Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power has released new engineering inspections data which found 16% of inspected escalators and moving walkways had a defect which could pose a potential risk to life.
The new data revealed that of the items inspected by Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power, most likely to have a defect that may present a risk to safety are:
- Escalators & Moving Walkways (16%)
- Passenger / Goods Lifts (15%)
- Fork Lift Trucks (7%) / Telescopic Handlers (7%)
While it is encouraging that the overall number of defects being identified in plant and equipment that require immediate rectification remains below 2% this figure still represents over 50,000 items.
Allianz Engineering Construction & Power says the importance of inspections cannot be ignored and must be raised with customers.
Glyn Amphlett, chief engineer for Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power, commented: “Our inspections data demonstrates that there are certain everyday items, such as escalators and passenger lifts which are used daily by the public, where we still are seeing a high percentage of serious defects.
“Just one of these defects could lead to a serious injury or even loss of life for those using the equipment. There is also the potential of major financial or reputational repercussions for the business involved.”
Glyn added: “Brokers can help their clients by stressing the importance of regular maintenance and inspection regimes to help minimise the risk of accidents.”
Notes to editors:
- Data was gathered by Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power in 2018, from inspections carried out every 6 -12 months. Escalators, Moving Walks and Lift inspections are carried at 6 month periodicity. Forklift Trucks and Telescopic handlers are inspected either annually or every six months depending on their use.
- For further information about the importance of engineering inspections from Allianz Engineering, Construction & Power please visit: https://www.allianzebroker.co.uk/news-and-insight/news/safety-first-importance-of-engineering-inspection-and-maintenance.html
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