Industry Wide Support for Mobile Plant Compliance
Mar. 18 2019
The UK has seen an aggressive level of growth in the use of Mobile Plant equipment over recent years. According to the Construction Index, research has found that the UK Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP) rental market has grown by an impressive 4%. This growth has led to our clients facing inevitable compliance challenges, stemming from contractors hiring the assets and being able to transport them around the UK.
To help overcome these challenges, Bureau Veritas has a dedicated Mobile Plant Unit, to deliver on-hire inspections helping clients to meet the logistical challenges of meeting statutory obligations for Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP), lifting and crane equipment when hired out to contractors.
Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 (1999 in Northern Ireland), users of work equipment have a responsibility to ensure that the plant or asset is safe to use. This covers all work equipment and any activity involving the equipment – including starting, stopping, programming, setting, transporting, repairing, modifying, maintaining, servicing and cleaning.
The regulations state that regular inspections must be carried out by a competent person and documented. In some cases there are additional regulations too, such as the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 (1999 in Northern Ireland), which covers all work equipment for lifting and lowering loads.
Meeting statutory obligations for mobile plant and equipment can be a logistical nightmare - and that’s if users are even aware of their obligations. Many mistakenly believe it is the sole duty of the hire company to undertake PUWER and LOLER inspections but it is the user who must ensure that thorough examinations and inspections are carried out in line with the regulations.
The Bureau Veritas UK Mobile Plant Unit, which has been in place for a number of years now, is an integral part of our industry-recognised statutory division. It enables us to meet the demands of our clients across a wide range of sectors, including Construction, Insurance, Aerospace, Automotive and Facilities Management, to name a few.
Shaezar Karim, Director for the Statutory Inspection division for Bureau Veritas UK, comments: “Organisations that face difficulties in overcoming the logistical challenges of mobile equipment inspections and therefore meeting their obligations, are at risk of costly fines. Through our dedicated Mobile Plant Unit, we are able to work closely with our clients to ensure that the location of an asset does not affect their compliance.”
To find out more about our services for Mobile Plant, call the experienced Bureau Veritas team on 0345 600 1828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.