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Access lift inspections

On construction sites, tyres on self propelled scissor and boom lifts can get pretty badly hacked up.

Staff from equipment certifier Access Specialties are contracted to check elevating working platforms (and other industrial and horticultural access equipment) every six months to maintain certificates of compliance.
Director Clint Norgrove says that when staff find a problem they like to remove the wheel and bring back a replacement.

But owners may elect to replace tyres themselves, and may or may not follow through. There is no control as a safety certificate of compliance is recommended rather than compulsory yet fines for fatal injury resulting from noncompliance with safety codes are approaching $500,000.

Access Specialties staff (who include certified welders, a fitter turner, an auto electrician and a university-trained engineer) have certificates of proficiency to perform checks through the recently-established, Government-backed Certification Board for Inspection Personnel (CBIP).

Clint says experience has taught them to rely on Eastwood for tyres when they have permission to replace.

“With Eastwoods, we say ‘this is what we’ve got’ and ‘how quick can you do it?’ You can’t beat [Eastwoods] for service, time and cooperation.”

“People can’t afford to have machines sitting on axles for three days,” Clint Norgrove says.