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A lifting equipment inspector carries out vital checks to ensure that equipment and machinery used for lifting is in working order, so construction projects can be carried out in line with strict health and safety guidelines. If equipment is found to need repairs, they will carry out this work, or recommend a more qualified engineer for the job.
You can complete a training course to become a lifting equipment inspector. Under guidelines, any capable person with experience can carry out inspections, if they hold an industry-standard qualification from the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).
Although this role requires a certain qualification, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a lifting equipment inspector, you will require an industry-standard qualification from a specialist training provider. The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is responsible for training new lifting equipment engineers, as well as setting standards and providing health and safety information. They offer qualifications, ranging from the Part 1 Entrance Certificate, the basic level training course, through to the Mobile Crane Examination Diploma (a more specialised award for those inspecting mobile telescoping cranes).
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a company which supplies or maintains lifting equipment to gain experience as a lifting equipment inspector. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced lifting equipment inspector and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a lifting equipment inspector. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a lifting equipment inspector include:
The expected salary for a lifting equipment inspector varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a lifting equipment inspector, you could move into related roles, such as a SHEQ (safety, health, environment and quality) advisor, as your skills and experience improve.