BMU Cradle Inspection

Everything you need to know about BMUs

There are a lot of frequently asked questions about BMUs and the testing and inspection requirements. We’ll go over some of the most asked queries and our responses.

What is a BMU?

Building maintenance units (BMUs) are a type of permanent mechanical access equipment which is either operated:

  • Manually

  • Automatically

  • By remote control

Where are BMUs installed?

A BMU is often installed on the building’s roof level and can be positioned in a:

  • Static location

  • Fixed-standing track

  • Free-standing track

What is a BMU generally used for?

From the main unit, a telescopic jib suspends a cradle or basket over the edge of the building that can be lowered or raised allowing access to all of the building’s façade for:

  • General maintenance

  • Window cleaning

  • Façade panel replacement

What are the Regulations for BMUs?

The duty holder of a building has legal responsibility for ensuring that suspended access equipment under their care is:

  • Safe and fit for the purpose for which it was intended

  • Properly maintained and examined

  • Used by competent and adequately trained operatives

How often should BMUs be tested and inspected?

The testing and inspection of suspended access equipment is laid down under BS 6037-Part 1-2003 which states a quarterly regime as follows:

Month 1 - Annual load test and inspection

Month 2 - Thorough inspection

Month 3 - General inspection

Month 4 - General inspection

Supplementary tasks are in addition to the statutory examinations and should include certain safety-critical components. These are generally carried out at intervals of ten years.

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Eurosafe Solutions can help duty holders meet their legal obligations by providing a full testing and inspection solution individually tailored to minimise downtime and maximise the productivity of the cradle system.

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Wayne Reid

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