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    NEW SITE DUMPER GUIDANCE PUBLISHED

    Good practice guide for safe use of dumpers now available

    The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) has now made available a Good Practice Guide for the Safe Use of Dumpers to tackle site dumper incidents involving vehicle overturns and individuals being struck by dumpers.

    The SFPSG is chaired by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and the guidance comes from an industry forum involving HSE and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). A seven-point strategy was devised and the safe use guidance document forms an integral part of that strategy.

    The guidance is designed to help those involved with planning and carrying out dumper activities achieve a better awareness of the particular risks involved and the measures that can be put in place to mitigate those risks.

    It focuses on forward tipping dumpers, commonly used to transport earths and materials, negotiating variable ground and terrain and discharging loads into excavations or on spoil heaps. These activities have led to incidents resulting in serious injuries and deaths to either the dumper operator or those near to the machine.

    Hard copies of the guidance will be available on CPA stand CE4 at Plantworx 2019 and electronic copies can be downloaded from the CPA website.

    Single comprehensive document

    The working group formed in 2018 included representatives from plant hirers, owners, clients, contractors, users, manufacturers and importers, card schemes and the HSE. Four sub-groups were formed to focus on specific subject areas including exclusion/segregation, ground conditions, operation and training.

    The content produced by each of the four working groups was assimilated into a single comprehensive document covering:

    • Planning the use of dumpers;
    • Selection of, types and limitations of dumpers;
    • Management and supervision requirements;
    • Stability, loading, driving and discharging;
    • Training and information;
    • Segregation/exclusion zones;
    • Ground conditions; and
    • Maintenance and inspections.

    Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the CPA said:

    “Using dumpers safely depends on a number of factors. If any of these factors are deficient, the risk of a serious accident increases significantly and it is therefore essential that all of those involved need to ensure that dumper operations are properly planned, managed, supervised and carried out safely by competent people.

    Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of The Civil Engineering Contractors Association said:

    “CECA, along with the CPA and HSE, took the initiative to tackle the increasing number of dumper incidents. We urge all clients, manufacturers, owners and users of dumpers to read the guidance and put the contents and recommendations into practice.”

    Peter Brown, Chair of the Plant Safety Group added:

    “I’d like to thank the members of the group and the Editor, CPA Consultant Tim Watson, for providing their time, expertise and commitment in producing this important document. The group recognises that with developments on issues such as cab design still underway, appropriate reviews will need to be regularly undertaken to update the guidance where changes in technology and operational practices occur.”

     

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