November 25, 2020
Our Engineers’ Top 5 Defects of Tailboard lifts
Thurra’s team of experienced engineers assess the condition of tailboard lifts, advising on the condition of the equipment and whether or not any remedial action is required to ensure they continue to operate safely and effectively. A formal written report is provided which should be kept as confirmation of the equipment’s status and if required it should be presented to your maintenance contractor.
- Defective Safety Locks – Due to the hard-working environment that tailboard lifts operate in, it is common to see tailboard lifts with inoperative safety locks or devices which prevent the suspended load falling from the rear of a lorry or van. As part of any thorough examination conducted by Thurra, the condition of the hydraulic ram, lifting chains pulleys and the structural integrity of the tailboard lift are examined and assessed. A functional test of the safety locks is conducted. These safety devices are called into operation very rarely, so therefore the owner and operator need to be confident that when required these safety devices will operate as designed.
- Defective Tailboard Lift Stowage – On some tailboard lifts when the tailboard lift is not in use they can be stowed in the vertical position at the rear of the lorry / van. It is common to see the retaining brackets distorted. In such cases there is the possibility that the tailboard lift could move from its stowed position whilst the lorry / van is travelling. This could in turn contribute to a serious road traffic accident. The thorough examination conducted by Thurra will include an assessment of the condition of the tailboard lift stowage mechanism, reporting any concerns to the owner or user immediately.
- Strained and distorted lifting platform – Tailboard lifts are constantly lifting and lowering many different types of loads. This constant loading can, on occasions, cause the lift platform to bow. In such cases the strength of the tailboard lift and the stability of the lifted load could be compromised. In such cases there is a distinct possibility that any such load could roll off the back of the tailboard lift, injuring the operator or personnel in the vicinity. The examination conducted by Thurra would include an assessment of the tailboard lifts structural integrity.
- Slips on wet tailboard lifting platforms – Most tailboard lifts operate in all types of weather. When they become wet, they do present a significant slip hazard, either at ground level or when raised. As part of the examination, Thurra will assess the condition of the tailboard lift determining whether or not there is sufficient anti-slip coating in place. Slipping on a tailboard lift when raised or when at ground level presents a potentially very serious situation which can be significantly reduced with regular examinations and good maintenance routines.
- Defective control and interlock buttons / switches – The inadvertent movement of the tailboard lift is a serious matter which can cause serious accidents and injuries. These can be significantly reduced:
- If the operator has clear operation controls indicated on the control panel / pendent.
- Most tailboard lifts are fitted with a tamper proof function which prevents anyone operating the tailboard lift other that the designated operator.
Control buttons and interlock switches are examined by Thurra at every inspection ensuring that potential inadvertent movement of the tailboard lift is reduced, as much as is reasonably practicable.
If you require advice or help on any of the above, please contact us or speak to your Insurance Broker to arrange a call from Thurra for technical advice, or a visit by an experienced engineer.