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Date PostedOctober 28, 2012

Plant and Machinery Maintenance

Plant and machinery maintenance is an important part of safety on a construction site. It is not as simple as just using plant and machinery indefinitely,it takes preparation, organisation and attention to safety.  In order to ensure workers are safe when working with plant and machinery, they need to be in good condition.

Some of the aspects to consider when conducting plant and machinery maintenance are:

  • Workers should be allocated responsibilities regarding how to maintain and properly use plant and equipment and they should be trained on how to effectively manage these responsibilities.
  • Those in charge of the site must ensure that an up to date register is kept that requires a preventative maintenance program rather than only attending to machinery when a problem occurs.
  • Pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions, Australian standards and environmental conditions.
  • Develop procedures for reporting faults or defects and make sure workers know what these are.
  • Training and information should be provided to people undertaking the maintenance work. They should also be supervised while performing these duties.
  • An effective system for confirming that the plant is safe to operate before returning it to use after being cleaned, inspected, serviced or repaired is also important.
  • The overall system should be regularly monitored and adapted to improve the system. Employers should also review when the plant or components of the plant are going to reach their service life and have them replaced.

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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