While safety is the reason Inspections should be carried out, it is compliance that makes Inspections compulsory. The benefits or regularly inspecting your Plant and Machinery are endless but the actual requirement comes from the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (MSIA) and Mines Safety and Inspections Regulations 1995 (MSIR).
As you’d expect from a legal document, the MSIA states clearly that equipment on a mine site is not to be used unless it has been inspected correctly. But then points you in three other directions.
Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 Regulation 6.40. – Plant to be used only if inspected.
Each responsible person at a mine must ensure that classified plant at the mine registered under regulation 6.34 is not used by any person if the period of time set out in column 3 of Schedule 3 opposite the relevant type of plant set out in column 2 of that Schedule has elapsed since it was last inspected and found suitable for use by an inspector or by another person approved in writing by the State mining engineer as a fit person to inspect the plant.
- Does your plant even need to be registered under Regulation 6.34?
- Where is the table of minimum inspection periods?
- Who is fit to inspect Plant?
There are some big changes coming to legislative inspections and while this will change the legal requirements down the track, right now its business as usual. The other thing to factor in here is, even though Inspection might not be a legal requirement for that piece of Plant or Machinery in the future it is still a very good and widely accepted industry practice.
How to Avoid Fines
Know your equipment
When your Plant and Machinery requires inspection relies on several factors. When it comes to maintenance and inspection there are a few basics. A hierarchy exists on what standard of Inspection and Maintenance you have to adhere to;
- Government Legislation – MSIA, MSIR
- Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Instructions
- Australian Standards (AS) & Codes of Practice referenced by legislation
- Australian Standards or other standards not referenced by legislation
- Codes of Practice not referenced by legislation
- Industry Accepted best practice
There are some caveats to the above. If the OEM’s maintenance manual says “Ensure you inspect the crane” and that’s it, then the Australian standard must be adhered to. This is easily understood when looking at the flowchart provided in AS 2550.1-2011 Cranes, hoists and winches – Safe use – General requirements.
It’s also important to note in this flow chart that you have to check the manufacturer’s instructions against the AS this flow chart was taken from. In general all OEM’s instructions should be compliant with the MSIA and MSIR if they were intended to be used in Australia. If they weren’t, a thorough check must be conducted when they are imported. This flows into the duties of Designers, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Importers, Owners and Users.
For the average owner or user of Plant and Machinery it is not required to know all about everyone else’s duties but it is very helpful background knowledge. Especially with receiving the correct documentation with your plant.
Use Experienced Inspectors
You may not know what makes an inspector a person ‘fit to inspect plant’ but the Department of Mines and Petroleum certainly does. There are a lot of one man bands in the business but have they got the experience you need?
Insure the person you’re trusting your livelihood with has the correct qualifications and experience to be doing the job. At larger inspection companies, like Rapallo, there will be a number of Inspectors with differing experience. Some may have years of experience on cranes but not pressure vessels, for example. Using a reputable company ensures the inspector coming to look at your Plant and Machinery knows what he’s doing on that specific piece of equipment.
Penalties for Breaching the Act
A breach of the requirements in the MSIA and MSIR can be costly to not only your pocket but also your equipment and, in the worst case scenario, your personnel. After all, these requirements are based on safely operating your Plant and Machinery, not on making money.
Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 Regulation 17.1 – General penalty
A person who commits an offence against this Act is liable, if a penalty is not expressly provided for that offence, to a fine
(a) in the case of a corporation, not exceeding $25 000; and
(b) in the case of an individual, not exceeding $5 000.
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.
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 Haitao Han in our Kalgoorlie office (08) 9021 8399 for a chat.
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, WorkSafe and the Department of Mines and Petroleum. If queried by the DMP or WorkSafe 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:
- Exploration and Drilling Companies
- Plant and Machinery Hire Companies
- Mining Contractors
- Compressor Hire Companies
- Mining Companies
- Port Authorities
- Haulage and Trucking Companies
- Construction Companies
- Shires and Councils
- Crane Hire
- EWP Hire
- Service stations
- Power Stations
- Steam Engines
- LNG Plant
- Oil and Gas platforms
- Fuel Storage and Distribution
- Drill Rigs
- Pressure Vessels
- Lifting Equipment
- Elevated Work Platforms
- Trailer Drawbars
- Fuel Farms
- Classified Plant
- Plant and Machinery
- Rail Wagons
- Ball Studs
- Classified Plant Management
- Duty of Care inspections
- Pre purchase and pre-mobilisation inspections
- Statutory Inspection
- Accident and Incident Inspections
- NDT – Non Destructive Testing
- Condition Audits
- Condition Monitoring
- Design Verification
- Plant Risk Assessment
- UAV/RPAS aerial inspection on stacks, platforms, tanks and structures
Click here for more information on Rapallo’s Inspection capabilities or 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.