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The importance of Vehicle inspection and maintenance

Construction vehicles work in harsh environments and require effective maintenance regimes to keep them safely ‘on the road’ and ‘fit for purpose’. This is why reputable plant hire companies, like Mr Plant Hire, provide information with all plant and equipment supplied to ensure it is used and maintained safely.

Our contractual arrangements with  Mr Plant Hire users set out who is responsible for maintenance and inspection during the hire period and we always make these clear to all parties.

The above measures conform to current Health and Safety Executive guidelines which set out the importance of construction vehicle inspection and maintenance.  In addition to the above stipulations, specific to plant hire operators, they also highlight the following key action points for vehicle inspection and maintenance that all users of construction equipment need to take on board:

HS&E key guidelines

  1. A programme of daily visual checks, regular inspections and servicing schedules should be established according to the manufacturer’s instructions and the risks associated with the use of each vehicle.
  2. Vehicles should have a maintenance log to help manage and record vehicle maintenance operations.
  3. Employers should establish procedures designed to encourage drivers to report defects or problems, and ensure that problems with vehicles are put right.

Recommended Planned inspection and maintenance Parts checks

Planned inspection and maintenance checks and work need to follow manufacturer’s instructions and include, where appropriate:

4.1 braking systems

4.2 seat belts

4.3 tyres, including condition and pressures

4.4 steering

4.5 convex mirrors, CCTV and other visibility aids

4.6 lights and indicators

4.7 safety devices such as interlocks

4.8 warning signals

4.9 windscreen washers and wipers

4.10 firefighting equipment

4.11 the condition of cab protection devices, eg ROPS and FOPS

4.12 functional checks on the vehicle, including controls and starting systems

4.13 the correct location of guards and panels on the vehicle

4.14 other accessories, such as quick couplers and (if applicable) their locating pins, are correctly fitted and in place.

Health and safety at Mr Plant Hire

Whether you are looking at anything from micro digger hire and powered access hire or Skip loader hire across Enfield or the London area, Mr Plant Hire should be your first port of call.

The long-established Mr Plant Hire plc was founded in 1981 and the Company has always been determined to ensure top quality plant, an excellent level of service and an unequivocal commitment to safety continuing as a top priority.

Members of the team are available to visit customers either at their offices or on site upon request, thus providing a personal service with the confidence of getting things right first time.

We pride ourselves on both pre-hire and post-hire service which we employ to ensure our customers’ full satisfaction throughout our partnership. Contact the Mr Plant Hire team now for safety advice on your next plant hire.

Source:  www.hseni.gov.uk

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