Any business or organization that uses lifting equipment in their operations is required by law to appoint a Lifting Equipment Inspector. This includes companies in the construction, manufacturing, and mining industries, as well as warehousing and logistics operations.
Why Do You Need It?
In South Africa, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires employers to ensure the safety of their employees and equipment at the workplace. The appointment of a Lifting Equipment Inspector is a critical component of a company's safety program, as it provides a responsible individual to oversee the inspection, maintenance, and repair of all lifting equipment in the workplace.
When Do You Need It?
A Lifting Equipment Inspector should be appointed at the start of operations and as soon as new lifting equipment is introduced into the workplace. The inspector should regularly inspect all lifting equipment to ensure that it is in good working order and meets all safety standards.
Is It a Requirement in South Africa?
Yes, the appointment of a Lifting Equipment Inspector is a legal requirement in South Africa, as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Failing to appoint a Lifting Equipment Inspector can result in fines and legal liability in the event of an accident or injury.
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