Working where there is movement of powered mobile plant

What is Powered Mobile Plant?

Powered mobile plant is defined by the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) to mean any plant that is provided with some form of self-propulsion that is ordinarily under the direct control of an operator.

The risk of serious injury or fatal incidents increases when working near mobile plant. Mobile plant includes:
Cranes, forklifts, earthmoving equipment, elevating work, platforms, delivery vehicles, order pickers, prime movers

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Working with or near earthmoving machinery is considered high-risk construction work

Serious and fatal incidents can occur during:

  • Pedestrian movement near vehicles or plant
  • Reversing or maneuvering
  • Arrivals or departures
  • Loading or unloading
  • Hitching or unhitching trailers
  • Lowering ramps
  • Mounting or dismounting vehicles
  • Securing of loads
  • Movement of materials
  • Maintenance work

High-Risk Construction Work (HRCW)

HRCW includes construction work at workplaces where there is any movement of powered mobile plant.
You must prepare, keep, comply with, and review a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for high-risk construction work
You must comply and review (SWMS) for high-risk construction work
Working with worklift is considered high-risk construction work

SWMS requirements

The SWMS must:
  • Identify work that is HRCW
  • State the hazards and risks of that work
  • Describe measures to control those risks
  • Describe how the risk control measures are to be implemented
  • Accessible and comprehensible to those who use it

    The following are common Powered Mobile Plant hazards:

    • Being hit or runover by powered mobile plant
    • Crushing
    • Tripping hazard

    Safety Tips

    • All team members must wear Hi-Visibility vests or clothing
    • Ensure constant communication with all personnel in the immediate area
    • Never assume the plant operator has seen you or knows where you are
    • Establish eye contact with the operator
    • Communicate your intentions with the plant operator via radio or hand or head signals and ensure an appropriate response
    • Never stand or traverse between the machine and a fixed structure at any time
    • Never assume others have seen or are aware of any impeding obstacle

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    Working with EWP is considered high-risk construction work