Load links boost lifting operational safety

Scotload’s load links Scotload’s load links being used on an aquaculture farm

Load measuring and monitoring solutions specialist Scotload has supplied eight 12.5t load links to a Scottish aquaculture company to ensure operational safety and legal compliance.

Scotload’s load links can be used to comply with the lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations (LOLER), testing the suitability of existing lifting equipment for future lifting operations by monitoring weight and tension during test operations. By regularly using load links to test equipment and ensure it remains suitable for use, the risk of machine failure or unsafe procedures being carried out is reduced.

Simon Everett, managing director of Scotload, said: “We are proud of our capabilities to quickly dispatch high quality equipment which can help to assure safety in highly demanding environments, such as those encountered in aquaculture lifting operations.”

Net risk

Aquaculture companies undertake operations that require nets to be submerged for anywhere up to two years. In this time algae can grow on the net and add to the weight. This additional weight can make lifting operations dangerous. Not knowing what load is on the end of the crane creates an unsafe working environment which is not compliant with the updated LOLER guidelines.

Scotload said its load links ensure compliance to the requirements set out by the LOLER regulations for regular inspections of fishing equipment, as they provide a traceable method to ensure that the loads are correctly identified for lifting operations and can be used to identify issues, ensuring that all operations are carried out safely and efficiently.

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