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Why Inertia Reels Require Regular Service

Regular Servicing

Under EN360 Inertia Reels require to be inspected and serviced every twelve months. However, in the harsh off-shore environment, that many of us in the Aberdeen area work in, it may be that the equipment is being stored and used in conditions, which can have a detrimental affect upon its use. Examples of this are shown below. It is for this reason that many of our customers ask for a six-monthly inspection & service regime, which we are happy to provide.

Salt Contamination

As can be seen from the picture below, the internal workings of the block has been contaminated by salt water, causing rusting on the pawls.  The wire rope can become drenched with salt water which is then fed back into the unit, spraying on the brake discs, pawls etc


Oil & Grease Contamination

As can be seen from the units below, a mixture of oil and grease have built up inside the units, this is due to either the wire rope picking up the oil and grease or the unit being submerged while in use. Again this will have an impact on the internal components of the unit.


Correct Use of Equipment

It is essential that Inertia Reels are used in the correct manner and that attention is paid to anchorage points and the angle in which the user is working.  This picture below shows the wear that can occur when the block is used at the incorrect angle. This type of wear can cause damage to the casing of the unit as well as the wire.




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Fast fact

In Scotland HSE and local authorities investigate potential offences by cannot instigate legal proceedings. HSE and local Authorities send a report to Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) make the decision to instigate legal proceedings.

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