Henriksen online hook inspection course success
Henriksen Hooks of Norway is aiming to make the maritime world a little safer thanks to the take-up of its hook inspection training courses.
In February, Henriksen introduced an on-line training course that enables customers to perform their own annual product inspections which has proved popular, helping ensure that their Henriksen boat lifting hooks remain safe for use.
"We are very pleased with the way the industry has responded to the course," said Ole Rasmus Undrum, sales manager for Henriksen Hooks.
"Although the numbers are not numerically large, they represent an important change of attitude towards equipment safety by ship operators. We have been getting an average of four or five people complete the course every month and this number is growing.”
Mr Undrum explained that the on-line training course teaches customers how to inspect their products for safety-critical defects. They are then qualified to submit a completed check-list that details the condition of the various Henriksen products that they own.
These may include any from the Henriksen range of off-load lifting hooks, towing hooks and painter hooks. When the inspection check-list has been received and approved by Henriksen the hook will deemed to comply with SOLAS regulations.
There are roughly 10,000 Henriksen hooks in use around the world yet Mr Undrum believes that only a handful are inspected by qualified personnel.
“Hook inspections are not conducted as a revenue-earner for Henriksen, we just want to ensure that our products are safe to use. Now, for just Kr 3000 (USD $ 385.00) a crew member can be trained to carry-out the annual inspections. They are then qualified to submit an annual inspection form for the hook that Henriksen can certify as being safe," he said.
When the form is submitted to confirm that the hook is free of defects Henriksen will issue its annual approval. To renew their warranties all hooks must still be given an in-depth inspection in the Henriksen factory every five years but the course is a money-saving benefit until then.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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