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Plant Safety Information Sheet 2 gives HSE-endorsed guidance on Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)Maintenance and Safety checks.

This guide includes a list of daily checks, instructions on defect reporting and a fault prioritisation system.

The purpose of this guide is to ensure that all mobile elevating work equipment operated within operations are maintained in a safe condition. Maintenance and safety checks are to be made before the machine is used. Local rules will be set by business area.

This guide must be used for all owned, hired or leased mobile elevating work equipment. The guide shall be stored in safe place and be available at all times for inspection. If the guide is lost or damaged, report it immediately to your supervisor/manager.

  1. Enter the vehicle make and type and plant number at the top of each sheet used.

  2. All items must be meaningfully addressed with the appropriate box receiving a (9) if in order, a cross (X) is requiring attention or a zero (0) if not applicable. The defects box requires a yes or no entering.

  3. The operator shall initial the sheet for each shift operated.

  4. At the end of each week, the sheet shall be signed by the operator and the supervisor/manager. The top white sheet is then removed and filed for future reference.

  5. When the book is full, it shall be handed back to the supervisor/manager and replaced with a new one.

Defect Reporting

  1. All defects shall be recorded in the defects section at the back of the book and be reported to the supervisor/manager IMMEDIATELY.

  2. Where a defect is likely to affect the safe operation of the machine, e.g. missing pins, defective warning systems, broken handrails, the defect sheet must be completed and the book handed back to the supervisor/manager immediately.

  3. Where the supervisor/manager deems the machine is safe to continue working, they shall make a note of the reason on both copies of the defect sheet before acknowledging receipt and removing the top copy from the book.

  4. Where a defect sheet is received by the supervisor/manager, it shall be given a job reference number (top right hand box).