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Servicing a neglected farmi winch

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I have started a new job and there is a farmi winch for me to use which has sat outside for two years plus. It has no guard screen and is looking pretty worn. Pretty sure it's a 5ton, and is rope operated.

I am not comfortable to use it in the current condition.

Any advice on getting it serviced? 

What's the legal requirements for servicing etc, safety standards etc?

 

Cheers in advance

 

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at very least there should be a loler ticket on it, proper gaurds on the pto shaft etc.

 

so maybe if theres a loler inspector near you get them round to view and assist with what needs to bring into use.  least then its up to a fairly high standard.

 

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9 minutes ago, david wood said:

at very least there should be a loler ticket on it, proper gaurds on the pto shaft etc.

 

so maybe if theres a loler inspector near you get them round to view and assist with what needs to bring into use.  least then its up to a fairly high standard.

 

It has PTO guarding etc. But no ticket I am aware of. I have also a forwarded trailer and log splitter, do these need loler tickets,?

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not so sure on splitter but forwarder trailer most definetly yes. 

 

any doubt at all on winch rope and skip it - will just fail anyway.

 

have a very good look over both bits of kit, every bush, pin, clip etc to be present as some inspectors can be crazy fussy. 

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shouldnt be applied as pulling not lifting, however depends on employers insurance company, we do ours, tractor loader, impliments for front loader, slings etc. shackles.

 

now for a wee while i was kind of yukk such a hassle and cost, then i broke an 11mm steel winch rope under max load and decided yikes not fun and also independent inspection is definetly better. 

 

can be a lil frustrating throwing away winch ropes but we keep the old wires and either weigh in or use to close off lay by entrances instead of expensive chain.   long as end chopped off and proof of new purchase loler guy is happy.

 

having destroyed a 5 ton sling only lesson learnt was take a pic or two when taking out of use, ie cutting in two or throwing on bonfire - the proof needed by inspector. 

 

forwarder trailer i think definetly needs loler as you are lifting. and to be honest its a safe guard to keep some of worst gear out of use.   yeah expensive but when lifting at max load its not a good time to find actually should have been fussier with maintence or repairs...   could go wrong quick.   

 

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Good to hear you're on top of these things... Breaking big rigging is a life lesson that stays with you.

 

As far as the HSE are concerned, 

Equipment used in forestry does not need to be thoroughly examined where:

  • it does not lift loads over people and
  • the operators of equipment are protected by:
    • a roll-over protective structure (ROPS) or
    • a tip-over protective structure (TOPS) combined with:
      • a falling object protective structure (FOPS) and
      • an operator protective structure (OPS)

So broadly speaking you're good to go if the crane controls are in your cab.

 

WWW.HSE.GOV.UK

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment...

Here's the (horses mouth) ins and outs of it.

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hadnt seen that before, very useful.

 

yeah breaking winch ropes when really maxed out isnt fun, bloody lazy i should have walked in to see what was stuck on. 

 

employers can be really pushed by insurance to get loler anyway, we certinaly do.

 

kind of view it as an expensive mot for kit now.

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Thanks for your help all 

Being new to this managing machinery business this helps alot.

 

So what's the first step?

Get all machinery inspected? If so by whom?

Where can I get some advice on the phone on regs before I start? Fisa? Or do you need to be member.

 

 

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