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  • Writer's pictureBen Nordman

Lift Magnet Certification, Keeping Your Shop Safe

Updated: May 8


Lift Magnet Certifications

Two very important things that each company keeps in mind when thinking of their business is safety of employees as well as their bottom line. When lifting the heavy material with your MagnaLift and Power-Grip lift magnet, those hold even truer. With lifting capacities of up to 15,000 lbs., keeping lift magnets up to date on certifications is very important for workplace safety and keeping the certification current and the lift magnet tested could save a company up to thousands of dollars.

Keeping on top of your lift magnet's annual certification, a company is able to be in line with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for shop safety and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) standard for below-the-hook lifting devices.

Lift magnet needing new nameplate and certification

The ASME lays out the standard for lift magnets that are to be followed through the design and certification of each magnet. Included in the testing of the lift magnets at Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc. are rated lifting capacity, nametag identification, flat lifting surface, cracked weldments, etc.

With each qualification being met, we are able to certify that a lift magnet is safe to be using. Keeping a magnet certified protects companies from using a lifting device that could malfunction due to normal wear-and-tear.

Our technicians are trained professionals that, collectively, have many years of knowledge in lift magnet care and usage. Their product and industry knowledge assist in the testing and identification of problems with lift magnets.

MagnaLift Lifting Magnet

With our magnets lasting decades, the possibility of damage occurring from using it every day is probable at some point in its lifetime. Keeping up with annual inspection with us at Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc. is important so that we can identify and fix potential problems prior to those problems turning into safety hazards.

Certification is recommended, at a minimum, annually if the lift magnet is used on a moderate basis. Certification periods should be adjusted for more frequent and heavy lift magnet usage.

They should be inspected before each and every lift and each and every day. Additionally, any lift magnet that has failed or has been serviced, should be certified prior to returning to service. Doing all of this will help you ID problems before it becomes an issue for an operator.

Furthermore, savings could come from a company's insurance, with some insurance plans providing breaks with proof of certifications being done annually.

Lift magnet certification pricing is based on rated capacity of the lift magnet. A current price list can be found on our website. Give us a call today at 815-962-8700 or check out our website at for more information about MagnaLift and Power-Grip lift magnets as well as our other brands.


MagnaLift and Power-Grip are brands owned by Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc.

Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc. is a Rockford, Ill. manufacturing company and is the OEM for Magna-Lock USA workholding, MagnaLift & Power-Grip lift magnets, and Arter Precision Grinding Machines as well providing surface grinding services. They are located at 5015 28th Ave. in Rockford, Ill. with a phone number of 815-962-8700. Check out more at

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