Excavator Safety

Every year on UK construction sites an average of 5,000 injuries and 40 fatalities occur.

Excavators are involved in many accidents. They commonly occur when excavators sling around, reverse or move around the construction site. To prevent such accidents:
• Excavators should be equipped with adequate visibility aids to ensure drivers can see in blind spot areas where people may be at risk from the operation of the machine;
• Employees and visitors should be kept away from 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 excavator safety inspection checklist maintenance regime should be introduced to identify potential defects and prevent use of faulty excavators

A programme of daily visual excavator safety inspection checklist checks and servicing schedules should be established. Excavator drivers should be encouraged to report defects or problems that are found using the good to go safety excavator safety inspection checklist programme. Reported problems should be put right quickly and the faulty excavator taken out of service if the item is safety critical. Daily excavator safety inspections check ensure that problems are discovered quickly, before they become major issues which could cause a serious accident.

Preventative maintenance of excavators will help prevent break downs and lost valuable work time that could have been avoided. A Good to Go Safety excavator safety inspection checklist enables daily excavator safety inspection check to be completed and recorded before displaying the findings in the status tag for all to see. This essential excavator safety inspections 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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