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Ensuring Structural Integrity of Stillages Under LOLER: Identifying and Addressing Defects

At Lowe Stillages and Cages, we’re firm believers in the necessity of ensuring the integrity and safety of lifting operations. An essential part of this assurance involves the regular inspection and maintenance of stillages, the unsung heroes of many industrial environments. Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), identifying and addressing any structural issues or defects in stillages is of paramount importance. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of how to successfully accomplish this, in accordance with LOLER requirements.

Thorough Inspections

Thorough inspections are the first step in identifying any potential structural issues or defects in stillages. During these inspections, one should examine key components such as frames, supports, joints, welds, and fasteners for signs of wear, damage, or structural weakness.

Visual Examination

A visual examination serves as a supplementary measure to a thorough inspection. Here, the focus should be on identifying visible cracks, dents, deformations, or corrosion that could potentially compromise the stillages’ structural integrity. Special attention should be given to critical areas prone to stress or those where failures are more likely to occur.

Non-Destructive Testing

In some cases, it might be beneficial to utilise non-destructive testing techniques like ultrasonic testing or magnetic particle inspection. These methods can uncover internal defects or hidden issues that aren’t immediately visible during a standard visual examination, such as cracks, weld defects, or material imperfections.

Consult with Experts

Another important aspect of the process involves consulting with competent persons or experts with expertise in stillage design and structural analysis. Their professional advice and assistance can prove invaluable in identifying and addressing any structural issues or defects that may be present.

Prompt Repairs or Replacements

Once a structural issue or defect has been identified, it’s crucial to address it promptly. Depending on the severity and nature of the problem, this could involve welding, reinforcing, or replacing damaged components. In more extreme cases, where the structural integrity is severely compromised, it may be necessary to replace the stillage altogether.

By adhering to these guidelines, employers can identify and address any structural issues or defects in stillages in a manner consistent with LOLER regulations. Thorough inspections, visual examinations, non-destructive testing, consultation with experts, and prompt repairs or replacements all contribute to maintaining the structural integrity and safety of stillages during lifting operations.

At Lowe Stillages and Cages, we are committed to providing solutions that meet the highest standards of safety and compliance. With an in-depth understanding of LOLER regulations and a firm commitment to safety, we are here to help you ensure that your lifting operations run smoothly and safely at all times.