Freight lifts - what is it and what can it be used for, and how can we become qualified?
Commodity extract belongs to the group of specialist handling equipment. They are subject to the Transport Technical Supervision. The equipment is used to move both people and loads within a limited range, vertically, horizontally and at an angle. The group of this equipment, includes:
- railway cranes
- Cranes on railway vehicles
- Floating and deck cranes
- Ship lifts
- Jacks for lifting railway vehicles
- Platforms on railway vehicles
- Track-laying pavers
- Broaching machines for moving wagons on the tracks
What is a freight lift?
It is a platform that slides on a ladder-like mast attached to the chassis. It is lowered towards the roof of the building. With this platform, it is easy to transport any building materials to higher levels, which means that instead of having to climb 20 stairs, up and down, to hand a colleague a tool - we can use the goods lift and save time and energy.
All goods lifts are subject to technical supervision, but there is a different form of supervision - simplified - for those devices that lift up to 250 kg but are not designed to move people. These devices do not have to be notified to the Technical Inspection Authority and have tests, but they do have to be provided with maintenance and operators at the highest level.
What is the procedure for new equipment?
- In order for a piece of equipment to be subject to technical supervision, it must be notified to the relevant local branch of the Office of Technical Inspection, in the form of a written application.
- The application should be accompanied by two sets of registration documentation in Polish. The scope of the documentation should be in accordance with the relevant regulations.
Once the documentation has been verified by the inspector of the technical inspection authority, a date and place for the technical inspection is agreed. Registration activities are only carried out when the equipment is brand new. In other cases, an acceptance test is sufficient.
If the result of the test is positive , the UDT inspector issues a special test protocol and a decision which authorises operation.
What is the procedure for pre-registered devices?
- A written application for renewed technical supervision of the equipment must be submitted and addressed to the locally competent branch of the Technical Inspection Authority.
- If the device was previously registered with another branch of the UDT, a photocopy of the last protocol and the last decision must be attached, without the need for two sets of registration documentation.
- Once the documentation has been verified, a date and place for the technical tests is agreed and requirements are given on how to prepare the equipment for inspection in accordance with the conditions required by the UDT.
In the event of a positive test result, the rules are exactly the same as for the registration of new equipment.
Exploitation and types of research:
- Ad hoc inspections - for equipment that has been placed under a form of limited supervision, within the time limits specified for the type of equipment, shall be carried out as part of the supervision of compliance with technical supervision regulations.
- the recommendations of the previous study have been followed
- there is no damage or change in the condition of the equipment that affects its operational safety
- the safety and protection devices are functioning correctly
- warning notices, information and instructions of any kind are provided in an appropriate manner and are clearly legible
- the equipment requires corrective action
- Ad hoc maintenance is carried out when necessary
The study aims to:
- confirmation that a repair or upgrade that has been carried out does not adversely affect safety during operation of the equipment
- Ad hoc post-accident or post-failure - this is carried out when there is a dangerous damage to equipment or an accident. They are carried out to establish what happened and to learn from the situation and put it into practice.
The study aims to:
- determination of the technical condition of the equipment and the causes of the accident or damage
Courses and training?
Yes, yes! You need to have completed a special course to be able to operate freight lifts, But fortunately they are readily available.
The most popular course in this category, would be the freight lift operator course. Such a qualification, which enables you to operate and maintain the equipment, definitely improves your qualifications and increases your chances of finding a job in this field. During such a training course, you can increase your competence in operating stationary, mobile and portable goods lifts and ship lifts.
The training courses are taught by specialists in their field, so that all course participants have the opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge in both the theoretical and practical parts.
The course concludes with a state examination conducted by a special commission appointed by the Office of Technical Inspection. If the examination is passed successfully, the Office issues a personal qualification certificate. With this certificate, we are able to operate and maintain goods hoists without a deadline.