Generally, any equipment which is used by an employee at work is covered, for example hammers, knives, ladders, drilling machines, power presses, circular saws, photocopiers, lifting equipment (including lifts), dumper trucks and motor vehicles. Similarly, if you allow employees to provide their own equipment then it will also be covered by PUWER and you will need to make sure it complies.
Working with machinery can be dangerous because moving machinery can cause
injuries in many ways:
- People can be hit and injured by moving parts of machinery or ejected material. Parts of the body can also be drawn into or trapped between rollers, belts and pulley drives.
- Sharp edges can cause cuts and severing injuries, sharp-pointed parts can stab or puncture the skin, and rough surface parts can cause friction or abrasion.
- People can be crushed both between parts moving together or towards a fixed part of the machine, wall or other object, and two parts moving past one another can cause shearing.
- Parts of the machine, materials and emissions (such as steam or water) can be hot or cold enough to cause burns or scalds and electricity can cause electrical shock and burns.
- Injuries can also occur due to machinery becoming unreliable and developing faults due to poor or no maintenance or when machines are used improperly through inexperience or lack of training.
Why is maintenance of plant and equipment important?
Additional hazards can occur when plant and equipment becomes unreliable and develops faults. Maintenance allows these faults to be diagnosed early, to manage any risks. However, maintenance needs to be correctly planned and carried out. Unsafe maintenance has caused many fatalities and serious injuries either during the maintenance or to those using badly maintained or wrongly maintained/repaired equipment. An effective maintenance programme will make plant and equipment more reliable. Fewer breakdowns will mean less dangerous contact with machinery is required, as well as having the cost benefits of better productivity and efficiency. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 require work equipment and plant to be maintained so that it remains safe and that the maintenance operation is carried out safely.
Establishing a planned maintenance programme may be a useful step towards reducing risk, as well as having a reporting procedure for workers who may notice problems while working on machinery.
Some items of plant and equipment may have safety-critical features where deterioration would cause a risk. You must have arrangements in place to make sure the necessary inspections take place.
Whilst it is possible to carry out daily vehicle checks and PMI’s on paper it is difficult to manage and cumbersome. The CheckedSafe solution solves this problem. The system allows real time reporting of defects, immediate notifications, end to end audit trail and a trend analysis for all the fleet. The CheckedSafe App is simple to use for drivers of any IT ability and once the check is synchronised to the back office, our comprehensive system allows the Transport manager or Fleet Manager to utilise that data to manage their fleet effectively and efficiently.
- DVSA, HSE and Border Force as well as LOLER, PUWER and ADR compliant
- Quick and effective driver walk around, Pre-Use or first user checks.
- Customised Checks tailored to your requirements.
- All reported data available in real time.
- Data CANNOT be manipulated.
- Full audit trail with user interaction at each stage.
- Legally defensible position