Mechanised heavy machinery of any type by its very nature will always pose a significant risk to life and property, if not actively managed. Mobile heavy machinery, because it is not fixed permanently in one position, creates an additional set of hazards. In the hands of a capable and experienced operator the risks of people being struck or run over are negligible, but the situation is very different if the operator is untrained.
Duty of Care Explained
As the PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) with management and control of the plant in Queensland, Dee Gees Bobcats has a duty of care to make sure that our operators are competent, properly trained and supervised, and use our equipment appropriately to minimise any risks to the health and safety of others and themselves.
We must also continue to provide relevant information and instruction, for example when there have been changes to legislation or to the operating instructions of any of our pieces of equipment. The results of accident investigations are also a valuable resource where many lessons can be learnt, and where they apply to our operations we are required to update our personnel.
Common Hazards Documented in Safe Work Procedures
Safe work procedures have been used effectively by our industry for many years, and these document common hazards and the control measures needed to reduce or eliminate their effect. This information is readily available to businesses like ours and we take every opportunity to use these measures and to increase the skills of our operators.
The ongoing repair and maintenance of heavy equipment is also an important part of managing the risks created by its operation. Our excavators and bobcats, for example, need to be regularly serviced and moving parts checked for wear. Poorly maintained equipment is often the root cause of accidents or “near misses”, and having a regular maintenance schedule is a proven way of greatly reducing this risk.
Codes of Practice Provide Practical Guidance
We also refer to the Codes of Practice issued by governing bodies that provide practical guidance to PCBUs like ours in all aspects of risk management. Consulting with our personnel is also a key part of managing risks. As the people operating our equipment, they know the job better than anyone so their input is essential.
Sound Risk Management Reduces the Likelihood of Injury
There have been many deaths and injuries caused by poorly operated or maintained heavy machinery in Australian workplaces. Thankfully, they have greatly reduced in number over the past thirty years or so through the vigilant application of laws and risk management techniques.
When you hire equipment and operators from us, you can be assured of a professional approach to every part of the project, including risk management and safety.