Comprehensive Inspection Checklist for Lifting Equipment in Construction

Written By: SCAL Academy

Date: 22 April 2024

Topic: WSH Safety Guidelines

Comprehensive Inspection Checklist for Lifting Equipment in Construction

In the construction industry, ensuring the safety and efficiency of lifting operations is crucial. Regular inspections of lifting equipment help prevent accidents and maintain a secure working environment. This comprehensive inspection checklist, adapted from the document you provided, is tailored for lifting equipment inspections in the construction industry, aligning with the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Act.


Sample Checklist Overview

This checklist is designed to guide construction managers and safety officers through a detailed inspection of all aspects of lifting operations. It encompasses the lifting team, machinery, rigging, operational planning, and environmental considerations.

Implementing the Checklist: Step-by-Step Guide


  • Gather Necessary Documents: Ensure access to all relevant equipment manuals, certification documents, and manufacturer guidelines.

  • Training for Inspectors: Confirm that all personnel conducting inspections are adequately trained and familiar with the specific equipment and safety standards.


Inspection Process:

  1. Lifting Team and Lifting Machine

    • Competent Lifting Team: Verify that the lifting team has the required certifications and training.

    • Load Weight Specifications: Confirm the exact weight of the load, including rigging and all components.

    • Crane Suitability: Ensure the crane is suitable for the lifts planned, in terms of rated capacity and Safe Working Load (SWL).

    • Load Limits: Check that maximum load limits align with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

    • Load Chart: Provide a load chart to verify boom angle, load radius, and lifting capacity for each lift.

    • Lifting Machine Certification: Verify that the lifting machine certificate for the crane is valid.

  2. Drawings / Sketches

    • Crane Positioning: Ensure drawings or sketches are available showing the crane's position in relation to nearby streets or structures.

    • Utility Proximity: Verify the location of all nearby utilities, both underground and overhead.

    • Lift Heights and Radius: Confirm the height of the lift and the load radius from the crane's center pin to the hook at both the start and end points.

    • Boom Specifications: Check drawings for boom length and angle planned for the lifts.

  3. Rigging

    • Sling Details: Check that full sling details including Safe Working Load (SWL) and Factor of Safety are verified.

    • Lifting Gear Certification: Ensure the lifting gear certificate for selected rigging is valid.

    • Spreader and Shackles: Verify that the spreader type, length, and SWL, as well as shackle size and type, are suitable for the lift.

    • Rigging Method Sketch: Ensure a sketch of the rigging method is provided.

  4. Operations

    • Crane Zones: Confirm that working and collapse zones of the crane are within site boundaries.

    • Environmental Considerations: Consider limiting wind speeds, proximity to overhead structures, and the suitability of access to the lifting location.

    • Wind Effects: Assess the impact of wind on both the crane and the load.

    • Ground Conditions: Verify overall ground conditions are suitable for lifting operations.

    • Visibility: Check if visibility factors, such as haze, have been considered.


Documentation and Reporting:

  • Record Findings: Document all inspection results, noting any issues or non-compliance.

  • Action Plan: Develop an action plan to address any deficiencies identified during the inspection.

  • Monitoring and Follow-Up: Schedule follow-up inspections and maintenance as necessary to address and resolve identified issues.



Regular training and certification are essential for workers involved in lifting operations. SCAL Academy offers courses such as Supervise Safe Lifting Operations and Perform Rigger and Signalman Tasks, which provide comprehensive training on safe lifting practices and equip workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out lifting operations safely.



By meticulously following this checklist, construction companies can ensure that all aspects of lifting operations are thoroughly inspected and maintained. This not only helps in complying with regulatory requirements but also enhances safety and operational efficiency on construction sites. Implementing a routine and detailed inspection process is fundamental to preventing accidents and promoting a culture of safety within the construction industry.

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