Safe Movement of Excavators

Safety procedures must be implemented and well communicated to the workforce.

Below is an example of how a site achieved this relating to the safe movement of excavators:

  • Safety procedures require that when a pedestrian enters an excavation exclusion area (defined by a fence around the area being worked on by the excavator), the driver is required to put the bucket on the ground and turn off the ignition. However with the technology of new excavators, this is not possible due to the cooling time required for the turbo fan and filter regeneration;
  • To overcome this, a device which is linked to the excavators’ computers activates a light on the machine indicating it is still ‘live’;
  • The light only extinguishes when either the ignition key is removed (after the required shut down period) or if the machine engine is restarted;
  • While the light is flashing the machine is live and dangerous – the machine looks like it is shut down and the ignition key removed, but the flashing light confirms it is not.

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Monitor Report, Balfour Beatty, Tyne and Wear, August 2015

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