‘Work equipment’ can cover almost any equipment used by a worker at work, including machines such as circular saws and drilling machines, hand tools such as screwdrivers and knives, lifting equipment like lifting slings, and other equipment such as ladders and water pressure cleaners. Office equipment is also included in the definition.
Safe operation of plant requires competence; a combination of training and experience. The unsafe use of plant can lead to injuries to the user and others.
Ensure that the work equipment you provide meets the requirements of (PUWER) and is:
Eliminate risks where possible or control them by:
Train, instruct and inform for each piece of equipment.
Where mobile work equipment is used for carrying people, check it is suitable for this purpose. Measures should be taken to reduce the risks (eg from rolling over).
A maintenance engineer slipped and caught his hand in machinery whilst attempting to steady himself. He put his hand on the rack and pinion gearing of a machine and the pinion rolled over it. His right index finger had to be amputated. The company was fined £40,000 plus £13,000 costs for contravening PUWER relating to the dangerous parts of machinery, and Regulation 3(1)(a) of MHSW for not having adequate risk assessments in place.
Manufacturing company Hanson Packed Products Ltd was prosecuted after a 26 year old worker was fatally crushed when his arm was caught in a powered roller. There should have been fixed guards around the roller but they were missing. The company was fined £750,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,511.
By James Murphy
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