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Industry moves to reduce accidents from unintended machine movement

New plant safety guidelines published

In response to a series of accidents and near-misses, the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) , in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), has produced these new guidelines under the title of ‘Reducing Unintended Movement of Plant – Managing Exposure to Consequential Risks’.

Unintended machine movement can occur from flicking the wrong switch, or accidentally knocking a lever; and the result can all too sadly lead to serious or even fatal injuries.

The new safety guidelines:

So this new publication provides those using or taking out construction equipment hire with clear guidance on how to prevent unintended movement of vehicles.  It includes case studies of actual incidents, exploring their causes and how they might have been prevented.

All plant types are covered in the new guidelines, except mobile elevating powered access platforms, for which a separate publication from the Plant Safety Group has already been produced, specifically to address crushing issues.

Kevin Minton, director of the Construction Plant-hire Association, said: “If construction plant moves unexpectedly, then anyone close to it is at risk of being seriously injured or killed. This new publication gives guidance on a range of control measures to prevent this happening. Drivers, people working near plant, supervisors and contractors all have a part to play.

We urge all those in the construction sector and those involved with the operation of plant and machinery to implement the many recommendations in order to maintain safe plant activities.”

Mr Plant Hire spearheads safety

Enfield-based Mr Plant Hire has a long established reputation for promoting safe plant hire and is one of the leading providers of safety training for plant operators.

Mr Plant Hire has been an IPAF member since 1997, supplying IPAF training to the highest standards. We can train PAV, 1B, 3A, 3B for scissor lifts, boom lifts (cherry pickers), static and mobile MEWPS and Safety Harness courses. Locations include, North London or North Wales Training Schools, or if more convenient, on your site premises.

They also run regular PASMA training courses to promote the safe use of mobile access towers including the PASMA Towers for Users and Low Level Access (Combined) course.

Call Mr Plant Hire now on 0844 55 55 551 for more information, or click here to for latest course availability.

The new publication ‘Reducing Unintended Movement of Plant – Managing Exposure to Consequential Risks’ can be downloaded at


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