Like any piece of heavy equipment, there are rules and regulations that affect the operation and maintenance of aerial work platforms as well.
The regulations set forth by the American National Standards Institute require an annual inspection of your platform every year. The inspection must be performed by a qualified technician who has been specifically trained on that exact unit. The platform must be taken out of service until such time as it is certified safe to operate.
Annual inspections must include the following platform components:
- Drive, lift and emergency controls
- Safety accessories, horn, parking brake
- Batteries and charger
- Limiting switches
- Chains, hoses and belts
- Structural components
- Warning and control markings
- Emergency lowering controls
In this inspection, the technician is looking for overall operation and safety of the unit itself. He/she is checking for worn and compromised belts and hoses.