EWP inspections and maintenance: Ensuring safety from the ground up

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Just like your car needs servicing to make sure it’s roadworthy, Elevating Work Platforms (EWPs) require regular inspections to keep them in tip-top working condition. Along with routine maintenance, inspections help extend the lifespan of your equipment and ensure that they’re safe for operators to use. 

So, how often does an EWP need to be serviced and inspected? We’ll explore the importance of EWP inspections and the different types, including the crucial 10-year major inspection. 

 

What are the different types of EWP inspections? 

EWPs, such as scissor lifts, boom lifts, and telehandlers, are all subject to stringent safety standards due to them being potentially dangerous to operate. So, regular checks are mandated to help identify and fix any issues with the machinery. These are the four main types of inspections required by EWP standards in Australia:

Pre-operational inspections

These are the daily checks that the machine operator does before using EWP equipment. It’s generally a visual inspection, looking out for any noticeable damage. The operator should also do a quick test to make sure control and safety functions are working correctly. This type of inspection is for identifying any immediate issues that could pose a risk during operation.

Routine inspection and maintenance

Depending on the guidelines provided by the machine manufacturer, routine inspections should be carried out monthly or even weekly. They involve more thorough checks than pre-operational inspections, including testing safety mechanisms, examining structural components, and ensuring all operating systems are functioning properly. Then, the maintenance may include tasks such as replacing worn parts and addressing minor issues identified during the inspection.

Periodic inspection

These are comprehensive inspections that happen typically every six months or annually. A qualified technician usually conducts them, going through an extensive EWP inspection checklist to examine the machine’s critical components and systems. Periodic inspections aim to identify wear and tear or potential issues that might not be apparent during daily or routine checks.

Major inspection

The major inspection is required under Australian Standard AS2250 for the safe use of EWPs. For machinery to be compliant, it must undergo this inspection ten years after the date it was manufactured and every five years after that. 

This inspection is the most rigorous and ensures the long-term integrity of the machine, identifying and addressing any structural issues, fatigue, or other conditions that could compromise safety.​

 

An All Star technician inspecting access equipment.

 

The importance of EWP inspections

Understanding the significance of regular EWP inspections helps ensure the safety of your crew and the efficiency of your operations. Here are key reasons why these inspections are indispensable:

Workplace safety 

Regular inspections are the best way to identify any potential issues before they become major problems. It’s a proactive approach when it comes to preventing accidents on site and keeping everyone safe. 

Compliance with legal standards

Adhering to inspection schedules ensures compliance with industry standards and Victorian regulations. This helps avoid legal repercussions or any fines associated with non-compliance.

Operational efficiency and reliability 

Inspections help keep your machines in peak working condition, reducing the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns. That means less downtime and more productivity for meeting project deadlines.

Extending equipment lifespan 

Timely repairs and maintenance not only ensure that your equipment remains reliable but also offer a better return on investment. You’ll delay the need for costly replacements and maintain the resale value.

 

Trust All Star for all your EWP inspections

Here at All Star, we understand the critical role of thorough EWP inspections and safety compliance. Our expert team conducts comprehensive checks on all of our equipment for sale and hire, ensuring they are ready to get the job done and meet the highest standards of safety.

But our commitment to safety and excellence doesn’t stop there. We offer our inspection services for your owned equipment as well. Whether it’s a routine check, a periodic inspection, or the crucial ten-year major inspection, our trained technicians are equipped to handle all your EWP inspection needs.