Mobile Elevated Work Platforms – The 5 most common faults

Top 5 defects – mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs)

The Thurra Engineer Surveyors share their findings of the most common faults they find when inspecting MEWPs. Also, some simple checks and measures you can implement to help avoid life threatening and costly accidents from arising.

  1. Illegible control markings – all control levers / switches should be clearly marked. These can become faded and dirty with use, so keep them clean or apply new manufacturer’s stickers.
  2. Ineffective access gates – these should open inwards and return to the closed position via a spring. If not effective, this will result in a serious defect from one of our Engineers.
  3. Access bars tied in open position – these should never be tied in the open position as they reduce the gap at the access opening. Again, this would result in a serious defect notice being issued.
  4. Inoperative tilt alarms – these should be tested on a daily basis. In most cases, these are just a rocker type switch that can be tested by hand. If the switch is mounted on a printed circuit board, the machine needs to be placed on a slope and raised. Refer to the manufacturer’s handbook for details on the type of warning function that this will inhibit.
  5. Inoperative pot-hole protection – on a scissor type machine, these are deployed between 1.8m and 2m and prevent the machine from tipping over in the event of entering a pothole or recess in the floor. These can be tested daily, but must also be tested independently to ensure they function correctly. The type of machine (refer to the manufacturer’s handbook) will determine the type of warning / function.

If you require advice or help on any of the above, please speak to your Insurance Broker who will be happy to arrange a call from Thurra for technical advice, or a visit by an experienced engineer.

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