Safety Alert - Excavator Safety

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Excavators, backhoes and other digging plant can lead to serious workplace accidents that can result in equipment and property damage, serious injury or even death.  In the 10 years spanning 2003 to 2012, 25 workers have died from injuries involving this equipment (safe work Australia).  In 2012, excavators were also responsible for the deaths of 3 pedestrians (safe work Australia).  While self-propelled plant serves the important purpose of easily moving soil or rock on a site, they pose a wide variety of hazards including ground collapse, water inrush, falls, hazardous manual tasks, airborne contaminants, buried contaminants, and underground services.  It’s important to ensure that each self-propelled plant operator has been trained and is considered competent.  Non-operator workers present in areas with self-propelled plant traffic should also be familiar with working safely around these vehicles. (more…)

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