Bureau Veritas has launched a mobile plant unit to deliver on-hire inspections for all mobile plants and assets.

The mobile plant unit has been created in response to the issue of regulations for mobile assets, specifically; Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) inspections, which are required of all mobile plant and assets including mobile platforms, lifting and crane equipment, excavators and bulldozers.

The new unit, part of the industry-recognised Bureau Veritas engineering division, has an expert team of qualified engineer surveyors, able to undertake thorough examinations and inspections of equipment as the competent person, to ascertain it is safe to use and to enable clients to meet their statutory obligations – wherever that equipment is located.

Shaezar Karim, divisional director for Mechanical at Bureau Veritas, said: “Our new mobile plant unit allows us to provide a much-needed solution to a problem faced by contractors across the country. For mobile assets, which are often hired out to contractors and moved around the UK, meeting these statutory obligations can be a challenge.

“In some cases, people are unaware of their obligations, mistakenly believing it is the sole duty of the hire company to undertake PUWER and LOLER inspections. However, it is also, the responsibility of the user to make sure that the periodic thorough examinations and inspections are undertaken at the correct frequencies as laid down in regulations. Crucially, our dedicated mobile plant unit understands the issues faced when working with mobile plant, and our experienced engineers are able to react when assets change location.”

In addition to the launch of the mobile plant unit, Bureau Veritas offers tools and systems to support clients, which means they can react accordingly.

Developed in-house by Bureau Veritas’ team of experts, Swift, is a web-based portal which gives clients 24/7 access to their inspection records, visit reports and equipment lists – with instant access to inspection reports. Together with MAIA (Mobile Application for Inspectors and Auditors), Bureau Veritas’ bespoke touch-screen mobile tablet technology, clients can receive immediate reports with photographs and all associated documentation, across full plant schedules and multiple sites – as soon as the completed work instruction is submitted.

Shaezar added: “Swift and MAIA deliver cost savings through efficiency, meaning our clients can take action as soon as a problem is reported to reduce the risk (and length) of potential downtime. And best of all, it is free to all Bureau Veritas engineering inspection clients.”