your workers and equipment, taking a risk like skipping over load testing is never an option. At LC Crane, we are committed to the safety of our workers and equipment. If you have any questions about safety, load testing, or crane parts, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!