Lifting equipment such as cranes, are used for lifting and lowering of heavy loads. Equipment of this nature must always be in good condition so that it is safe to use. The requirements are listed in the Use of Work Equipment Regulations and Lifting Operations known commonly as Power and Lifting Equipment Regulations. Listed in these guidelines are the risks associated with the use of the lifting equipment and that through official examination and inspection, the owner or operator of such equipment will be given the licence to use them. So, if they are not maintained properly, they will not be allowed by law to operate the machines. Also, if these same machines are the main source of income for the business, then that would definitely put a hole in the pocket. The things to look out for are damage or deterioration of parts which are exposed to the elements. If these are not maintained properly, it may result in disaster.
Equipment which is well maintained, averts the financial, legal and safety related issues which may arise due to unfortunate events that should or could have been prevented if the proper servicing had been carried out. There are servicing companies that can do this for you, but many lifting equipment owners or businesses still decide not to do this as they feel that they can do the job themselves and it would cost less money. Unfortunately, unless they have an experience person who can fully service the equipment according to the safety standards, then they would not only be wasting their time, but they could also lose their license to operate.