VIC: Note on using earthmoving equipment as crane

WorkSafe has released a guidance note on earthmoving equipment being used as a crane.

It serves to inform employers and contractors on the safe use of earthmoving equipment to lift and transport freely suspended loads.

WorkSafe recognises equipment such as excavators, backhoes and front-end loaders are used to perform work in a similar manner to a mobile crane.

While it proscribes the practice in some applications, the secondary use of earthmoving equipment can be practiced if the proper safeguards and safety procedures are in place.

Among the topics discussed by the guidance note includes the selection of the proper earthmoving equipment, the safework systems required, and operator training and competency.

For more information, please visit the WorkSafe website.

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