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FAQ

The law’s and health and safety standards are changing on an ongoing basis so here is a sample of some of the questions we are frequently asked. If you have any questions you need answered please ask.

 

What is a cherrypicker?

Are there other common names for a cherrypicker?

Do I need a harness to operate a cherrypicker?

Does the harness need inspecting?

Do I need an operator’s ticket to operate a lift?

Can I carry out repairs to a lift or refit it?

Does my van need a D.O.E or M.O.T test?

 

A cherry picker is a type of aerial work platform that consists of a platform or bucket at the end of a hydraulic lifting system. It is often mounted on the back of a large vehicle such as a truck, van, tracked dumper, 4×4 vehicle or on a stand alone vehicle or a self moving platform.

 

Are there other common names for a cherrypicker?

Often cherrypickers may be referred to as aerial platforms, powered access equipment, mounted lifts, boom lifts, man lifts, MEWP (mobile elevated working platform) or a man hoist.

 

Do I need a harness to operate a cherrypicker?

Yes, a full body harness on a lanyard with shock absorber is best.

 

Does the harness need inspecting?

Yes, every six months.

 

Do I need an operator’s ticket to operate a lift?

Yes, you need a ticket for the following classes:

Trailer mounted lifts Vehicle mounted lifts (van and truck)

Scissors lifts (electric and diesel)

Boom lifts (electric and diesel)

 

Can I carry out repairs to a lift or refit it?

Repairs and refitting should only be done by persons who can certify the work and provide documentation detailing the work carried out. Switches and valves should never be bypassed on a lift if it is on the lift when it is built new. It should always be on it and working properly.

 

Does my van need a D.O.E or M.O.T test?

Yes, in Republic of Ireland and U.K. vehicles under 3500kg require a light commercial vehicle test and vehicles over 3500kg require a heavy commercial vehicle test. These vehicles are classed as mobile machines or special vehicles for Road Tax purposes (€288 p.a.) approximately. Vehicles manufactured from 2002 weighing over 3500kg must have the following:

Speed limiter fitted

Tachograph fitted and calibrated every two years

Side and rear markings

 

Can I carry out repairs to a lift or refit it?

Repairs and refitting should only be done by persons who can certify the work and provide documentation detailing the work carried out. Switches and valves should never be bypassed on a lift if it is on the lift when it is built new. It should always be on it and working properly.

 

Does my van need a D.O.E or M.O.T test?

Yes, in Republic of Ireland and U.K. vehicles under 3500kg require a light commercial vehicle test and vehicles over 3500kg require a heavy commercial vehicle test. These vehicles are classed as mobile machines or special vehicles for Road Tax purposes (€288 p.a.) approximately. Vehicles manufactured from 2002 weighing over 3500kg must have the following:

Speed limiter fitted

Tachograph fitted and calibrated every two years

Side and rear markings

 

 

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