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Product notices/Safety Alerts

From time to time the ECA is notified of product or safety issues which the sector should be aware of.  

Alerts may come from the HSE, manufacturers, or ECA members etc., and they are designed to notify stakeholders of potential operational harm or danger. The list is based solely on bona fide alerts submitted to the ECA. As such it is not intended to be a fully comprehensive library of safety alerts that may affect our sector.

Please send us your safety alerts…

If you have generated, seen, or been advised of, a genuine safety alert that may be of relevance to ECA members or the wider sector, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing Paul Reeve, Director of Business Services (paul.reeve@eca.co.uk

Current alerts

Feb 2014 - Failure of Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)

Following a failure of Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) in 2013, the HSE issued the following alert:

The purpose of this safety alert is to advise owners and users of steps to be taken to control risks associated with the Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) following preliminary findings for a machine overturn. More information may follow in due course.

The emerging findings from the HSE investigations indicate that the operational stability of a Genie Z135/70 MEWP may be compromised by the incorrect measurement of the boom angle sensors.
 
Background

In order to prevent the Z135/70 model machine operating outside its stability limits, the onboard control system monitors the elevation of the secondary boom to prevent it from telescoping outwards until its elevation is sufficient, as required by the manufacturer (greater than or equal to 75.5°).

The MEWP’s onboard control system relies on the correct setting of the elevation of each boom to maintain the effective operational stability of the machine.

Genie, the manufacturer issued a Safety Notice on 29th July 2013, which required the immediate removal of all Z135/70 MEWP’s from service until the listed inspections therein had been performed.

Action required

The manufacturer’s safety notice should be followed. Any machines for which the required calibration checks have not been completed should be removed from service. Following the completion of checks, the machines should continue to be inspected, serviced and maintained as per the manufacturer’s requirements.

Work regarding the manufacturer’s safety notice should only be carried out in accordance with the recommendations in the machine service manual i.e. on firm level ground, with suitable environmental conditions etc.

Prior to any functional checks being undertaken by an operator using the platform controls, as part of the manufacturer’s listed inspections, calibration of the angle sensors should be confirmed from ground level using an inclinometer. The use of test weights might also be appropriate.

Relevant legal provisions

- Ss.2 & 3 of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Regulations 5, 6 and 20 of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Further information

Terez Genie website

Manufacturer Press statement issued 6th February 2014

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