Hoisting Tool Inspection,
Repair, and Recertification
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WHY IS HOISTING TOOL CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?
SAFETY IS THE INDUSTRY’S TOP PRIORITY
Oilfield lifting equipment (hoisting tools) are used to wrap around the tool joint of drip pipe or casing, and to facilitate the lifting and lowering of the pipe or the drill string.
Of all the components on a rig, elevators are one of the most stressed, and require regular inspection. Many companies push the limits on equipment by delaying or often not even inspecting the equipment. But this is a lose-lose proposition for the rig — faulty and potentially risky hoisting tools can stop operations, cost companies millions and can cause a fatality.
That’s why you need to ensure that all your equipment is recertified. Recertification is not only a good idea for daily operations, but it also gives your company an easy way out via insurance in the event of an accident.
In current climate, certifications are typically required to be in compliance prior to a rig beginning work on site.
API is the globally recognized “Industry Standard” Certification Body.
One surefire way to guarantee recertification is by only buying certified equipment in the first place. The American Petroleum Institute (API) licenses “Drilling and Production Hoisting Equipment” manufacturers under API Spec 8C, which covers elevator links, tubing and rill pipe elevators, sucker rod elevators, spiders (if capable of being used as elevators) and various other types of hoisting equipment.
In addition API has published Recommended Practice 8B which details recommended practice and procedures for certifying safe use oilfield hoisting equipment.