For safe mobile plant operators and operations – all those who use equipment need to be trained and competent for their role. In the UK there are a few recognised competence schemes that provide training programmes and assessment.
All mobile plant operators should be familiar with the machine they are due to operate, as there can be differences in controls, layout and the way the machinery works between manufacturers.
The health of operators is also important. Those who use mobile plant need to have the appropriate level of fitness to operate equipment.
To ensure operations remain as safe as possible – employers and site managers should put measures such as effective supervision, communication and entry procedures in place.
And rescue plans should also be in place in the event of an accident occurring on site, to ensure workers can be evacuated as safely as possible.