Building Maintenance Units and Cradle Maintenance
Building Maintenance Units and Cradle Maintenance?
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‘A duty holder is defined in BS 6037 as a ‘designated person’ with management responsibility for the safe use, maintenance and thorough examination of Suspended Access Equipment/Building Maintenance Units, and the person or people that will be held to account in the event of an incident related to that specific equipment’
Here at Heightsafe Systems, we work closely with Building Owners and Managers, and aim to provide you with a seamless PPM (Planned Preventative Maintenance) schedule for your Building Maintenance Units, Cradles and Gantries, and we are focused on maintaining and raising standards for the UK access industry.
These structures are of the safest and most cost-effective method of accessing high rise buildings and structures, and can be utilised for general building fabric works, cladding, painting, window cleaning, and building fabric surveys and inspections.
We can offer you:
- Planned Maintenance
- Testing & Certification
- Repairs & Remedial Works
- Abseil Anchor post installation & testing
- Davit systems installations & testing
Tall or difficult access buildings often present problems when external access is required, varying from height to restricted working areas for scaffold. Whatever the access issue is here at Heightsafe we have the solution.
Our fully trained FDQ Level 3 Advanced PUWER Inspectors are at hand to service, certify, maintain and repair your building maintenance unit or abseiling equipment. Ideally you will have a planned preventative maintenance schedule in place to alleviate costly failures before they occur.
Our bespoke 24/7 accessible portal will not only alert you to when your next service visit is due in plenty of time to prevent certification becoming out of date, but it stores, and allows instant access to critical service records, images and any recommendations following our scheduled visits.
BS 6037 – Part 2:2004 relating to travelling ladders and BS 6037-Part1:2003 relating to Suspended Access equipment, together with LOLER 1998 (Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations) stipulate:
- Inspection & Testing at three monthly intervals
- Extensive inspection and thorough examinations at six monthly intervals
- Load Testing Annually
Under LOLER, lifting beams are considered as lifting accessories and must be examined at least every 6 months, in accordance with and examination scheme (refer to LEEA 032 for guidance) or after exceptional circumstances. The examinations should include the following:
- Checked for clear identification number.
- Checked for clear making of SWL
- Checked main body of beam is free from distortion, corrosion, cracks, gouges, or wear.
- Checked all welded connections are free from cracking or corrosion.
- Checked that any bolted connections are free from corrosion and cracking and that all are secure using the correct bolts.
- Checked that any shackles fitted are free from distortion, nicks, gouges or wear.
- Checked that all shackle pins are captivated preferably with a nut and pin arrangement. Note: this list is not exhaustive, different configurations may require additional checks.
Checks need to be carried out for wear and tear, corrosion and correct reliable operation of your Building Maintenance Units, only then should the equipment be used, and can be deemed fit for use. Equipment falling under this legislation includes, but not limited to the below:
- Travelling ladders
- Cradle Maintenance
- SAE – Suspended Access Equipment
- Abseil tracks
- Demountable parts
- Track supports that may be connected to the building structure
- Perimeter Tracks & Monorail Systems
It is critical that BSI Code of Practice is followed and adhered to, ensuring peace of mind that your equipment is ready to operate for planned maintenance visits, and in the case of emergencies.
A Qualified PUWER Inspection also has a responsibility for pre-use checks including the below:
- Availability of specific unit documentation and Operation & Maintenance manuals
- Correct PPE usage
- Equipment log and ID plates must match your asset
- Latest inspection and load test certificates must be available, complying with LOLER
- Adverse weather conditions must be factored in to inspections
- Deployment of an anemometer, wind speeds should not exceed 7m per second ie 15mph
- Demarcation of working area below
- Adherence to SWL (Safe Working loads, which are usually visible on ID plates)
- Access and exit points fully defined and identified
- Securing of unit following use, to its designated parking position and isolation of power
- Online RAMS, visible to Client, and instant job sign off, with before and after images
Heightsafe operatives will arrive on site as a minimum two-man team, are fully rescue trained, and carry two way radios, and where appropriate a banksman will accompany our team, to further enhance what is the most important aspect of our work ‘Safety above all else’.
For simple advice, demonstration of our bespoke portal, or to obtain a quotation please contact our team on 0203 819 7199. We can offer site surveys where appropriate, and can provide reference to current and published EN standards.