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Engineering Inspection

Inspire Insurance Services Ltd is a specialist provider to the construction and manufacturing sectors, securing competitive insurance premiums and bespoke services including necessary engineering inspection services.

Engineering inspections are a critical part of your business's health and safety regime. They're necessary to ensure equipment doesn't fail and cause catastrophic breakdown which may lead to an avoidable injury. Inspections vary depending on the type of equipment being checked but as a minimum, the inspection will check the equipment complies with minimum legal requirements. 

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What is an Engineering Inspection?

Engineering inspections are an essential part of any business's overall health and safety strategy. It is a requirement for most types of plant and equipment to be inspected regularly, this is in order to ascertain when maintenance works need to be carried out to maintain compliance with regulations. 

What Regulations Do I Need to Adhere To?

If your business uses work equipment or provides equipment to others, you must manage the risks from that equipment and this is done through a number of specific regulations from the Heath & Safety Executive (HSE). Examples of the measures you must adhere to include: Ensuring you prevent access to dangerous parts; taking measures to prevent parts or substances falling or being ejected from work equipment and ensuring equipment is maintained properly and the maintenance log is kept up-to-date. It is imperative that your equipment and plant is inspected in-line with its relevant regulations. Our team can help you arrange this inspection competitively.

There are a number of specific regulations which apply to various types of equipment and plant. 

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

These Regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.

PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:

  • Suitable for the intended use
  • Safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate
  • Used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
  • Accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices
  • Used in accordance with specific requirements, for mobile work equipment and power presses

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

These Regulations (often abbreviated to LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance). All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic 'thorough examination'. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

Control Of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 (COMAH)

COMAH aims to prevent and mitigate the effects of major accidents involving dangerous substances which can cause serious damage/harm to people and/or the environment. COMAH treats risks to the environment as seriously as those to people.

Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

The duties imposed by PSSR relate to pressure systems for use at work and the risk to health/safety.

The aim of these Regulations is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts.

 

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Types of Plant Requiring an Engineering Inspection

There is a wide range of plant and engineering equipment that requires an inspection to ensure it's compliant with health and safety regulations. We've outlined the various types of equipment below, the typical industries they're found, how regularly they need to be inspected and the relevant legislation that underpins the type of equipment inspection.

 

 

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Sudden & Unforeseen Damage Insurance

Cover your business-critical equipment against sudden and unforeseen damage. This cover will step in should immediate repair or replacement be required to enable normal working to continue. 

 
Key Features
  • Cost of Repair or Replacement
  • Temporary Removal
  • Transit Cover
  • Expenses Expediting
  • Suitable for a Wide Range of Industries

Additional cover is available for chimneys, storage tank contents, pressure plant explosion and accidental damage to products in the course of manufacture. 

 

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