Construction Safety Week: Plant and machinery Fails – and how to avoid them!

Construction Safety Week runs this week, October 23 rd – 27 th, and each day Ayrton is bringing
you tips, information and advice across various sectors of the construction industry. You can
read more about Construction Safety Week here.

Today, we bring you a collection of Plant and Machinery FAILS. One or two may seem
humorous, and give you a bit of a chuckle, some will make your jaw hit the floor, and you might
think "this would never happen to me"…. but it is important to know what has caused these, and how to avoid them!

According to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), on all construction sites on which
transport vehicles, earth-moving or materials-handling machinery or locomotives are used, the
project supervisor for the construction stage shall ensure that –
(a) safe and suitable access ways are provided for them
(b) traffic and pedestrian routes are so organised and controlled

Among the issues to be taken into account are:
Size of site
Location of site
Number of vehicles on site
Access and egress from site
Pedestrian routes on site
Number of workers on site
Work activities i.e. proximity of excavations to vehicle access routes
Other site specific issues
For more detail on the above, and to speak with an expert on plant, machinery and site safety
training, contact Ayrton today.