Mobile platforms are versatile pieces of equipment, having their uses virtually everywhere where workers are required to reach a high place. Unlike scaffolding, they are suitable for work wherever access to a high place will only be needed for a short period of time. In addition to construction sites and warehouses, mobile platforms of all kinds can also be found, for example, in greenery maintenance work or the installation of billboards.

Since mobile platforms are most often used to transport people at heights, taking care of their regular and correct maintenance is of paramount importance. Since in Poland, mobile platforms are classified as equipment subject to technical supervision to

maintain them, you must have the appropriate entitlements.

Permits for mobile platforms

Permits to work as a mobile platform maintainer can be acquired by completing an appropriate course and passing an examination before a board appointed by the Office of Technical Inspection.

In order to take the mobile platform maintainer course, a few basic requirements must be met:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • At least primary education
  • No medical contraindications to work as a mobile platform maintainer

Anyone who meets these three simple requirements can take a course to become an aerial platform maintainer.

Course flow

The course consists of a theoretical and a practical part. In the theoretical part, the trainees listen to lectures on health and safety and the proper handling of mobile platforms. They also learn about the construction and functioning of mobile platforms. Then, in the practical part, they have the opportunity to practise their newly acquired skills in the maintenance of mobile platforms.

The entire course concludes with an examination before an UDT commission. Just like the training itself, the exam consists of a theoretical and a practical part. In the theoretical part, the trainees write a written exam to confirm their knowledge acquired during the theoretical training. Then, during the practical exam, the trainees must correctly perform a series of operations related to the maintenance and operation of the mobile platforms in front of a jury. Passing both parts of the exam provides the qualification needed to work as a mobile platform technician.

Depending on the level of experience of the trainees, training can last a few hours or even a few days. Permits for mobile platforms are valid for 5 years. This means that after this period, you must pass the UDT exam again with a positive result in order to renew your qualifications.

How often to maintain mobile platforms

Escalators are most often used to transport people to difficult to reach high places. It is therefore important to carry out correct and regular maintenance on them. There are four types of inspection for mobile platforms: periodic, in-service, post-accident and post-failure.

The periodic inspection is the most common standard inspection of the equipment. Here, the maintenance technician checks the condition of both the equipment itself and the technical documentation. In addition, as part of this examination, the maintenance technician should also check the qualifications of the persons working with the platform.

Maintenance testing is mainly carried out when a repair is required. After replacing a part or repairing a module, the maintenance technician carries out a test to check that the mobile platform is operating correctly.

Post-accident and post-failure examinations are carried out when a machine suffers some injury during operation or is part of an accident. Here, the maintainer must assess whether the machine is still fit for use after the accident.