Whether you are an equipment hire company, operator or owner, keeping your Plant and Machinery operating is critical. Regular inspection highlights the small issues that can turn into prolonged downtime, so you can catch the issues before they happen.

In all companies downtime = money lost so keeping your vehicles properly maintained stops Plant and Machinery sitting around costing instead of earning you money!

Here we’ve listed just a few of the many advantages of having your Plant and Machinery regularly inspected.

Inspection for Safety

At the forefront of everyone’s mind these days is safety and so it should. Catastrophic failure of your vehicle could lead to damage, injury or even death. It’s usually the small, unseen items that go unnoticed, not the large tick and flick items on your pre-start check sheets that cause problems. These more detailed inspection criteria are the things that most people miss on a day to day basis. If left to their own devices these small things can turn into huge incidents.

Worse case scenario of no tyre Inspection

Tyre exploding at 170 psi after extended sun exposure. Video Credit – bluesmokeproductions

For example a small crack in the sidewall or rim of a tyre might not seem like a huge problem but if left alone can result in a catastrophic failure when re-inflating that tyre to even a normal pressure.

Inspection to Prevent Expensive Repairs

Wear and tear is an unavoidable outcome of using equipment. Inspection of your equipment regularly picks up these small wear and tear damages for repair before they turn into large jobs. These large jobs are the ones that require you to take plant and machinery offline.

Documentation of any and all repairs is another crucial step. The management of maintenance history allows for clear records of exactly what, when and who repaired your equipment. This is especially important when handing equipment over for sale or hire.

Heavy Vehicle Workshop

Northern Goldfields – Mt Keith Heavy Vehicle Workshop – taken by Stephen Velden on 21 Dec 2008, Original site of the image.

Cloud Based Recording and Tracking of Inspections

Recording your regular inspection and maintenance helps create time and cost effective Inspection programs for the future. Knowing what and when things are more likely to fail creates a more accurate picture of your equipment. Once you have this you are more likely to catch the small issues before they turn into big ones. Regular inspection is not just about damage and maintenance but also legislation and risk mitigation. Knowing exactly when and how you plant and machinery needs to be inspected is critical to complying with the current laws, company governance and the expectations of the community.

Rapallo has a dedicated cloud based inspection program tailored to keeping inspection, maintenance and other equipment documentation  in the same place whilst conforming to all legislative requirements. Click here for more information.

We use our Inspection program to effectively track the Inspection and maintenance of our client’s plant and machinery. Our clients are using this program to provide critical information to insurance companies, WorkCover, Work Safe and the Department of Mines and Petroleum. If queried by the DMP or Work Safe or to provide information for risk assessment our program provides this information much easier than a spreadsheet or SAP.

Companies that benefit from regular inspection include:

  • Plant and Machinery Hire Companies
  • Compressor Hire Companies
  • Mining Companies
  • Port Authorities
  • Exploration and Drilling Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Haulage and Trucking Companies
  • Construction Companies
  • Mining Contractors
  • Shires and Councils
  • Crane Hire
  • EWP Hire
  • Service stations
  • Breweries
  • Power Stations
  • Steam Engines
  • LNG Plant
  • Oil and Gas platforms
  • Fuel Storage and Distribution

If you haven’t had your Plant and Machinery Inspected in a while or need some advice, call Rapallo’s Stephen Niederberger in our Perth office on (08) 6279 0900 or Thomas Mvula in our Kalgoorlie office (08) 9021 8399 for a chat.

Rapallo inspects:

  • Pressure Vessels
  • Tanks
  • Boilers
  • Cranes
  • Lifting Equipment
  • Elevated Work Platforms
  • Cranes
  • Trailer Drawbars
  • Compressors
  • Drill Rigs
  • Fuel Farms
  • Classified Plant
  • Plant and Machinery
  • Trucks
  • Rail Wagons
  • Ball Studs

Rapallo perform:

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Links to Further Information

Guidance about Tyre Management

WorkSafe

Update on Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws

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