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What to know about Load Testing!

Why Load Test?

Load testing is critically important for any lifting equipment that is either newly installed or been in use for a long period of time. Load testing reveals functional errors that only occur under stress and lowers the frequency and serious nature of incidents involving overhead cranes and hoists. Within Canada Load Testing is required on all lifting equipment to fulfill CSA B167-16 7.3 Load testing 7.3.1 and ASME. SECTION 2-2.1: INSPECTION B30.2.2005. 2-2.2.2 regulations and requirements. Click on the hyperlinks above to see what they entail.

What does the process involve?

An extensive and conclusive check is preformed before and after a load test. This check includes: The deflection of the bridge and any fails within the rope and welds of the crane. The Crane’s required load limits are set in order to stop over loading, this is necessary because over time load limits can go out of calibration from overuse or an incorrect install of the hoist.


After completion of the Load test we supply a certificate of load test in accordance with CSA B167-16 7.3 Load testing 7.3.1 and ASME. SECTION 2-2.1: INSPECTION B30.2.2005. 2-2.2.2 regulations.

Types of Loads needed for Load Testing

Static Load: A load that weighs more than the required amount needed. It is lifted with a load cell connected to ensure not to go more than 20% over the rated lift weight of lifting equipment.

Dynamic Load: A load that is exactly 20% over the amount the lifting equipment is rated to lift. This is the most accurate way to test a load. Most modern Cranes require a dynamic load to set the load limits.

Getting a Dynamic weight and the use of solid weights on site can be time consuming and not always possible which are some of the reasons why Venter Cranes has become an Agent for WATER WEIGHTS® in Canada.


The use of WATER WEIGHTS® water filled proof load bags for proof load testing is recognized worldwide as the sensible and safest solution. Our bags offer the simplest and most cost-effective means of load testing any lifting equipment or load-bearing structure. We supply a comprehensive range of bags with capacities from 1 to 110 metric tons. Combining bags and specially designed beams allow for very large capacity tests. They were safer, more flexible and since the bags themselves weigh only 2% of the total achievable load when filled – infinitely easier and economical to ship, handle and store. They are environmentally responsible.

Load Testing services Venter Cranes offers

Venter Cranes offers a wide range of Crane & Hoist load testing solutions to industries from land to sea, in any environment. Monorails, container handling cranes, overhead cranes, davits, derricks, winches and virtually any lifting equipment or load-bearing structure, from ship to shore we have provided load test solutions since 1993 from Southern Africa to Canada.

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Contact us for rentals of WATER WEIGHTS® or if you need our Load Testing Services.



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