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Inspections

Is your equipment legal and safe to use?

Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are one of the safest ways to perform temporary work at height.

Keep your equipment safe through good maintenance regimes ranging from pre-use checks, to regular thorough examinations as required by law, to major inspections.
 
Guidance and resources on this subject include:

Videos

A clear demonstration outlining the inspection and maintenance requirements when using MEWPs:

IPAF inspection demo (Vertikal Days 2014)

A visual tour of how to conduct pre-start inspections for scissor lifts and booms:

Scissor lift video

Boom lift video

Inspection key tags

A handy reminder of points to cover for pre-use and workplace inspections
Small quantities are available free from IPAF: infoipaf.org 

IPAF Operators’ Safety Guide
A pocket-size booklet that sets out recommended good practices for the safe operation of MEWPs, which is given out to all those who successfully complete IPAF training
 
Competent Assessed Persons (CAP) programme
An assessment programme targeted at experienced engineers which allows them to be certified as competent persons to plan, manage or carry out inspections/thorough examinations of MEWPs in line with relevant legislation

IPAF Pre-Delivery Inspection course (PDI)

IPAF’s one-day pre-delivery inspection (PDI) course for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) equips service technicians with a rounded approach to an all-important subject. The course shows how to perform PDIs of MEWPS in a structured, systematic way and how to verify a MEWP is functioning correctly, is safe and ready for rental or sale.  There is also a legal requirement under the UK’s Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER 1998), lifting equipment, including MEWPs, has to be thoroughly examined to ensure that it is safe to use: “Lifting equipment is to be inspected by a competent person at suitable intervals between thorough examinations to ensure that health and safety conditions are maintained and that any deterioration can be detected and remedied in good time.”

PDIs and in-service inspections are a vital part of a service plan together with thorough examinations to ensure that MEWPs remain safe to use.

To find your nearest course, please consult the Training Centre Locator tool and select ‘PDI’ from the drop-down menu in the Category box.

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