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Updated: Apr 11, 2023

Cranes and lifting equipment have played a crucial role in construction projects for centuries, with basic designs stretching as far back as ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations. Today, they remain absolutely vital to our construction industry.

There is no denying that modern cranes are far more capable and complex than their primitive ancestors. Of course, with power comes responsibility and these great beasts require a great deal of experience to operate safely and effectively.

What’s more, in order to guarantee the safe use of cranes and lifting equipment, they are subjected to rigorous testing at the point of manufacture and throughout their working life. Within this article, we’ll briefly explain the purpose of crane load testing and the methods used during the process.

Stress testing a crane

Why Is Load Testing Necessary?

Before we dive into the specifics of load testing, it is important to understand why it is necessary. It goes without saying that load testing is essential in order to ensure that lifting equipment conforms to strict safety standards. These tests are carried out to make sure the crane is capable of lifting at least 100% of its rated capacity. If a crane were to fail during a lift, the results could be catastrophic. Load testing is designed to prevent such incidents from ever occurring.

When Is Performance Testing Required?

While load tests do not need to be carried out before every project, there are certain times at which it must be performed, as outlined in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations of 1998.

Firstly, equipment must be tested at the point of manufacture and installation to prevent any faults or malfunctions from going unnoticed. Load tests should also take place after any kind of repair, modification or refurbishment is carried out. Additionally, existing crane and hoist systems should also be load tested at least once every four years.

How Are Tests Conducted?

Load testing is typically carried out via a series of procedures designed to put stress on different parts of the equipment as well as looking for damage or deficiencies that could impact the safe operation of the device. This usually involves applying a specified load to a crane or lifting device, hoisting and lowering in order to assess and certify its strength capability.

All lifting equipment designed and manufactured in line with British, European, International or OEM standards will require Proof Load Testing to ensure its safety. These tests will be used to confirm that the equipment meets both the Working Load Limit (WLL) and the Safe Working Load (SWL) at all times.

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If you’re in need of load testing in line with British and European standards, look no further than our team of industry-leading crane engineers. We’re proud to provide load testing, stress tests and performance testing for a wide range of equipment.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.

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