Loading lifts commonly referred to as mobile loading platforms. Special platforms are mounted to the chassis of trucks. They are usually used to lift loads during loading and unloading of delivery trucks and sometimes to transport people. They are equipped with a hydraulic drive and are subject to technical supervision.
In order to be legally permitted to use loading platforms, they must first be registered with the local UDT (Office of Technical Inspection) and the operator should have a positive decision on the operation of the device. In order to obtain a permit to use loading platforms, the operator applies for an acceptance test. During the acceptance inspection, the UDT inspector performs a comprehensive survey of the documentation and the technical condition of the loading platform. He checks completeness and correctness of the documentation, technical condition of the device and accuracy of its marking, as well as verifies consistency of the lift equipment with the equipment stated in the documents. During the inspection a comprehensive acceptance test of the operator is also checked. During this inspection the inspector verifies exactly the installed lift on the truck chassis and carries out its operation under load. During the acceptance test, equivalent or overload tests are also carried out. In case of a positive test, a decision is issued by the UTB inspector and maintainer for a period of 3 years. In addition, during the operation the user is obliged to keep a log of maintenance and inspections. Bearing in mind mobile platforms Loading machines with a maximum lifting capacity of 250 kg that are used for passenger transport are subject to a simplified form of technical supervision. This means that the equipment in question does not require testing and notification to the OTI. However, in order to ensure proper maintenance, the person who undertakes this activity must have the appropriate authorisations.
Types of technical inspection for loader lifts
Apart from the acceptance test, the equipment in question is subject to occasional inspection, post-accident, post-failure and operational tests. These tests are carried out in the presence of the operator or a person authorised by him, an UDT inspector and a maintenance person. The operator is obliged to ensure proper conditions for the inspector to perform the relevant activities.
An ad hoc inspection shall be carried out during the operation of loading facilities subject to a limited form of technical supervision. Its purpose is to check whether the operator has implemented the recommendations of the previous test and whether there are any current devices or changes which could affect the safety of the user. During the test, the marking of the loading lift shall also be verified.
The ad hoc operation test verifies that the retrofitting, removal and reassembly as well as the repair of the loading lift have been carried out correctly and do not affect the safety of the user.
Emergency and post-accident surveys are carried out after a breakdown, an accident or damage to the loading lift. Its purpose is to determine the cause and indicate the technical condition as well as recommendations for repairing the loading lift. The test is carried out upon request of the operator. I have finished
Consequences in the absence of up-to-date tests
The companies manufacturing the platforms in question make the duration of the guarantee conditional on compliance with the maintenance date and operating instructions. Lack of such operation may later result in the inspector's refusal to test the device again. Lack of current UDT inspections has many consequences:
- Penalty fine .
- High legal consequences in the event of an accident involving a person.
- No road insurance indemnity available on road traffic collision.
- Inability to carry out the registration of a car on which there is a device, among other things, registration or diagnostic tests of the vehicle.