Maintenance of plant and machinery is in itself vital to construction site safety. Machinery, plant and equipment involved in the construction process like any other experience wear and tear and therefore require regular and routine maintenance and occasional repair. Unfortunately during these “routine” tasks accidents can occur which threaten worker’s health and safety.
There are certain safety tips to keep in mind to ensure that during the maintenance process safety is not compromised and risks are not created by the maintenance itself.
- Workers should be given responsibilities which they are clearly aware of and trained to undertake. They need to understand their responsibilities as far as it relates to machine maintenance.
- Employers should develop procedures for the maintenance and inspection of the plant and machinery, use the manufacturers recommendations to do this.
- Similarly to any hazardous activity, a risk assessment should be carried out to determine the hazards present at each stage of the maintenance process.
- Training and information should be provided to those workers undertaking the maintenance work.
- Workers should be supervised while performing these maintenance tasks.
- A work scheduling system should be implemented which provides information on when the inspection or maintenance is due for each item of plant on the register and outstanding inspection and maintenance. It should also provide information on who is responsible for carrying out the inspection and maintenance work andspecify the type of inspection or maintenance required.