Lorry loaders are complex machines with electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems that require the manufacturer’s preventative maintenance instructions to be strictly complied with, if safety is to be maintained in use. Checks and inspections should be carried out taking account of the frequency of use of the lorry loader and the environmental conditions in which it regularly works. If the operator is considered to be competent, they may be authorised to carry out routine pre-use checks and intermediate inspections.
Daily pre-use checks should be completed at the beginning of each shift or working day before work commences and/or when taking over the machine for the first time. A record of the daily check should be kept and a defect reporting system should be in place so that any defects are rectified promptly.
A programme of pre-use checks, regular inspections and servicing schedules should be established in accordance with the manufacturers instructions and the risks associated with using a loadercrane. Operators should be encouraged to report defects or problems. Reported problems should be put right quickly, with the lorry loader crane or associated attachment(s) taken out of service if safety critical.
Each kit contains 50 individual (weekly) checklists relating to components and structural checks to be completed before the lorry loader crane is used. Duplicate carbon copies of the completed checklists are retained in the book for management records. The book also includes useful guidance notes to remind operatives what to look for during their inspection of the loader crane
Weekly Inspection Kit includes:
• 1 x Status Tags to attach to the equipment and show its status.
• 2 x Safety Check Books provide 50 individual checklists, allowing one to be completed each week and the findings displayed inside the status tag. Additional books can be ordered as and when required.
• 1x Check Book Wallet & Pen, to store the current book and provide a suitable writing surface when completing checklists.
• 100 x Tamper Evident Seals, which can be used to deter and identify unauthorised access to the status tag.