By Charlie Smart, Service Manager
There’s nothing quite like the dawning of spring: better weather, more time outdoors, and the perfect time of year to get things in order with an annual spring clean.
At Horizon Platforms, March marks the start of one of our busiest periods for the Maintenance Department as this is when we have the largest proportion of our fleet of work at height platforms back in the depot, making it the perfect time of year for a full scale ‘spring clean’. When it comes to work at height, safety is our watchword and a planned and thorough inspection and testing programme is essential to ensure all our powered access platforms are safe to use; without it, serious injury and even death can occur.
What the law says: LOLER inspections
The 1998 Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment (LOLER) Regulations place a duty on the suppliers of work at height equipment, such as Horizon Platforms, to carry out proper and regular checks.
Critically, the law also states that employers should ensure all mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are thoroughly examined, normally once or twice a year, to verify that they can continue to be safely used. This means that if you own your own access platform – rather than hire it from us – the onus is on you to ensure it is properly serviced and tested. We can, of course, help with that.
Access platform repair and maintenance cover from Horizon Platforms
Our Maintenance Department can take care of all your access platform maintenance needs, so if your machine breaks down or it’s time for your six-monthly LOLER test and inspection, simply let us know.
A convenient and cost-effective way to keep your access platform in good working order, safe and serviceable at all times is with a repair and maintenance contract. They come at one fixed yearly cost, helping customers to budget for the repair and maintenance of their hire platforms and include scissor lift servicing and cherry picker repairs.
We also offer a single point of contact within our highly trained Service Team, so it’s quick and easy to make arrangements. You can choose from the following:
Horizon Amber Cover
Our annual agreement includes:
• 2 LOLER inspections comprising a thorough test and examination
• 2 full services, including all necessary consumables
• Certification and documentation
Horizon Green Cover
This fully comprehensive repair and maintenance option is a great choice if you want complete peace of mind that your access platform is in great shape whenever you need to use it. In addition to the protection offered by our Amber policy, you also benefit from free breakdown cover, meaning any scissor lift repairs or cherry picker repairs are carried out promptly, so you can get on with the job in hand.
Take a planned approach to maintenance
A planned maintenance regime will help to ensure that your access platform operates safely and efficiently. To arrange platform maintenance cover or to book your LOLER inspection, call Horizon Platforms on 0330 134 6458, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.horizonplatforms.co.uk/maintenance