"to promote and support best and safe practices in the use and maintenance of Elevating Work Platforms"

Major Inspections

According to the Worksafe Best practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms, an Elevating Work Platform (EWP) requires a major examination:

  • After 10 years service and, thereafter every five years
  • If 'imported used', prior to entering service in New Zealand

The major examination entails inspection in accordance with the requirements of section 6.4.5 of AS 2550.10 Cranes Safe Use Part 10: Elevating work platforms or equivalent. The thorough examination should include the disassembly and removal of paint, grease, corrosion from critical components to allow a complete and thorough inspection, the detailed visual inspection and tolerance checking of all wear components, and non-destructive testing of all critical areas for evidence of cracking, fatigue and excessive stress.

It should be noted that, although a later version of AS 2550.10 exists, this has not yet been supeceded in a revised ACOP. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event of any conflict of requirements the more stringent of the two standards should be employed.

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