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    NEW SITE DUMPER SAFETY GUIDANCE ISSUED

    Construction plant sector concerns prompts CPA consults on draft

    A number of serious incidents involving forward tipping dumpers e.g. overturns and individuals being struck, has prompted production of a Good Practice Guide through the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) led by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA).

    The draft document is now available to be downloaded for public comment thereby providing an opportunity for comments on the content before the document is formally launched. The closing date for comments is set for Friday 11th January 2019.

    The SFPSG Dumper Development Group was formed to start work on the Good Practice Guide in early 2018.

    Dumper not necessarily the first choice

    Members of the group include plant hirers and owners, clients, contractors, users, manufacturers, importers and 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 has now been assimilated into a single document. The guidance includes topics such as:

    • Operational Factors;
    • Management and Supervision Requirements;
    • Training and Information;
    • Segregation/Exclusion Zones;
    • Dumper Specifications;
    • Machine Selection and Compatibility; and
    • Ground Conditions.

    A central message messages is that the use of a dumper should not be an automatic choice. The correct identification of the most appropriate machine should be the first step followed by effective planning, supervision and the use of competent people if dumpers are to be used safely.

    Loading whilst seated

    The use of dumpers fitted with a cab is becoming common and the guidance outlines some of the issues and considerations that need to be made in terms of allowing an operator to remain seated during the loading process.

    One section highlights the causes and consequences of accidents, based on case studies derived from publicly-available safety alerts and those investigated by the HSE.

    All comments received will be reviewed by the group with the amendments and additions made accordingly. This should allow the final release of the document by Easter 2019.

     

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