Fall protection specialist Eurosafe Solutions

Rails, Beams, Suspension Points

The use of Rails, Beams and other suspension points for the raising and lowering of goods and personnel is widespread in buildings across the UK.  Typical examples include loading bay beams at a warehouse entrance and suspension eyes within a hospital maternity ward. The uses are many and varied. Failure of such a suspension point could have horrific consequences.

In the majority of buildings, the suspension point displays a Safe Working Load (SWL) sticker and its heritage is well documented. In these circumstances, our engineers can quickly and easily establish a testing regime. However, in buildings where the Safe Working Load sticker is absent and its provenance is unknown, we will work with you to determine the testing requirements for the equipment.

Once we have established the testing criteria for your Rail, Beam or Suspension point, we will develop a planned inspection and testing process in accordance with LOLER 1998 regulations to ensure you remain compliant.
 
LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment regulations) 1998 states that:
every employer shall ensure that liftingequipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations is -
(a) thoroughly examined -

(i) in the case of lifting equipment for lifting persons or an accessory for lifting, at least every six months;
(ii) in the case of other lifting equipment, at least every 12 months; or
(iii) in either case, in accordance with an examination scheme; and
(iv) each time that exceptional circumstances which are liable to jeopardise the safety of the lifting equipment have occurred; and,

(b) if appropriate for the purpose, is inspected by a competent person at suitable intervals between thorough examinations.

Frequency of inspection

Where lifting equipment is used for the raising / lowering of personnel, our engineers would undertake a six monthly inspection as follows;

  • Month 1 – Inspection, thorough examination & load test
  • Month 6 – Inspection, thorough examination & load test.
Where lifting equipment is not used for the raising / lowering of personnel we would undertake an annual inspection, which would include a thorough examination and load test.