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NEW CPA GUIDANCE ON FORWARD TIPPING DUMPERS

Industry aims to help prevent overturns and collision with workers

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has released new operational safety guidance entitled: Staying Safe When Operating Forward Tipping Dumpers, which is principally aimed at operators for refresher training purposes.

The publication has been released following a number of recent serious incidents involving forward tipping dumpers, including overturning and individuals being struck by dumpers.

The latest industry forum meeting hosted by the CPA and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) in September 2017 agreed that a seven principles would be used as a basis of an Action Plan relating to effective vision; machine stability; training and information; competence; traveling on spoil heaps; exclusion zones; and equipment selection.

Supplements HSE guide

The new CPA guidance is divided into three sections.

  • ‘Stay Safe By’ – list of actions for operators;
  • Supporting underpinning knowledge – providing the ‘hows and whys’ of each action, and is designed to provide assistance for Toolbox Talks and one-to-one familiarisation activities;and
  • Managers and supervisors assistance – in terms of planning and supervision requirements.

The publication also includes a case study to aid learning, based on an observed event, and outlines the causes and consequences of the activity and how it can be prevented.

The free of charge downloadable CPA-produced publication has been designed to support a number of existing safe operational guidance publications from the HSE including HSG 144 Safe Use of Vehicles Construction Sites.

Colin Wood, Chief Executive of the CPA said:

“The issue around dumper safety has become a major topic for our members as well as the industry in general. Because of this, we are co-leading the forum along with CECA and as part of our commitment, we pressed ahead to devise this operator-based safety guidance.

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