We all know that servicing your equipment is an important part of any business. Especially when it comes to working at heights and with large machinery. Having a well-maintained scissor lift will prevent breakdowns and accidents which could result in serious injury.
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
It is important to make sure your scissor lift is maintained and serviced from a safety perspective and there is legislation in place reinforcing the need for this.
This legislation is called Lifting Operations and Lifting Regulations – LOLER. It was put in place on 5thDecember 1998 and requires that any lifting equipment should be inspected by a competent person.
It ensures that any lifting equipment, in this case scissor lifts, are in a suitable condition for use and they will not cause injury. LOLER also requiresthat all lifting operations are properly planned, supervised and undertaken in a safe manner. If you have any lifting equipment at your workplace, you should have an understanding of LOLER.
When should I have my scissor lift examined?
Your lifting equipment needs to be thoroughly examined by a competent person throughout its lifespan and inspections should be carried out regularly between these thorough examinations.
You should have your scissor lift thoroughly examined:
- When it is being used for the first time. A competent person should examine any equipment which has been assembled on site. They will check it has been correctly and safely assembled.
- When it has been moved to a new location. If you had to dismantle and reassemble your scissor lift in a new location it will need to be thoroughly examined before its first use.
- Every six months.
- Regularly if exposed to conditions that cause deterioration, including being out of use for long periods of time and any other major changes to the equipment.
A written report should be produced after every examination. It should state the examination date, the due date of the next examination and any defects found. Much like an MOT for your car.
Who classes as a competent person?
LOLER classes a competent person as someone who has ‘appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined.’
A competent person can either be an in-house employee or hired in. If you are using an in-house employee, you must make sure that they are impartial and don’t carry out the maintenance on the equipment they are assessing. A competent person should not be assessing their own work.
Having the appropriate knowledge means that the person doing the inspection is able to spot any weaknesses or defects in the equipment. If any defects are spotted, they will be able to assess how much the integrity and safety of the equipment is compromised.
It is also important that LOLER inspections should not be a substitute for regular servicing and maintenance of your equipment.
Signs your scissor lift need servicing
Scissor lifts should always be checked over before and after each use. Visually inspecting the lift between any scheduled maintenance will ensure that small issues don’t turn into big problems.
The below points outline how to keep an eye on the condition of your scissor lift. If you notice one of these it is probably time to arrange for your scissor lift to get inspected and serviced properly:
- Unusual noises and vibrations. Your scissor lift is bound to make some noise and vibration but it’s important to know how much is normal. Any odd noises and vibrations could be the result of faulty motors or bits stuck in any of the components.
- Visible damage. Whilst conducting your checks before use, look out for visible damage, particularly on the control switches, control cables, rollers and axles. Welded joints should also be checked carefully. They are known to be one of the weakest points, especially if they haven’t been done well. Finally, check for loose wire connections and hydraulic leaks.
- Abrupt or rough movements. Have you noticed that your scissor lift isn’t running as smoothly asit used to? If it’s a bit jerky as it lifts, lowers and stops there could be an issue with your hydraulics or debris caught in the roller plate. Essential maintenance will need to be carried out if these issues do occur. If they are not rectified, the scissor lift won’t be safe to use.
Scissor lift maintenance should only be carried out by a trained professional. You should never cut corners when it comes to safety. Padgate Services are trained to carry out scissor lift servicing and maintenance. You can be sure that your scissor lift will be LOLER compliant and your staff safety is being prioritised. Get in touch with us today if you have any servicing needs.