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Hydraulic Excavator Risk Assessments

Tips from the experts on what to look for when inspecting Hydraulic Excavators


This is the first of a new range of articles designed to help with more information on important hazards and safety features on various types
of plant & equipment.


When we inspect a hydraulic excavator using Plant Assessor, the first thing we need to do is to enter the make and model of the machine,
and its unique identifier (serial number). The best place to start is by locating the manufacturer’s machine identification plate.


For most excavators the manufacturers ID plate is on the outside of the operator platform/cabin adjacent the boom connection point.
The serial number is generally on the plate however if not it will be stamped on the chassis in this area.
Sometimes you will need to wipe off grease or dirt to see it.


Next you will need to identify and select the machine’s features and attachments. This is a simple check box process in Plant Assessor.
Once that is complete, it is time to consider the specific controls required to manage the hazards and risks on your machine.


Plant Assessor walks you through consideration of various “families” of controls specific to the machine you are inspecting.
The questions are grouped logically, which helps streamline the inspection process.


Here are some tips to help make sure you get it right when inspecting hydraulic excavators:


Whilst this is not a comprehensive list of issues requiring attention when conducting a plant risk assessment on a hydraulic excavator, it covers many of the higher risk issues. We will consider other types of plant & equipment in future articles.


Disclaimer: This information is intended to provide general information on the subject matter. This is not intended as legal or expert advice for your specific situation. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on the content of this information.

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