It is important to always consider safety when using lifting equipment, when performing a heavy lift one should always perform a risk assessment before actually making a lift. Should you not be familiar with this your local rigging company should be able to assist you and advise you accordingly, obviously this can come at a price.
When working at height weather on a large rig or when using lifting gear one should always use height safety equipment to ensure total fall protection, there are lots and lots of companies out there that you can search for on the internet or even locally that offer everything you need in terms of Lifting Gear Safety.
Inspection of any load rated Lifting Equipment is vital and should be undertaken between every 3-12 months depending upon the intensity of usage. Failure to inspect and certify lifting gear regularly by a qualified LOLER inspection body can result in your company not being covered by insurance in the event that the item involved was neglected from an inspection.
Should the unspeakable happen, the company involved may be sued or fined heavily, this can also negatively impact on the persons involved in organising the inspections and maintenance.
Inspection is very important as a qualified engineer that has competent inspection skills will easily identify any abnormalities very quickly and efficiently while understanding the implications that the abnormality can cause. Much like a doctor for lifting gear the inspector can assess the required issue and recommend the steps to take in order to correct the problem, this may be just a minor replacement part such as a safety catch or something more complex that would require the company the scrap the item and replace it if the cost of repair is close to or outweighs a new item. Intense usage demands reliable products and requires more frequent inspection and replacement of spare parts or a total new item.