NSW: safety warning re use of earthmoving equipment near excavations

WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder to operators of earthmoving equipment to ensure they follow adequate safety precautions when working near excavation sites.

The warning follows a serious injury to a labourer last month, after he was trapped when the skid steer excavator a workmate was operating rolled over into a trench where he was working.

Employers and those who operate earthmoving equipment should ensure:

* a competent person assesses the stability of the excavation at appropriate intervals, taking into consideration the activities around the excavation and the type and weight of the mobile plant used;
* appropriately qualified person designs and supervises the construction of suitable shoring, benching or battering;
* that emergency procedures are developed and maintained in case of an excavation collapse

We welcome your feedback

Hi there! We want to make this site as good as it can for you, the user. Please tell us what you would like to do differently and we will do our best to accommodate!

Protected by FormShield

We've updated our Privacy Statement, before you continue. please read our new Privacy Statement and familiarise yourself with the terms.