FRIDAY SAFETY ADVICE - TOOLBOX TALK 32 - MOBILE PLANT

FRIDAY SAFETY ADVICE - TOOLBOX TALK 32 - MOBILE PLANT

FRIDAY SAFETY ADVICE - TOOLBOX TALK 32 - MOBILE PLANT

OVERVIEW

This talk will cover: The dangers associated with mobile plant and how they can be overcome.

THE DANGERS

  • Certain items of plant, such as dumpers and forklift trucks, are particularly prone to overturning if used unsafely.
  • Groundwork activities account for the greatest number of accidents including mobile plant.
  • Many accidents are caused by plant being used unsafely by untrained, unauthorised operatives.
  • Many people are injured or killed by mobile plant that is reversing without the assistance of a signaller.
  • The very nature of some mobile plant means that the driver has only limited visibility from the driving position.
  • GENERAL PRECAUTIONS FOR DRIVERS

  • Never be tempted to use mobile plant unless you have been properly trained, hold a CPCS card and have been authorised.
  • Operators of mobile plant should carry out daily pre-use checks of their vehicle and report any defects notices.
  • In most cases, it will be necessary for a signaller to assist the driver during reversing. Ideally, sites will be planned so that the need to reverse is kept to a minimum; if so, do not reverse unnecessarily.
  • Obey site speed limits and one-way systems.
  • When parked, ensure the parking brake is on and the wheels are chocked if necessary. Runaway plant causes accidents.
  • If mobile plant is left where children might congregate after working hours, ensure it is immobilised and in a safe state.
  • Use stop-blocks were provided to prevent over-running.
  • Mobile plant should only be refuelled at designated refuelling points by operatives who have been trained to do so.
  • Don’t carry passengers, unless the plant is designed to do so.
  • GENERAL PRECAUATIONS FOR OTHERS

  • On some large sites, the route of mobile plant and private vehicles may cross; make sure you know who has priority.
  • Try to keep well away from operating mobile plant; on well organised sites, mobile plants and pedestrians are segregated.
  • It is your safety at risk from any item of mobile plant when you are doing your job, stop workand report to your supervisor.
  • Be aware of other hazards such as noise, you may need PPE such as ear defenders or plugs because of plant working near you.
  • REMEMBER MOBILE PLANT IS THERE TO HELP YOU, DON’T LET IT HARM YOU.

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