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INDUSTRY FORUM CONSIDERS DUMPER HAZARDS

CPA and CECA plan new guidance on Forward Tipping Dumpers

Over 60 clients, contractors, plant manufacturers, federations, regulatory bodies, plant hirers and owners attended the latest construction industry forum on Forward Tipping Dumpers, jointly hosted by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), at Nuthurst Grange in Solihull, West Midlands.

The initiative follows a number of serious incidents involving Forward Tipping Dumpers and the setting up of working groups to identify solutions to reduce and alleviate future incidents. This most recent industry forum brought together all parties to take stock of subsequent developments.

Kevin Minton, Director of the CPA, and Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of CECA, co-hosted the forum and outlined that the ultimate priority is to avoid accidents happening involving Forward Tipping Dumpers.

The forum considered key hazards involving forward tipping dumpers including:

  • Stability – tackling overturning and improving stability of Forward Tipping Dumpers; and
  • Visibility – addressing the risk of individuals being struck by the machines by improving visibility and warnings.

At the forum it was agreed that a total of seven principles will be used as the basis of an Action Plan to take forward, relating to full vision, stability, training, competence, spoil heaps, exclusion and equipment selection.

Good Practice Guide planned

The CPA has already produced a safe-use guidance document, aimed principally at operators for refresher training purposes, and it was agreed at the forum that an operational Good Practice Guide on Forward Tipping Dumpers would be produced through the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, administered by CPA.

Kevin Minton, Director of the CPA commented:

“Accidents and incidents involving Forward Tipping Dumpers are caused in a number of different ways and we need a range of solutions to ensure the operator is safe and the general public is safe. Through the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, the CPA will be producing a Good Practice Guide on Forward Tipping Dumpers which will be available as a free download on the CPA website and will be used to support and compliment other publications such as the HSE HSG144 Guidance regarding the Safe use of vehicles on construction sites.”

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of CECA said:

“We have made a tremendous amount of progress in a short space of time and have strong support from across the industry to work together to enhance the safety of Forward Tipping Dumpers.

 

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