Statutory inspections for all safety equipment
The owner of a power plant or electrical equipment is always responsible for safe operation of their property. Different safety systems require periodical inspections. Equipment to inspect are e.g. ladders, fire extinguishers, evacuation devices and anchor points.
In addition to official certificates and trainings our inspectors have extensive experience in installing, maintaining and using various safety systems. This gives us advantage in focusing our attention to the most important issues during our inspection.
Subjects of Statutory Inspections
Basically in wind turbines there are two types of equipment, which require regular inspections by a competent person: safety equipment and electrical equipment. Let’s focus on the safety equipment in this text.
A typical wind turbine includes the following safety equipment:
- Ladder with fall protection system
- Service lift
- Maintenance crane
- Anchorage points
- Fire extinguisher
- Evacuation device
- Personal protection equipment, if placed in the turbine
All of these require either training, certification or experience for the person/company performing the inspections.
For example, the equipment for lifting personnel in the turbine is a quite tricky. It is not officially a lift, but a part of the turbine. Therefore it does not require any certification for the inspector, just the needed experience. Also the evacuation device can be inspected according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
There are courses giving needed qualifications for inspecting ladder and anchorage points. Maintenance crane and fire extinguishers are the most complicated ones. If the crane lifts over 500 kilos, an official certification valid in Finland is needed for the inspector.
Fire extinguisher inspections also require certification. It should be noted that certifications must be valid in Finland, not e.g. in Germany. Valid certifications in Finland are defined in government decree VNa 403/2008.
Wind Controller has been working with these issues for years and we’ve built our expertise by performing all these inspections professionally. During the last year or so, we have done over 100 inspections. In case you want more information or an offer for an inspection, please feel free to contact us.