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 Backhoe operation safe work method statement/job safety analysis  

The sample operate backhoe safe work method statement / job safety analysis is an extract of the first two identified health and safety hazards associated with how to operate a backhoe.

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Example operate backhoe safe work method statement / job safety analysis

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 Operate backhoe safe work method statement  

Operation of backhoe

Backhoes are used in any number of industries to undertake excavation works, mining works, bulk excavation works, demolition works, civil construction works, bulk material loading, etc.

  • The nature of the work to be performed and associated hazards e.g. confined space undertaking earthworks shall determine the size and type of backhoe required.
  • Backhoes are available with a number of attachments and devices e.g. bucket, rock breaker, rippers, rock and log grabs, etc.

Hazards and risks

Hazards associated with the operation of a backhoe in the performance of a task would include but not be limited to:

  • Overloading of backhoe when used in crane mode, resulting in structural failure to backhoe;
  • Damage to backhoe where operators have not been instructed as to the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise risk;
  • Persons struck and damage to property and plant where a backhoe is not operated correctly on a roadway or public access way;
  • Death or serious injury to persons where an operator has not been instructed as to the controls to implement when operating a backhoe on an incline.

Tasks and activities

Tasks and activities associated with the operation of a backhoe would include:
  • Job preparation and planning prior to operating a backhoe;
  • Establishing an exclusion zone where overhead electrical services and electrical parts are present;
  • Identification as to the nature and location of any underground or overhead services;
  • Isolation of energised electrical services and electrical parts;
  • Pre-operational inspection of backhoe;
  • Set up of backhoe to undertake excavation works;
  • Operation and movement of backhoe;
  • Working on an inclined or sloping surface;
  • Operation of backhoe in the crane mode;
  • Traffic control requirements when working adjacent to a traffic lane e.g. road closure, blocker vehicle, traffic control person, etc;
  • Safety observer requirements and duties where overhead electrical services and electrical parts are present;
  • Hazardous manual tasks and ergonomic issues associated with the operation of a backhoe;
  • Handling, decanting and use of hazardous chemicals;
  • Selection of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the task being performed;
  • Compliance with specific controls as per a work health and safety regulation, code of practice, standard;
  • Assess risk to workers undertaking the operation of a backhoe.
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Person conducting a business or undertaking Electrical Plumbing Group
ABN:
96 147 385 ***
Address of person conducting a business or undertaking:
PO Box ****
Gumdale QLD 4154
Postal address of person conducting a business or undertaking:
PO Box ****
Gumdale QLD 4154
Phone number:
61-7 3823 ****
Fax number:
61-7 3375 ****
Contact person:
Scott *******
Mobile:
04** *** ***
Email:
****@epgi.com.au


 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Consultation not undertaken with workers as to the safe method of operating a backhoe.Workers shall be exposed to risk of death, serious injury or illness where the operation of a backhoe is performed or undertaken incorrectly.

Sustainable injuries would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Electrocution;
  • Entrapment;
  • Multiple fractures;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Loss of limb;
  • Respiratory disease;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.

Damage to plant.

Electrical Plumbing Group shall consult workers as to the method by which a backhoe shall be operated.Electrical Plumbing Group has a duty to ensure the health and safety of themselves, workers and other persons.
  • Workers operating a backhoe, shall be provided information, instruction, training and supervision as to the correct method by which to operate the backhoe;
  • Whilst it is not a requirement for workers operating a backhoe to be the holder of a high-risk work licence, a duty is imposed upon Electrical Plumbing Group to assess a persons competency in the operation of the backhoe.

Consultation

Consultation shall occur between line management, workers and health and safety representatives as to the method by which a backhoe shall be operated.

