Chapter 29: Physical Hazards: Mobile Plant

Chapter 29: Physical Hazards: Mobile Plant

Abstract

Mobile plant is used in many Australian workplaces. The use of mobile plant has inherently high risk and every year is associated with a significant number of workplace fatalities and injuries. This chapter describes types of mobile plant commonly used in workplaces, the advantages and disadvantages of its use and the associated risk factors. An overview of the current legislative approach to regulating mobile plant is provided together with a review of the strategies for controlling hazards associated with mobile plant. A case study demonstrates the role of the generalist Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) professional in managing mobile-plant-related safety.

Keywords: mobile plant, hazard, risk, injury, legislation, control

First year of publication: 2012

Current Version Pending Review: 2019

Chapter 29: Physical Hazards: Mobile Plant

Table of contents

1 Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
2 Historical context …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
3 Extent of the problem ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
4 Understanding mobile plant ………………………………………………………………………………. 3
4.1 Types of mobile plant ………………………………………………………………………………… 3
4.2 Advantages and disadvantages of using mobile plant …………………………………….. 4
4.3 Risk factors and injuries associated with use of mobile plant ………………………….. 5
4.4 Risk assessment ………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
5 Legislation and standards ………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
6 Control of hazards associated with use of mobile plant …………………………………………. 8
6.1 Elimination ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8
6.2 Substitution ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8
6.3 Engineering controls ………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
6.4 Administrative controls ………………………………………………………………………………. 9
6.5 Personal protective equipment …………………………………………………………………… 11
7 Implications for OHS practice………………………………………………………………………….. 11
8 Summary ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12
Key authors and thinkers ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
References …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 13
Appendix 1: Australian Standards applicable to mobile plant …………………………………….. 14

Gloria Kyriacou Morosinotto BASc(OHS), GCTTL, CertIVWAT, FSIA
Director, Contract Safety Solutions

Gloria has eleven years experience as an OHS professional in the construction, manufacturing, transport and hire industries. For the past nine years, she has managed her own OHS consultancy and lectured in OHS at RMIT University. Gloria is the Champion of the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) Building and Construction Special Interest Group, and Chief Organiser of the SIA OHS Construction Forum.

Peer reviewer
Dr Tim Horberry PhD, MSc, MErgSc, BA(Hons), MIRHF
Principal Research Fellow (Human Factors), Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, University of Queensland

Learning Outcomes: Physical Hazards: Mobile Plant

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