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Everything You Need to Know About Scissor Lift Maintenance

Regular inspection and maintenance of your EWP equipment is a statutory requirement to ensure the machine is safe to operate as well as being essential to maintaining the longevity of your machine.

The scissor lift maintenance checklist includes:

Pre-start inspection

The pre-start inspection is conducted by a qualified operator at the beginning of the day or before usage to ensure the machine is functioning correctly. This check identifies if there is any wear and tear, parts that are damaged, missing, or broken, if there are any hazards, and whether the equipment overall is safe to operate.

Both operational and structural components of the machinery must be checked, which is referenced in the machine’s factory-issued manual. If you notice damaged or warped parts within your machine, tag it and do not use the lift until it has been fully repaired and cleared for usage.

A pre-start inspection must be coupled with regular scissor lift maintenance by a heavy equipment specialist mechanic like SuperService™.

90 day and annual inspection

These inspections are a statutory requirement that must occur every 90 days (three months) and annually (twelve months) by a qualified technician. However, depending on the frequency of usage and the severity of working conditions, your machine could need to be inspected more regularly.

This inspection includes a written report that is provided following the inspection with any points of action that need to be undertaken or parts that must be replaced or repaired before next usage.

All inspections, services, identified faults and repairs must be logged in the machine’s EWP maintenance booklet.

The scissor lift inspection must be completed by a person who does not normally operate the EWPs.

Major inspection

Major inspections are conducted at 10 years then every 5 years afterwards.

These major inspections entail a thorough pre strip down test and report, complete strip down, crack testing of critical components, pins and bushes, repairs, and replacement of damaged or non-functional items. Once reassembly is complete, the machine is assessed and calibrated to OEM standards, and recertified with a detailed report and new compliance plate. A qualified and competent person must complete this work and our team of heavy equipment specialists are up to the task.


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