New Release Mobile Plant Safe Work Method Statements

Manage The Risks of Mobile Plant in the Workplace


Mobile Plant: The Risks

The presence of powered mobile plant in workplaces presents a range of hazards that have the potential to cause harm to people or damage property. Potential risks associated with working with mobile plant include:

  • Injury from overturning plant
  • Plant operators being hit by falling objects
  • Fall hazards while entering or exiting plant cabins
  • Collision or contact with workers, pedestrians, overhead powerlines, underground services or other vehicles
  • Mechanical or other failures
  • Exposure to excessive noise and vibration

In Australia, plant is a major contributor to incidents in the workplace, with over 200 plant-related fatalities each year. A ‘Work-related traumatic injury fatalities, Australia 2013’ report released by Safe Work Australia revealed that the fatality rate amongst those who operate equipment or machinery was nearly five times the national rate in 2013. The same report also showed that a third of all workers killed were machinery drivers or operators, with 62 fatalities in 2013.

New 2016 Release Safe Work Method Statements for Mobile Plant

Persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) are required under work health and safety legislation to ensure that risks to health and safety are reduced or eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable. The development of safe work method statements (SWMS) can assist in ensuring the safety of operators, those working the vicinity of the plant and the public.

Safe Work Method Statements to assist your business:

Each SWMS has been released with the following new inclusions:

  • Mobile plant pre-start checklist
  • Plant roll-over emergency response section

Useful Resources:
Forklift safety: Reducing the risks
Mobile Plant – WorkSafe Queensland

Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2013

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