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Elevating Work Platforms

We are experts at certification and Compliance inspections of Elevating Work Platforms (EWPs).

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Elevated work platforms (EWPs), such as scissor lifts and boom lifts, are crucial machinery that necessitate regular testing to ensure safety. It is imperative that all EWPs undergo a biannual inspection and a comprehensive examination at the 10-year mark, followed by subsequent assessments every five years, all conducted by a qualified individual. These inspections guarantee that the machine complies with relevant standards and operates in a safe manner.

Furthermore, it is essential to conduct periodic re-testing of all insulated equipment used in industries such as electrical, mining, industrial, and commercial sectors, adhering to appropriate international standards. This encompasses a range of equipment, including gloves, guards, operating sticks, mats, tree trimming equipment, jumpers, and portable earths. The purpose of these re-tests is to ensure that the equipment remains in proper working order and meets the necessary safety requirements for continued use.

The Elevating Work Platform Association of New Zealand (EWPA) wishes to bring to your attention the Department of Labour’s recently published a statement clarifying your legal obligations for safe use of Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) in your workplace.

The Department’s statement reiterates that employers (HSE Act, section 6) and those who sell, hire out, or otherwise supply EWPs (HSE Act, section 18A) have a clear duty to take all practicable steps to ensure that the EWPs are designed, made and maintained so that they are safe for any known or likely use.

The Department also makes it clear that duty holders cannot simply rely on a certificate that an EWP is acceptable for use in NZ, or has received the required major examinations, six-monthly inspections and daily checks in accordance with the Best Practice Guidelines (BPG). This means that duty holders must satisfy themselves that persons carrying out inspections are competent.