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Day 2: Plant & Machinery

24th October – Working with Plant & Machinery

Some Highlights from Day Two

Baz and Nancy: Working with Machinery

Best Practice for Working with Plant & Machinery

After falls, the most common reason for fatal or serious accidents in the construction industry are incidents with mobile plant and equipment. 

Advice for all mobile plant and vehicles

  • Segregate vehicles from pedestrians
  • Train staff to use the machines competently
  • Make sure that the machines are regularly inspected, serviced and maintained.

Plant Considerations on Site

  • Excavators: Consider exclusion, clearance, visibility, and the need for a signaller
  • Telescopic Handlers: Consider visibility (forward and rear), loading, ground conditions and speed
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs): Consider confined overhead working, ground conditions, outriggers, guardrails, arresting falls, falling objects, weather, handling materials and nearby hazards
  • Dumper Trucks:  Consider overturning and collision