Air receivers & expansion vessels, passenger lifts, stair lifts, disability and wheelchair lifts, pressurised heating systems, service lifts, lifting machines & lighting gantries, fume extraction & machinery guarding

Locations

Schools, colleges, universities and related buildings eg halls of residence, theatres, libraries, sports facilities.

Why inspect?

We are an independent engineering inspection services company, enabling education stakeholders meet statutory plant and equipment safety obligations and keep employees, pupils and visitors safe. Overall accountability for health and safety lies with the employer of the staff in the school. However, day-to-day responsibility for the health and safety of staff and pupils is normally delegated to the head teacher and management team. They are governed by statutory obligations which also states that the personnel operating any equipment must be suitably qualified and experienced to do so.

Every year an eye watering amount of money is spent on the day-to-day maintenance of our educational facilities, ensuring that these places of learning are safe for all those who are either there to learn, teach, visit or maintain. The quality and safety of these institutions are determined by how they are looked after, as well as the ways in which servicing and repairs are carried out.

Main legislation for your equipment:

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

Our engineers will draw up the written scheme of examinations (schemes for simple systems are provided free of charge).

More information from Gov.uk about education estate management and equipment inspections can be found here.

How we work

We generally work with your Insurance Broker as these inspections are often included in your policy agreement, but if not, or if you need any clarification, please get in touch.

We have engineers available in most areas and specialists at the end of the phone to offer advice.

Our service

Our specialists advise on the type of inspections required and the best approach. We keep you fully informed and never leave you waiting.

  • Fast, competitive quotes
  • Timely inspections from qualified engineers
  • Professional, trouble free, responsive
  • Over 25 years in business
  • Dedicated industry specialist Account Manager
  • Free technical support and training sessions
  • Urgent cases rapidly dealt with
  • Discount for volume equipment
  • Prompt documentation
  • Full refund policy in the (unlikely) event of dissatisfaction (Ts & Cs apply)
Engineering inspections for the Education Sector

Resources – common faults found in your equipment

Our Engineer Surveyors, who are out in the field every day, report on the top 5 defects they find with manufacturing equipment and have provided some simple safety measures you can implement.

AIR RECEIVERS
Most industrial settings will have a compressed air system that includes an air receiver supplying an immediate source of energy to operate tools and machinery. Air receivers are prone to corrode internally and if they fail, could be a risk to personnel and equipment. To ensure that the air receiver continues to maintain its reliability it must be examined in accordance with the written scheme of examination, where its safety systems and structural integrity are assessed for continued safe use. As part of the process of monitoring any deterioration of the air receiver’s integrity, it would normally undergo a working examination every 12 months and the following year be stripped down for a thorough examination. Find out more.

PASSENGER LIFTS
When carrying personnel, they should be inspected every 6 months to comply with the requirements of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). When not carrying personnel, this is every 12 months.
We have summarised the most common faults found with passenger lifts and helpful tips on how to spot problems and avoid accidents. Find out more.

PRESSURISED HEATING SYSTEMS
Thurra’s engineers carry out the examination thoroughly and professionally on all components of the heating system including those that are required by the “Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000” (PSSR). Our team of experienced engineers reveal the most common faults we find when inspecting pressurised heating systems, plus simple checks you can make to avoid unnecessary and preventable accidents. Find out more.

GOODS LIFTS, SERVICE LIFTS, DUMB WAITERS
Engineer’s findings of the most common faults we experience when inspecting goods lifts. Plus tips on how to prevent life threatening and costly accidents. Find out more.

STAIR LIFTS, DISABILITY ACCESS & WHEELCHAIR LIFTS
Because these lifts carry people, they should be examined every 6 months to comply with the property owner’s statutory obligations and the Health and Safety Executives guidelines.
Keep your lift users safe by checking our report on the common defects, as provided by our team of expert Engineer Surveyors. Find out more.

EXPANSION VESSELS
Failure of the expansion vessel can be attributed to any number of factors, including a damaged Schrader valve and a damaged internal bladder or diaphragm. In such events the heating system will work inefficiently or potentially not at all. All components are examined at the annual examination ensuring that the charge pressure is still evident and the bladder or diaphragm are still separating the air and water parts of the system. Find out more.

LIGHTING GANTRIES
Lighting gantries are rarely used and often forgotten. Once or twice a year they are lowered down, lights rigged and raised back into place ready for the next presentation evening or school play. Often, they are in school halls or gymnasiums where there is the potential for them to get hit by, for example, footballs or shuttle cocks which either damage the gantry or get stuck in the operating gear.
Annually as part of an examination schedule the entire structure, hoist, clamps and fittings are examined and operated through their full range of movement. Any defects or areas of concern are reported to the facility management ensuring there is sufficient time for any repairs to be carried out before the big night. Find out more.

FUME EXTRACTION
Science labs in schools and colleges must be equipped with effective local exhaust ventilation to remove harmful gases, fumes or particulate matter from the laboratory and in the area where the student or teacher/lecturer is working. Thurra has specialist engineers measure the air flow and calculate efficiency of an extraction system and the frequency of air changes. Our engineers report any deterioration in the system, areas where there could be improvements made and areas where there is any safety risk. Find out more.

MACHINERY GUARDING
Wood working machines and pillar drills are all items of equipment that must have sufficient guarding to prevent accidental or deliberate interference with the moving parts of the machine. If anyone were to come into contact with a rotating chuck, drill or circular saw, it could have disastrous consequences. Thurra’s engineers check all guarding annually to ensure that it is physically appropriate for the task it must perform and that any interlocks function as designed. Thurra’s engineers will report back to the person who is directly responsible for making sure that the guarding is safe, outlining any concerns that they may have. Find out more.

What our customers say

Testimonial user

Site Manager

Further Education College, Greater Manchester

“Thurra has been inspecting equipment at our sites for over 10 years and in that time, we have got to know the individual Engineer Surveyors and they have got to know us, our equipment and our buildings. They always work around our term times and busiest periods and call ahead to check before arriving. They are hassle-free, professional and reliable. I would recommend to anyone.”

Other industry sectors we support

These are just a few of the many types of businesses we support. If you don’t see your industry listed, please give us a call to find out how our engineering inspection services can help you.