An average of 5,000 serious injuries and 40 fatalities occur every year on UK construction sites.

Excavators are involved in many accidents. They commonly occur when excavators slew around, reverse and move around site. To prevent such accidents:
• Excavators should be equipped with adequate visibility aids to ensure drivers can see areas where people may be at risk from the operation of the machine;
• People should be kept away from the areas of excavator operation by the provision of suitable barriers;
• A signaller should be provided and in a safe position to direct the excavator’s operation and any pedestrian movements;
• A clearance of over 0.5 m needs to be maintained between any part of the machine, particularly the ballast weight, and the nearest obstruction.
• An effective maintenance regime should be introduced to identify potential defects and prevent use of faulty equipment

A programme of daily visual checks, regular inspections and servicing schedules should be established and drivers should be encouraged to report defects or problems. Reported problems should be put right quickly and the excavator taken out of service if the item is safety critical. Daily checks ensure that problems are discovered quickly, before they become major issues.

Preventative maintenance of excavators will help prevent break downs and lost valuable work time that could have been avoided. A Good to Go Safety checklist enables daily checks to be completed and recorded before displaying the findings in the status tag for all to see. This essential checklist can be used in conjunction with the excavator manufacturer’s manual. Helps compliance with PUWER, LOLER, CDM, & HSE legislation and best practice.

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