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14.2.6.3 Ventilation. Check the machinery area to see that adequate ventilation by natural or
mechanical means has been provided to ensure safe and normal operation of the levellator.
Check local codes to see that machine ventilation is in compliance.
14.2.6.4 Fire Extinguisher. Check the machinery area for fire extinguisher, proper class,
mounting, and maintenance record tag. They should be properly mounted and maintained.
14.2.7 Machinery Area Access
Check that a permanent, safe, and convenient means of access to machinery spaces has been
provided and maintained. Check stairways and ladders to see that they are stable and secure.
Also check to see that the access is not infringed on by building changes. Public safety may be
directly dependent on rescue personnel getting to the manlift levellator equipment in a hurry.
Access door should be self-closing, self-locking and maintained in the closed position. In
addition, Navy policy is that the machinery spaces are considered to be controlled access areas to
be secured by lock and key or combination locks.
14.2.8 Lift Platform
14.2.8.1 General Safety Precautions. If there is an adjacent lift or lifts, be careful to remain
within the limits of the operating space of the lift being inspected. Be alert to actions and
activities of personnel operating lifts that may be located adjacent to the lift you are inspecting.
14.2.8.2 Platform Structure. Determine that the lift yokes, drive-in saddles, and rail structures
are structurally sound and are securely fastened. Distorted or straightened members, blistered
paint, exuded rust from between members or around bolts or rivets, and oil bubbles on members
may all be clues to a cracked or fractured member. Where examination reveals the possibility of
a fracture, a complete check should be made. Report any evidence of alterations or additions to
the platforms or yokes that have materially changed the structural integrity.
14.2.9 Covers And Guards
The inspector should check to see that all covers and guards are in place. They are provided
to prevent accidental contact with moving devices or exposed electrical components. This
protection is not being provided if the cover or guard is not properly mounted in place. Curb
angles and throw over plates should be in place (as applicable), be undamaged and fully
operational.
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