RAPEX: Vehicle scissor lift - serious risk

Friday, 29 May 2020 08:01 RAPEX
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Report No 22 published on 29 May 2020, alert number A12/00804/20

Description: mobile vehicle hydraulic scissor lift for up to 2800 kg

Risks: the vehicle scissor lift has a number of design defects that could cause damage to the operator or people in its vicinity:

- the safety lock and safety closure might fail causing the transport device to fail

- no protection of the hoses and against hydraulic fluid splashes

- the pressure gauge and the pressure relief valve did not work properly; this could lead to excessive pressure in the lift's hydraulic system, causing high pressure hydraulic fluid leaks

- the carrying arms, carrying device and the vehicle plate are not sufficiently locked; as a result, they may move inadvertently

- there is no limitation of the lowering speed; this could cause the lift to descend rapidly.

The product does not comply with the requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and harmonised standard EN 1493.

Action adopted: the measures adopted consist in recalling the product from end users (Finland).



Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Annex I

General principles

  1. The manufacturer of machinery or his authorised representative must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in order to determine the health and safety requirements which apply to the machinery. The machinery must then be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment.

By the iterative process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to above, the manufacturer or his authorised representative shall:

  • determine the limits of the machinery, which include the intended use and any reasonably foreseeable misuse thereof,
  • identify the hazards that can be generated by the machinery and the associated hazardous situations,
  • estimate the risks, taking into account the severity of the possible injury or damage to health and the probability of its occurrence,
  • evaluate the risks, with a view to determining whether risk reduction is required, in accordance with the objective of this Directive,
  • eliminate the hazards or reduce the risks associated with these hazards by application of protective measures, in the order of priority established in section 1.1.2(b).
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