The purpose of inspecting a MEWP is to ensure that it is safe, complete, that it works properly and that it is clean. You must inspect the entire machine, that is, the power source, all working parts, the structure and the vehicle mounting (where applicable). The weekly service check must be carried out before use and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
6 monthly thorough examination of lifting certificate present.
Manufacturer’s instruction manual present.
The platform, structure and the walkways completely clean and free from grease and dirt.
All tyres free from significant damage and pneumatic tyres, where fitted, at the correct pressures.
The wheel nuts in place and properly tightened, all split pins present and properly located.
The brakes must be tested to ensure that they are working efficiently.
The lights, horn and all other audible signals, when fitted in good working order.
There should be adequate fuel, water and oil and the batteries should be fully charged.
Batteries should be secure, clean, free from corrosion and checked for water level, especially before recharging
All structural parts free from cracks and damage.
All powered movements for telescoping, raising, lowering, slewing and steering must be in good working order in all positions.
The hydraulic system free from leaks.
Any communication system between the platform and ground level in good working order.
All emergency systems fully functional
Pot hole protection device (scissors) checked (if present).
Small scissor packs may have an audible alarm system fitted by the manufacturer as an alternative to guards. This will stop the scissor lift pack fully closing for a determined period and sound an alarm or siren to advise the operator to inspect around the machine ensuring no danger of entrapment.
If you discover any defects, report them at once to your supervisor. Ensure the MEWP cannot be used, until repairs have been carried out by an authorised person.