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Are you complying with Australian Standards?

Are you using a machine or thinking of purchasing a machine out of compliance? Here is some tips and advice to make sure you are complying with Australian Standards.

ROUTINE INSPECTION (90 DAY)

Routine inspection and maintenance shall be based upon the working environment, the frequency and severity of use, while the EWP (elevating work platform) is in service. The inspection shall be carried out at no more than three-monthly intervals unless the EWP is not in-service.

The inspection shall include all items specified in instructions written in accordance with this Standard for routine inspections.

ANNUAL INSPECTION

A program of periodic inspection shall be carried out. For all EWP’s in-service, the inspection interval shall not exceed 12 months.

ENHANCED PERIODIC INSPECTION

After the first 5 years of service, and every 5 years thereafter, periodic inspections shall be structured to ensure all critical components are inspected, and tested where appropriate within a 5-year period.  The scheduling of components for inspection and testing shall be based on the EWP’s operational history and anticipated future usage, and the condition of the component. The schedule shall be recorded and updated when altered.

Inspection of the critical components may be deferred till the end of the 5th year of the program, in which case the EWP shall be subjected to a major inspection.

The sequence of inspection may be altered based on the EWP’s usage, providing all critical components are inspected in the 5-year period.

MAJOR INSPECTION

Under Australian Standard AS2550, EWP’s must undergo a Major Inspection after the EWP has been in use for ten years. The following categories of EWP’s shall be subjected to a major inspection and associated maintenance:

1. EWP’s where the enhanced periodic inspection regime has not been carried out and the EWP have been in use for a period of ten years

2. EWP’s that are to be re-commissioned or imported, and that do not have previous continuous working records and maintenance records as specified in AS2550.10-2006 clause 6.6

3. EWP’s subjected to a 10 year major inspection and have experienced 5 years subsequent use.

How Duralift complies…

At Duralift, we conduct the normal quarterly or 90 day servicing on all brands of equipment this is a simple check over.  Annual servicing is done once a year; it includes additional items, which need to be done once a year such as replacing the hydraulic filters.To ensure full compliance with AS2550.10, our service department carry out a pre-disassembly inspection and operation test, a full EWP strip down, complete non destructive structural testing in accordance with our Engineering Guidelines, and also carried out any recommended structural product upgrades. We then refurbish and refinish all components, re-assemble and recommission the EWP, and finally completed a thorough pre-delivery inspection and the associated testing (stability, creep, brake etc), as conduct a full electrical insulation test.

Don’t get caught out buying or using a non compliant EWP!

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