One of the key causes of fatalities on construction sites is vehicle and plant movement. Regularly maintaining and checking vehicles on site is essential to a comprehensive safety policy.
See the examples below for how one site addressed this:
- To ensure all large machinery brakes are working the site implemented brake testing on all rubber wheeled plant, including articulated dumpers, site dumpers, rubber wheeled excavators, loading shovels etc.
- The results of the brake test (or braking efficiency) on loading shovels needs to be greater than 28% and on laden dump trucks this needs to be greater than 19%.
- The machine can also be used to test incoming HGVs to ensure their braking systems are effective at point of entry.
- Checking brakes are well-maintained can help ensure plant is safe for employee use, thus preventing serious accidents on and around site. This is particularly important on this site with machinery operating on steep slopes entering and exiting excavations.
Monitor report. Roadbridge. County Longford. June 2018.