Often overlooked by some strata properties, one of the most important things for the body corporate to do is ensure that the any lifts on the premises have been registered with WorkCover.
Many strata owners mistakenly believe that the lift service provider registers the lift, when in fact the responsibility for registration falls upon the building’s owners and the registration must be renewed annually.
It is important to remember that lift service providers only provide services to maintain lifts, they do not own the lift or any equipment.
To assist bodies corporate in compliancy we have put together a guide for ensuring your lift is registered properly with WorkCover.
Body Corporate Responsibilities for Lifts
- Ensure that the lift is registered, maintained and is safe to for both users and workers.
- Have public liability insurance in place.
- Keep compulsory legal records including:
- Proof of original design approval (Design Registration Certificate)
- Proof the original installation was inspected and deemed safe (Safe to Operate Certificate)
- Plant Registration Certificate
- Service Provider’s “Adequate Maintenance Certificate”
If your building is managed by Stratacare the registration of your lift with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will already be taken care of by our office and renewed yearly by us for your convenience. Additionally, first time lift registrations for new buildings are managed by our Development Consultancy team.
If you have any questions about your building’s lift registration with WorkCover please do hesitate to contact us and your Body Corporate Manager will be happy to address any of your queries.
First Time Lift Registration
- Head to the WorkCover website at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au and type “plant registration” into the search box.
- On this page click on the second option titled “Apply to register plant or renew registration”.
- Fill out the form with the relevant information about your lift equipment and the address where the lift is located.
- If there are multiple lifts, each lift needs to be individually registered.
- First time lift registration for new schemes can be managed by our Development Consultancy team.
Renewing Lift Registration
Note: Lifts need to be registered on an annual basis.
- First, go to the WorkCover website at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au and type “renewal of plant registration” into the search box.
- Once you are there, click on the first option titled “Apply to register plant or renew registration”.
- Then click on the link titled “Online Renewal Application form”
- Enter your owner number, serial number, and customer reference number. These three numbers can be found on the Renewal Notice that will be sent to you prior to registration expiration.
- Plant renewal must be completed prior to January 31 each year.
Failure to Register
A body corporate must comply with the duties imposed by the WHS Act and WHS Regulations regarding the operation or use of ‘high risk plant’ (lift), affecting public safety, even if the plant is not situated, operated or used at a workplace or for use in carrying out work.
WHS duties include the:
- management of risks for high risk plant and dangerous goods
- registration, maintenance and inspection of the high-risk plant and dangerous goods.
High risk plant’ includes (but is not limited to the following):
- air-conditioning units
- cooling towers
- liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders.
Failure to register your building’s lift could have serious consequences for the body corporate in the event of an accident or injury which the owners will be liable for not the lift service provider.
If you have any questions about your bodies corporate and lift registration with WorkCover please do hesitate to contact our office and we will be happy to address any of your queries.