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                        Excavator risk assessments: how Plant Assessor's are a step above

                        Excavator risk assessments: how Plant Assessor's are a step above

                        There are many ways you can conduct a risk assessment for an excavator.

                        You can complete a manual risk assessment using pen and paper, or you can utilise technologies, of which there are many that vary hugely in quality and capabilities. Plant Assessor has become known as the best software solution in Australia for machinery risk assessments. So if you’re looking for an industry leading risk assessment for your excavator, you have come to the right place. In this article, we outline why Plant Assessor’s excavator risk assessments are a step above the rest.


                        Plant Assessor's extensive knowledge

                        Many members of the team at Plant Assessor have years of experience working in industries involving machinery, and regulated by safety legislation. The unique skill sets of each of these individuals has allowed Plant Assessor and its excavator risk assessments to become what they are today; all encompassing, easy-to-use and industry leading. This knowledge has been utilised to bring peace of mind to the user that all hazards that are unique to their specific make and model excavator will be identified during the assessment process.


                        Legislation integrated

                        One of the most important, yet most labour intensive and complex components of completing or developing any risk assessment is to check your machine is compliant with legislative requirements. It can be a difficult and time consuming task to keep up with all the legal obligations relating to your excavator. But Plant Assessor’s risk assessments do all that for you.

                        Our excavator risk assessments are powered by the Machinery Compliance Engine (MCE), which integrates all Acts, regulations, standards, codes of practice and best practice into the risk assessment survey. After completing the simple yes no questions, the MCE can identify the hazards that are present on your excavator, rate the risks and determine the most effective control measures. Once you have implemented these controls, you’ll know your excavator is compliant with these obligations, without needing to complete your own legislative legwork. To find out more about how the MCE works, visit our article Simplify the complexity of machinery risk assessments.


                        Compliance checklist

                        Plant Assessor’s excavator risk assessments don’t just identify and rate the risks for you; they also reference the specific legislation each hazard breaches, and provide you with recommended risk controls to implement which eliminate or minimise the hazard. The risk management report compiled and available immediately to you following the completion of the risk assessment on your excavator is essentially a compliance checklist. With Plant Assessor’s action management tools, you can then assign, monitor and close out any implemented controls, with a digital record kept of who and when the work was completed.

                        This compliance checklist not only helps you to ensure you’ve reduced the risk of any hazards on your excavator, it also creates an auditable data trail. Should your business be audited or machinery be investigated, your risk management report will be able to prove the thoroughness of the risk assessment completed on your excavator, but also prove your compliance, provided the recommended risk controls are properly implemented.


                        Risk matrices

                        Another component of our excavator risk assessments that are a step above the rest is the inclusion of our risk matrices. Each hazard identified by the MCE in an excavator risk assessment is rated using a consequence and likelihood risk matrix, which is included in the risk management report. This communicates to an assessor exactly the level of risk an operator, or others working in the vicinity of the excavator, may be exposed to as a result of the hazard.

                        Not only do we include a preliminary risk matrix in your excavator risk management report we also include a residual risk matrix. This is used to convey the level of risk a hazard poses once the controls have been implemented, so you know exactly how much risk you and your workers are facing. To discover more about the risk matrices used in Plant Assessor machinery risk assessments, check out our article How to read a risk matrix used in a risk analysis.


                        Covers quick hitches and lifting points

                        Operators often utilise lifting points and quick hitches on excavators to easily swap out attachments on their machines. However, we know this can be highly dangerous if not used correctly, and result in incidents similar to this. Plant Assessor’s excavator risk assessments ensure hazards relating to the lifting points and quick hitches are identified, by asking dedicated questions about these components.


                        Need the best risk assessment for your excavator?

                        Contact Plant Assessor! Our team of machinery compliance specialists is on hand to assist you in setting your excavator up with Australia’s leading machinery risk assessments. Call us on 1300 728 852 or email for more information.


                        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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