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TRB Transportation Research E-Circular E-C013

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deficiencies found, and any corrective action accomplished, including the date and the identity and signature of the person(s) performing any required repairs.

QUALIFICATION OF ANNUAL INSPECTION PROVIDER: IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

Goal of Inspection

If the right inspection firm is employed and a complete inspection performed, and the inspection report is concise, the report will be an important tool in properly maintaining the aerial equipment. Remember that the safety of the people who operate the equipment is the most important aspect of the inspection.

Qualification of Inspectors

Has the inspector been trained on your make and model of aerial equipment? Will the inspector know how the safety system is designed to operate?

Resources

Will the inspector have the resources necessary in order to properly rate the serviceability of your aerial equipment? Access to design information such as electrical and hydraulic schematics is important.

Operational Testing

Many testing firms can perform a structural inspection; however, their personnel may not understand how to operate the equipment and may not be capable of diagnosing operational problems.

Summary

The safety of the personnel who operate aerial equipment depends on proper safety inspections. Thorough inspections have important side benefits: they protect our investment.

Daily Inspection Form

The following pages contain a daily inspection checklist for Aspen Aerials or Reach All Underbridge Units.

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