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Assessment and advisory campaign targets mobile and operational plant safety

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s latest campaign will focus on safety around earthmoving equipment and other mobile plant in the construction industry.

Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland Acting Deputy Director-General Dr Simon Blackwood said inspectors would be conducting assessments involving mobile plant on construction sites statewide.

“The campaign, which starts today and runs for two years, assesses the level of compliance in controlling risks from mobile plant and will target worker interaction with mobile plant, operator competence and maintenance” Dr Blackwood said.

“It also seeks to measure the effectiveness of safe work method statements and other control documentation, in controlling high risk activities.

“The campaign includes four types of mobile plant including hoists, elevating work platforms and lifting equipment in addition to earthmoving equipment.

 “Ten per cent (138) of the total number of deaths and permanent injuries that occurred in the Queensland construction industry between January 2010 and September 2012 resulted from incidents involving powered mobile plant —that is four people died and 134 were permanently injured as a result of powered mobile plant.

“Under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, employers have a primary duty of care to ensure that operators of mobile plant have received sufficient training, information, instruction and supervision to operate mobile plant competently and safely.

“A previous WHSQ campaign found a quarter of activities involving worker interaction with mobile plant failed to implement controls that had been identified in safe work method statements or traffic management plans.”

Dr Blackwood said the results of the campaign would determine the nature of any further campaigns.

At today’s industry announcement, hosted by Master Builders Queensland, WHSQ provided owners and operators of mobile plant with assessment tools and the guidance notes that inspectors will be using throughout this campaign.

Master Builders Queensland Director of Construction John Crittall said the industry welcomed the release of information and resources that helped companies manage the risks associated with mobile plant.

“Principal contractors need to know their own obligations and ensure suppliers and operators involved with mobile plant comply with their respective obligations,” Mr Crittall said.

“The audit tools will help the industry know and understand what they have to do.”

For more information about this campaign and to download the assessment tools and guidance material, visit http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/law/interventions/construction/mobile-operational-plant/index.htm

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Last reviewed
9 May 2013
Last updated
5 November 2015

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