Engineering Inspection Cover
12 Feb 2016

Engineering Inspection Cover

Are you aware that specific plant, lifting

12 Feb 2016

Are you aware that specific plant, lifting and pressurised equipment needs to be periodically inspected under current Irish regulations* otherwise you may face regulatory action or even criminal prosecution?

Engineering inspections are an essential aspect of ensuring the safety of plant and machinery. Depending on the industry people work in and the types of plant and machinery they use,  inspections can be relatively straight forward or highly complex.

Statutory requirements

Statutory requirements relating to the inspection of plant and maximum intervals at which each should be inspected:

  • Hoist or Lifts: Thorough examination every 6 months.
  • Vehicle Lifting Table: To be thoroughly examined every 12 months.
  • Cranes/Lifting Machines: Thorough examination of all parts including anchorages every 12   months. Lifting machines may not be used for the first time unless tested, or if dismantled and re- erected. Except when used to   lift people, then every 6 months.
  • Lifting Tackle, Chains: Thorough examination every 6 months. May not be used for first time unless tested.
  • Steam Boilers: Steam Boilers together with fittings and attachments require thorough examination every 14 months or after extensive repairs. Also a further examination under normal steam pressure   within 3 months of the thorough examination, new or second hand may not be used until certified.
  • Steam Receivers: Thorough examination every 26 months. Second hand Steam Receivers must be certified or examined before being used for the first time.
  • Air Receivers: Similar to Steam Receivers.

The above is a guide to the current statutory requirements. These requirements are subject to change in line with regulations and legislation.

Some areas where you may not think inspection cover is required

  • Warehouse- Forklifts, elevators, Pressure lifts etc.
  • Coffee shop- Boiler, Some high pressure coffee machines etc.
  • Factory – Gas boilers, Water pumps, Hydraulic machinery, work tools, Lifts, etc.
  • Hotels – Lifts, Geothermal heating systems, Boilers, Air-conditioning etc
  • Shops- Escalators, fork lifts in ware house, air-conditioning, refrigeration units, etc.
  • Apartments – Passenger lifts.
  • Schools – boiler systems, lifts

Some other examples of equipment that need inspection cover

  • Auto firing Units
  • Grinding Machines
  • Compressors
  • Metal Guillotines
  • Dock Levellers
  • Ladders
  • Electric and Manual Roller Shutter Doors
  • Escalators
  • Excavators
  • Storage Tanks
  • Waste Compactors

Please contact us in the office on 01 8408060 if you think there is a chance that you may need inspection cover. Remember this is required by law.

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