The process of consultation shall assess the hazards generated as a result of operating a backhoe, and take into consideration:

  • Is the operation of a backhoe necessary;
  • Could an alternative item of plant be used with less risk to the operator an other personnel;
  • Design capabilities of backhoe in its operational status;
  • Selection of the correct bucket or rock breaker e.g. type, size, etc dependant upon the material to be excavated or broken;
  • Safety mechanisms fitted to the backhoe e.g. ROPS, FOPS, guards, handles, etc;
  • Pre-operational inspection of backhoe to assess condition and ensure plant is safe to operate.
  • A review of all plans, drawing, specifications, etc to identify potential hazards associated with the scope of works;
  • Integrity of ground or suspended surface intended to support mass of the backhoe;
  • Environmental hazards and risks to workers e.g. open excavations, steel starter bars, pits, projections;
  • Means of gaining access to the cabin;
  • Operation of the backhoe's controls;
  • Movement of backhoe at a workplace;
  • Method by which a backhoe shall be operated in the performance of a task;
  • Operation of a backhoe in an established exclusion zone for an overhead electrical service or electrical part;
  • Isolation of hazards within existing services termination pit e.g. electrical cables;
  • Emergency response person where a risk assessment determines that the work is undertaken within an established exclusion zone.
  • Implementation of permit systems where the performance or undertaking of the task or activity deems such e.g. work, confined space and excavation permits;
  • Hazardous chemicals and products used in the operation of a backhoe;
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with the operation of a backhoe;
  • Are persons at risk of serious injury when operating a backhoe?

Electrical Plumbing Group shall make a prepared for the operation of a backhoe available for perusal by workers.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Introduction of hazards generated from the operation of a backhoe as a result of implementing proposed control measures. Workers shall be exposed to risk of death, serious injury or illness where hazards are created as a result of implementing proposed control measures.

Sustainable injuries/illnesses would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Electrocution;
  • Entrapment;
  • Multiple fractures;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Loss of limb;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.

Damage to plant.

Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be developed and implemented where additional hazards are generated as a result of workers undertaking the operation of a backhoe.
Electrical Plumbing Group shall ensure hazards generated as a result of operating a backhoe are identified with the hazard controlled.

Control measures

To prevent risk of death, serious injury or illness to workers and other persons, the person with management or control of the works shall ensure:

  • The risk of death, serious injury or illness resulting due to the conduct of the task is assessed to determine a persons exposure;
  • Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, serious injury or illness to persons shall be developed in consultation with workers;
  • Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be implemented to prevent, or minimise a persons level of exposure to risk of death, serious injury or illness;
  • Workers undertaking the operation of a backhoe shall be trained as to any new control/s to be implemented and informed as to the hazard notification process should additional hazards be identified.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Additional hazards and risks associated with how to operate a backhoe  

Additional hazards and risks identified with the safe operation and how to use a backhoe for which control measures have been developed as per the risk identification process include:

  • Workers operating a backhoe without having been involved in the planning process.
  • Plant operator not advised of information contained on a data plate or load chart relating to the safe method of operation and/or the backhoes WLL.
  • Working with faulty, defective or non-compliant plant .
  • Alteration or modification of backhoe.
  • Guards not fitted or installed to backhoe.
  • Incompatible attachments e.g. bucket, rock-breaker fitted to a backhoe.
  • Non-identification as to the location of underground services.
  • Overhead electrical services and electrical parts at a workplace where it is proposed to operate a backhoe.
  • Electrical services and sources within close proximity of where a backhoe is operated in the undertaking of excavation works.
  • Set up of backhoe for the purpose of undertaking excavation works.
  • Operation of backhoe on an inclined or sloping surface.
  • Operation of a backhoe.
  • Traversing or movement of a backhoe at a designated work area.
  • Operation of a backhoe in a confined space or an area having a restricted means of airflow.
  • Operation of backhoe in the crane mode.
  • Failure to have a safety observer present.
  • Contact with an energised overhead electric line or a flash-over occurs.
  • Operation of backhoe adjacent to a traffic lane.
  • Hazardous chemicals and products used in the operation of a backhoe.
  • Hazardous manual tasks and vibration associated with the operation of a backhoe.
  • Workers not provided with the required personal protective equipment and having not received instruction as to method by which to wear an article of PPE.
  • Training not provided to workers as to how to operate a backhoe in the performance of a task.
  • Housekeeping of a workplace not undertaken and/or no areas assigned for the storage of materials and plant.
  • Workers not advised of specific controls to be implemented to ensure compliance with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice and Standards.
  • Performance of tasks and activities undertaken in connection with the operation of a backhoe.
  • Failure to monitor the implementation of control measures

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