The elevating work platform safety checklist aids in the inspection process of the elevating work platform to ensure maximum safety during operation.
According to BS EN 280:2013, Elevating Work Platform (EWP) is a machine that comprises of a work platform with controls, an extending structure and chassis.
However, the checklist will cover all the structures of the elevating platform and will make the inspection process less cumbersome.
This inspection process helps in early identification of faults in the EWP, and repairs made to avoid accident during operations.
Advantages of using the (EWP) Elevating Work Platform Safety Checklist
- It makes the process organize
- It aids the process and prevent loss of any aspect of the process; since everything needed to be inspected will be highlighted in the checklist.
- It makes it easy for someone with less professional experience to carry out the process.
- Makes the process less cumbersome
- It saves time, etc.
The elevating work platform checklist can be use at the different level of equipment check. It could be used in the quick pre-use checks, weekly/monthly checks or more extensive scheduled checks. The time of checks are not static, it will be determined by the manufacturer’s specification and the organization, based on their risk assessment.
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Contents of the elevating work platform safety checklist
- Type and model of the equipment
- Manufacture date
- Serial number or ID number
- Safe working load
- Date of inspection
- Name of inspector
- Items checked
- State of the items checked (Satisfactory or non-satisfactory)
- Summary of items that must be repaired before returning to service.
- Next inspection due date
- Additional information, etc.
Areas that should be covered in the EWP checklist
As stated earlier, the EWP checklist should cover all the components of the elevating work platform.
Below is a typical checklist, covering major components of the EWP and what should be checked in these components.
|1. Check rails and gate|
|2. Padding in good condition and secure|
|3. Check for corrosion|
|4. Clear of debris|
|5. Harness attachment point|
|1. Operational controls clearly marked for function and direction of operation|
|2. Check control levers/pedals and cables/linkages are secure and free from damage|
|3. Controls operate freely and return to neutral|
|4. Protected from accidental operation|
|5. Emergency lowering control accessible at ground level|
|6. Slope indicator/alarm fitted|
|7. Emergency stop provided and functioning correctly|
The areas covered here is not conclusive as other areas may be added or excluded in the checklist based on the depth of the inspection.
NOTE: Inspection should be done by competent persons.
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