chain block inspection

Safety first: The inspection and use of Manual Hoists is safety-critical and should only be undertaken by a competent person. Anchor Industries’ training helps you put safety first.

Learner outcomes: Learner who pass this course will be able to safely use and inspect chain blocks and lever hoists in accordance with legislative safety standards and job requirements.

This course combines theoretical study and practical exercises to teach students about the statutory requirements, general safety and safe use of manual hoists.

It’s important to note that this course is designed to give the learner the skills to inspect manual hoists. In South Africa it is however, a requirement that hoists are inspected by an ECSA registered Lifting Machinery Inspector (LMI), not just a competent person and this course does not guarantee that you will be registered as an LMI.

  • Accredited course:

ECSA accredited courseCPD 1 Point


What participants of the course said:

  • I enjoyed getting so much practical experience with all the lifting gear.

    Sean F.
  • Bryan and Piet were great trainers!

    Dean S.
  • The most important things I learned is to always put safety first and to make sure to use the right equipment.

    Shaun S.
  • I have gained a lot of rigging skills. For example, how to communicate with the crane operator and to always inspect my gear before using it.

    Gordon M.
  • Thank you to the facilitators – for showing us how to use the equipment but also for sharing your experience. I'm now confident about my skills.

    Samuel P.
  • The course made me aware of the things that are not written down. I really enjoyed learning how to calculate the load weight – I can now do it myself.

    Daniel M.
training participants
  • One-day course with practical and theoretical modules
  • Aimed at students who are likely to be involved in lifting and rigging or LMIs needing CPD points for continued registration
  • Safe Use and Inspection Manual included with the course
  • Students must pass the classroom activity, written and practical exams to receive a certificate
  • Max. 10 students per course to provide optimal learning environment
  • The course is presented at Anchor’s training centres; course material is presented in English
  • On request, the course can be delivered at client’s premises.

Course dates 2019*

Month Days
February 08
March 08
April 05
 May 10
 June 07
 July 12
 August 16
 September 13
 October 11
 November 08

*dates valid for Anchor’s training centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Additional courses can be arranged on request.

Course content

Introduction to Manual Hoists

  • Introduction
  • General industry terms
  • Required learner outcomes
  • Learner role and responsibilities

General Safety and Equipment

  • Amendments to OHS Act
  • Safe approach to lifting operations

Parts of Manual Hoists

  • Chain block parts
  • Lever hoist parts

Safe Use of Manual Hoists

  • Selection
  • Safe use
  • Product markings and certificates
  • Inspections prior to use
  • Care and maintenance
  • Basic rigging techniques

How the hoist works

  • Chain block
  • Lever hoist
  • Mechanical advantage
  • Velocity ratio
  • Efficiency
  • Self sustaining lifting machines

Inspection and Testing

  • Standards
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Inspections
  • Load chain installation
  • Performance test
  • Overload protection device
  • Documentation


  • Internal view of parts
  • Visual inspection sheet – external
  • Visual inspection sheet – internal
  • Flow chart of inspection process
  • Hoist testing sheet
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