Test and periodical examination of lifting appliances.-

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(1)Before being taken into use for the first time or after It has undergone any  repairs liable to affect its strength or stability

– and also once at least in every five years, all lifting appliances including all parts and gears , whether fixed or moveable, shall be tested and examined by a competent person in the manner set out In Schedule I.

(2) All lifting appliances shall be thoroughly examined by a competent person once at least In every 12 months. Where the competent person making this examination forms the opinion that the lifting appliance cannot continue to function safely, he shall forthwith give notice in writing of his opinion to the owner of the lifting appliance or in case of lifting appliance carried on board a ship not registered in India, to the Master or officer-in-charge of the ship.

(3) Thorough examination  of this regulation shall mean a visual examination, supplemented if necessary by other means such as hammer test, carried out as carefully as the conditions permit, in order to arrive at a reliable conclusion as to the safety of the parts examined; and if necessary for this purpose, parts of the lifting appliance and gear, shall be dismantled

Rigging of ship’s derricks.-

(l) Every ship shall carry the current and relevant rigging plans and any other relevant information necessary for the safe rigging of its derricks and necessary gear.

(2) All such rigging plans shall be certified by a competent person.

Winches.-

(a) Winches shall not be used if control levers to operate with excessive friction or excessive play.

(b) Double gear winches shall not be used unless a positive means of locking the gear shift is provided.

(c) When changing gears on a two gear winch, there shall be no load other than the fall and the cargo hock assembly on the winch.

(d) Adequate protection shall be provided to winch operator against the weather, where necessary.

(e) Temporary seats and shelters for winch operators which create a hazard to the winch operator or other dock workers shall not be allowed to be used.

(f) When winchs are left unattended, control levers shall be secured in the neutral position and whenever possible, the power shall be shut off.