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A national solution for on-hire statutory inspections

Feb. 25 2021

Hiring mobile plant such as Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP), lifting and crane equipment offers a range of benefits for contractors, but it also poses challenges over compliance.

The construction equipment rental market is forecast to grow by 11% by 2023, with lifting and access equipment second only to earth moving equipment in volume of hire sales. And with many firms understandably nervous about making capital investments during the pandemic, this growth is set to continue.

With contractors hiring assets more frequently – and in some cases transporting them to sites around the UK – it can be a challenge to meet statutory compliance obligations. However, it is the responsibility of the dutyholder to ensure that thorough examinations and inspections are carried out in line with the regulations.

Bureau Veritas offers a solution with our dedicated Mobile Plant Unit, delivering on-hire inspections on sites across the UK to help meet the logistical challenges of meeting obligations for MEWP, lifting and crane equipment when hired out to contractors.

Know the regulations

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.

Gary Keenan Chief Mechanical Engineer at Bureau Veritas UK, said: “Many contractors mistakenly believe it is the sole duty of the hire company to undertake PUWER and LOLER inspections but it is the user who has a responsibility to 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, 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.

“We work closely with clients to ensure that the location of an asset does not affect their compliance, helping to meet obligations and reduce the risk of costly fines for non-compliance.”

Want to know more?

To find out more about our services for Mobile Plant, call the experienced Bureau Veritas team on 0345 600 1828 or email info@uk.bureauveritas.com.