Elevating work platform safety checklist

Elevating work platform safety checklist
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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.

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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.

Read Also: MEWP rescue plan: Guide and Example

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)
  • Remark
  • Summary of items that must be repaired before returning to service.
  • Next inspection due date
  • Additional information, etc.

Read Also: Safe working platform: Qualities & Safety tips

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
Hydraulic systems

1. Hydraulic system relief valve set to correct pressure
2. Hose burst protection fitted to boom cylinder
3. Hoses secured to prevent damage
4. Flexible hoses in good condition
5. Steel lines in good condition
6. Check for leaks
7. Cylinders are secure and free from damage
8. Check pumps are secure
9. Oil tank is securely mounted and free from damage
1. Check for any cracks, including any cleaning or removal of covers as required
2. Boom
3. Leveling bar
4. Chassis
5. Boom pivot post/frame
6. Pins and pin bosses
7. All hydraulic cylinder mounts
8. Slew ring
9. Basket mount
10. Mounting brackets (e.g. engine mounts and hydraulic tank mounts)
11. Steering linkages and cylinders
12. Suspension pivots/shackles
13. All welds
14. Corrosion
15. Broken or loose bolts
1. Tyres and rims free of damage, ballast weights secure if fitted
2. Tyre pressure, check water ballast if required
3. Missing or loose wheel nuts
4. Check wheel bearings and wheel drive motors
5. Check steering system or caster wheel mounting and pivot bearings
6. Pins and bushes for wear
7. Retainers are fitted to pins
8. Check fluid levels and complete services as required (oil and filter changes)
9. Pins have been greased
10. Engine fluid leaks
11. Exhaust for holes and loose brackets or clamps
12. Check operation of warning lights or alarms were fitted
13. Check fitted auxiliary equipment (e.g. Air systems for pruning shears)

This may include specific maintenance and inspection requirements separate to the EWP

14. Check for unauthorised modifications or unsatisfactory repairs
1. Run machine and check for correct operation of all controls including emergency stop, return to neutral and emergency boom lowering valve

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.

Read Also: MEWP Safety: How to ensure safe use of the MEWP


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