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                        Elevated work platform inspections


                        There are essentially two types of elevated work platforms, scissor lifts and boom lifts. These can be trailing, self propelled machines or mounted on the back of a truck. Mast climbing platforms are often mistaken for EWPs however they are not.



                        These items of plant fall under the AS1418 set of standards for cranes along with other types of plant such as tele handlers, concrete placing booms and some seemingly unrelated items such as tipping trucks. As well as the general requirements from AS1418.1 these items have their own entire standard, AS1418.10. This standard manages the design requirements.

                        As with almost all other machines covered under the AS1418 set of standards the maintenance, operation and inspection regime is covered by a matching standard from the AS2550 set of standards, namely AS2550.10.

                        The requirements of each standard are included in all PA assessments for elevated work platforms. Perhaps the most misquoted requiem not from either of these standards are the inspection requirements. These are contained in AS2550.10. There are 5 inspections documented in the standard, which can be used for EWP inspections.‌

                        1. Pre-operational - inspections that take place before each use.

                        2. Routine inspection - must be completed at intervals not greater than 90 days. This may be extended if the machine has not been used.

                        3. Periodic inspection - must be completed at intervals not greater than 12 months.

                        4. Enhanced periodic inspection - can be carried out after 5 years of service and very year after that until 10 years. These inspections are the same as a periodic inspection but all critical components are inspected as well.

                        5. Major inspection - must be completed at an initial interval not greater than 10 years and then every 5 years.

                        All of these EWP inspections must be documented and readily available.



                        Disclaimer: This information is intended to provide general information on the subject matter. This is not intended as legal or expert advice for your specific situation. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on the content of this information. 

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