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Here at Sparta Engineering we get asked at least once a month from our clients if they really need to get their scissor lifts and manlifts inspected each year. As a result, we’ve decided to write this helpful blog on the regulations and requirements of manlift/scissorlift inspections.

If you work in an industry with overhead components its likely that your company operates aerial lifts. Aerial lifts include manlifts, scissorlifts and personnel lifts, and it’s important that your company has these pieces of equipment inspected on a frequent basis.

In fact, the CSA has specific standard that cover scissorlift platforms (B354.2-01) and boom type aerial platforms (B354.4-02).

The requirements for inspection set out provisions for daily, periodic, and annual inspections. They also call for structural inspections to be carried out in the following cases:

  1. 10 years after date of manufacture and every 5 years thereafter. This took effect as of January 1, 2003.
  2. After an incident that could affect the structural integrity or stability of the aerial such as electrical contact, shock loads, fall arrest, collision, overloading, or losses of stability.
  3. After a change of ownership, unless a complete history of maintenance and inspection is included with the unit.

It is required that structural inspection is carried out under the direction of a professional engineer and, as part of the inspection, all welds and critical areas are to be inspected by visual and/or nondestructive testing.

Why you should inspect your aerial lifts more than the regulations call for

Your aerial lift is a complex piece of machinery. As a result, regular inspections are required to ensure the safety of your operators. In fact, most manufacturers will recommend that routine inspections should be performed frequently, as well as more in-depth inspections annually.

There are many dangers that come with the use of aerial lifts, and each year there are workers who suffer serious, and even fatal, injuries from the use of aerial lift equipment. Frequent inspections are not only mandatory, they are simply good practice for your business.

How can Sparta Engineering help?

Sparta Engineering can help your company by performing a fully-certified inspection of your manlift or scissorlift equipment. Our professional inspections will find any defects in your company’s aerial lift equipment, including both weld and structural defects.

An inspection will find any weld defects such as missing welds, cracked welds, and other visual defects, as well as structural defects such as dents, twisted members and corrosion. Here at Sparta Engineering we use two main inspection techniques to check your equipment:

Visual Inspection – An inspection will walk around your equipment and use their eyes to find any current or potential issues. It’s vital that weld inspectors have extensive background when performing this inspection technique, as well as specific experience in inspecting aerial lifts. As long as the inspector has in-depth technical experience and knowledge of potential issues this technique should not be undervalued.

Magnetic Particle Inspection – By using a magnet known as a ‘yoke’, an inspector will be able to undertake a nondestructive examination of your aerial lifts. Through this method, inspector are able to find fine cracks that can’t be seen visually. It also helps to confirm any equipment issues that were seen during the visual inspection.

If a defect in your aerial lift ios spotted, Sparta Engineering can either instruct your company on how to fix the piece of equipment or we can instruct an engineer to fix it for you.

Want to learn more about aerial lift inspections and how we can help your company comply with regulations? Simply contact us today and speak to one of your inspection experts.