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Ethics in business for the LMI & LME Anchor point that has been ripped out of the ground that was used to test a 20T Overhead Traveling Crane in KZN

It seems that in today’s day and age we have many individuals that are under-going work as an LMI working for an LME that are just plain and simply unethical. From individuals making up testing procedures to minimize costs to individuals testing out of scope and even producing fraudulent documentation in some cases. In the past few months, it has become unnerving how many cases of deviousness and unethical behaviour have occurred in the market. World Wide Load Testing Specialist have managed to uncover several organizations fraudulently using individuals LMI numbers and documents and issuing fraudulent certificates. This deeply concerning as the certificate that is issued is a legally binding document. “We have seen many documents that have been signed – where certificates have been issued to clients – but the LMI whose number and documentation are being used does not know about the site or tests. The signatures are fraudulent. Some certificates are being issued with no LME number appearing.” – say Kyle Graham WWLTS Director.

Everyone must be reminded that undertaking activities in this manner is a fraudulent and illegal and can hold legal implications for both the LMI and LME that are found in contravention. Using documentation fraudulently is a criminal offence and on must ensure charges are laid against individuals or organizations engaging in this behaviour. Charges must be laid at a South African Police Services station and the case should be relayed to ECSA and the Department of Employment & Labour. Another hot topic is individuals testing far beyond their scope of competence. It seems many individuals are testing lifting machinery outside of their area of competence. For example, we have

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individuals in Durban testing mobile cranes but only have competency for lifting tackle, chain blocks and lever hoists and lift trucks. Some even less than that but are issuing certificates for lifting machines far beyond their competency. This is very evident when you look at the certification that is being issued. A one-page report for a mobile crane is not complying with DMR 18 (6) – which requires a thorough examination of the lifting machine and all its working parts. Individuals also seem to be certifying that they have tested the mobile cranes to 110% overload of the rated capacity. They seem to be able to complete an inspection and load test on a mobile crane in 30/40 minutes. This comes down to plain and simply - just not being competent. Back to the forklift debate on SANS 10388 2019 testing procedure. This has finally been put to bed. A dynamic load is required, where the load is taking through a full range of motion according to the load chart. In the absence of a load chart – the rated capacity must be applied. No static methods are known are acceptable by both ECSA and The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL). This includes pulling off a test platform (or plate), pulling

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Lifting Africa Nov-Dec 2019  

The Lifting Africa Publication Nov-Dec 2019 Issue with Phakamisa on the cover.

Lifting Africa Nov-Dec 2019  

The Lifting Africa Publication Nov-Dec 2019 Issue with Phakamisa on the cover.

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