Ensuring you access and egress plant safely

Risk Matters - Autumn 2021

Local governments regularly use plant and equipment in their day to day operations.

It is necessary in providing services to your community – whether through road maintenance, working in parks and garden, workshops and depots, or in libraries and leisure centres.

Using plant and equipment brings with it risk, and if not properly managed can lead to serious injuries.

To minimise the risks associated with plant and equipment, you can follow these simple and practical steps:

  • Follow maintenance schedules for each item
  • Undertake pre-start checks before you use the equipment
  • Ensure operators have been trained and are competent to use the equipment
  • Develop safe work procedures to ensure the equipment is used correctly
  • Ensure you are using the right equipment for the right job
  • If the equipment is damaged, ensure it is taken out of use until it is repaired

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Plant access and egress

Since 2019, there have been 140 claims relating to plant access and egress Scheme wide – one of which included a finger amputation. 

To combat errors when accessing and egressing, and protect local government workers from risk of injury when performing this task, LGIS regional risk coordinator Chris Gilmour worked with members in the Great Eastern Wheatbelt region to implement procedures for the many different types of plant utilised by local governments.

The safe work procedures include:

  • Do’s and don’ts for access and egress
  • Personal Protective Equipment required
  • Potential hazards
  • Images of the plant
  • Employee and manager signature to declare the procedure has been read

Since implementation, injuries have reduced significantly, and cost along with them.

For more information on the safe work procedures on plant access and egress, please contact the LGIS risk and governance team on 9483 8865 or your regional risk coordinator.

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