New inspections guidance from IPAF will help keep equipment safe
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has released new technical guidance on major inspections of MEWPs aimed at keeping equipment safe beyond the manufacturer’s design life.
The guidance document outlines a major inspection scheme to validate structural integrity and functionality of critical components of a MEWP. Such a scheme may be undertaken to determine if a machine is within safe design and use criteria beyond the manufacturer’s design life. IPAF proposes that a MEWP should undergo a major inspection within 10 years after having been originally put into service and subsequently every 5 years after that.
“MEWPs are safe by design and constructed to set criteria as defined by national and international standards dependent on which country/continent they are intended to be first put into service,” explained IPAF technical & safety executive Chris Wraith. “The growing demand around the world for second-hand machines and the retention of machines in some rental fleets has led to the use of MEWPs beyond the original design life.
We need to recognise that there are machines in use which:
i) have been in service for 10 years or more, yet may not have reached their design life with regard to usage, and
ii) have reached their design life prior to 10 years because of intensive usage or use in a severe operating environment.
This is where the new guidance comes in.”