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October 11, 2017

CPA hosts dumper forum

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 11:32 am

The latest construction industry forum on forward tipping dumpers took place recently, jointly hosted by the CPA and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association in Solihull.

Following a number of serious incidents involving such machines, the forum followed meetings held last October 2016 hosted by CPA and the Health & Safety Executive, and in January. A number of working groups were subsequently set up, and this most recent forum was held to bring all parties back together, take stock of developments and seek ways of defining measures the industry could adopt.

The two main risks include tackling overturning and improving stability, and to address the risk of individuals being struck by the machines by improving visibility and providing warnings. At the forum it was agreed that a total of seven principles will be used as the basis of an Action Plan, relating to full vision, stability, training, competence, spoil heaps, exclusion and equipment selection.

The CPA has already produced a safe-use guidance document, aimed principally at operators for refresher training purposes, and it was agreed at the forum that an operational Good Practice Guide on Forward Tipping Dumpers would be produced through the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, administered by CPA.

Other topics discussed included the use of seatbelts and enforcement issues, and the design and strength of cabs which will allow an operator to stay seated when being loaded.

Kevin Minton, Director of the CPA commented: “Through the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, the CPA will be producing a Good Practice Guide on Forward Tipping Dumpers which will be available as a free download on the CPA website and will be used to support and complement other publications, such as the HSE HSG 144 document regarding the safe use of vehicles on construction sites.”

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