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RIGGING GEAR TESTING CENTRE (RGTC)
"Rigging Gear Testing Centre (RGTC) is the FIRST Inspection Centre in Malaysia that could carry out the MOST COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION SERVICE that is currently needed to VERIFY THE FITNESS of all new and used lifting gears in any engineering application.

 

 

 

1. Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA)

OSHA'S mission to assure the safety and health of workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

OSHA PART 1910.184 SLINGS SAFE OPERATING PRACTICES. Whenever any sling is used, the following practices shall be observed:-

1910.184(c)(1) -
Slings that are damaged or defective shall not be used.
1910.184(c)(2) -
Slings shall not be shortened with knots or bolts or other makeshift devices.
1910.184(c)(3) -
Sling legs shall not be kinked.
1910.184(c)(4) -
Slings shall not be loaded in excess of their rated capacities.
1910.184(c)(5) -
Slings used in a basket hitch shall have the loads balanced to prevent slippage.
1910.184(c)(6) -
Slings shall be securely attached to their loads.
1910.184(c)(7) -
Slings shall be padded or protected from the sharp edges of their loads.
1910.184(c)(8) -
Suspended loads shall be kept clear of all obstructions.
1910.184(c)(9) -
All employees shall be kept clear of loads about to be lifted and of suspended loads.
1910.184(c)(10) -
Hands or fingers shall not be placed between the sling and its load while the sling is being tightened around the load.
1910.184(c)(11) -
Shock loading is prohibited.
1910.184(c)(12) -
A sling shall not be pulled from under a load when the load is resting on the sling.
 
 
2. Our Inspection Service
Safety is the prime consideration in all sling applications. Rigging Gear Testing Centre Sdn Bhd (RGTC) proof tests each wire rope, chain or synthetic sling. All the results of tested slings and/or fittings are recorded in our office. In addition, we furnish a formal Test Certificate and Graphical Report for each test performed. These tests meet the national SIRIM standards and international industrial safety standards.
• Fully-compliant Electronic Testing Machine
• Visual Inspection on slings/gears previously used
• Computer-Assisted Tracking (CAT) system enables a comprehensive Inspection Process.
• All Inspections are furnished with detailed Test Reports, Graphical Printouts and Taggings
• Approval by a reliable 
Third-party Tester
We make sure that your gears are fully compliant and reliable for your engineering application !
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3. Load Test Machine

Our electronic state-of-art pull test machine comes complete with a computer unit and is controlled by an application-based software. This enables the machine to perform a range of tests including load test, hold test and cycle test. For verification purpose, we offer a graphical printout of parameters including Force, Time and Elongation for our clients.

Our pull-test machine complies with SS EN ISO 7500/1, 1999 Standard Class 1. It is the first fully electronically-controlled facility that is available in Malaysia.

Question :
Why do you need to do an inspection of your slings/rigging gears?

Answer :

 

Inspection of sling is necessary practice as regulated by OSHA 1910.184. OSHA 1910.184(d) states that "Each day before being used, the sling and all fastenings and attachments shall be inspected for damage or defects by a competent person designated by the employer. Additional inspections shall be performed during sling use, where service conditions warrant. Damaged or defective slings shall be immediately removed from service."

Question :

What does an inspection service in RGTC entail?

Answer :

An inspection service of RTGC involves two stated process :-

1. A visual inspection involves examining the condition of the rigging gear against a checklist of acceptable standards. If the gear has passed the conditions of acceptable standards, it has passed the visual test.

2. A proof load is a load that can be applied to test a gear. A proof-load test involves pulling the rigging gear to a level of load that is beyond the working load limit (WLL) or the safe working load (SWL) of the gear to "prove" it's fitness for the relevant engineering condition. More often than not, a proof load equivelant to double the amount of WLL or SWL of a rigging gear is applied.

Question : What is the difference between a Mill Certificate and a Test Certificate?
Answer :
A Mill Certificate is a report on a sample of gears or slings audited by an approving international body. This certificate is an official report offered by the manufacturer to the customers to inform them that the products produced have been made to a specific standard.

These products would normally serve as a raw material to be taken for further re-fabrication or manufacture to produce slings to meet application-based needs. As a result, the end product after manufacture may or may not have met the necessary requirement of the application (such as the SWL required). This is when a Testing Certificate is requested in a more usage-specific circumstance.

Question : What should you expect in a full inspection certification?
Answer :
You should have the following :

1. A completed certificate endorsed by the appropriate parties.
2. Indication of the amount of proof load applied to test the gear concerned, which in most circumstances is two times the WLL or SWL.
3. Verification report, such as a graphical printout of parameters of Force versus Elongation.
4. A checklist of criteria that clearly-define the inspection standards that was adopted. 
5. An identification tag which clearly states the serial no., WLL and the expiry date of the sling set/gear inspected.

It is important that you as a user ask the tester of any proof or report which can verify the full test. Otherwise, the test may not be genuine as the way we have done it at the RGTC!

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4. A Study on Some Samples Rigging Accessories in the Marketplace - "A Malaysian Case Study"

 
Subject
A Wire Rope Sling taken from worksite.
Test Proof Load Test
Result
A damaged ferrule sleeve is found when load is applied. The result reflects a severe problem on the quality of fabrication.
Subject
A Ferrule sample taken from a local fabricator of Wire Rope Slings.
Test Observation
Result
Ferrule does not satisfy the requirement of EN573-2 standard of "100% seamlessness".
Subject 
A Synthetic Webbing Sling (with a tagged WLL indicating 2T) taken from a local supplier.
Test Break Load Test
Result
Graphical output shows that the sling not only breaks at arc-end of the eye-loop, the breaking point is also found to be 9000kgs, which points to a substandard design factor allowance of less than 5 times the indicated rated capacity (WLL).