Branded ‘AIMS’ (Asset Inspection Management System), the service has been created to help customers radically reduce risk associated with potential load failures.

Developed by Morris’ in-house team of IT specialists working in conjunction with maintenance services, AIMS uses hand-held technology as a means of accurately identifying all lifting equipment, be it overhead cranes or below the hook attachments across all site premises.

Pat Campbell, operations director, maintenance services, said: “Having successfully trialled the new AIMS system with a number of our key customers, we have taken the decision to actively promote its use.”

He explained that AIMS is a “highly-effective tool” and one that serves to ensure that “accident risk associated with defective items of lifting equipment is kept to an absolute minimum.”

This achievement is primarily delivered through the efficiency of the reporting that the system delivers, and its subsequent ability to schedule the management process required to rectify items of non-compliance.

Deployed by Morris’ team of LEEA trained technical support engineers, the service initially involves the compilation of an equipment register or asset database that covers all equipment to be inspected. Once collected, this information is stored on Morris’ own central IT system database, which is Microsoft driven.

With the register in place, which then forms the working base from which all future inspections are carried out, the condition of each item of lifting or below the hook equipment listed is entered onto palm-top technology.

This current reported information is then up-loaded to the equipment register database.

In order to further reduce the incidence of accident risk from potential load failure, during an AIMS inspection visit every single item of lifting equipment is colour coded for the relevant inspection period.

Campbell adds: “Perhaps the single biggest benefit that AIMS delivers is the speed with which information can be relayed through to a client following an inspection visit.”