Safe work method statement - Backhoe - Pre-operational inspection
Pre-operational inspection of backhoe
The purpose of conducting a pre-operational inspection of a backhoe is to assess for potential hazards generated as a result of operating the backhoe in the performance of a task. The inspection would include but not be limited to:
- Safety mechanisms/equipment including FOPS and ROPS structures, boom restraining devices.
- Air, hydraulic, exhaust and fuel system leaks.
- Electrical systems.
- Service and emergency brakes.
Hazards and risks
Hazards associated with the conduct of a pre-operational inspection of a backhoe in the performance of a task would include but not be limited to:
- Failure of hydraulic systems or components where not included as part of the pre-operational inspection.
- Structural damage to backhoe where hoisting components and elements are not inspected as part of the pre-operational inspection.
- Failure to undertake regular greasing of a backhoes grease points may result in mechanical damage and failure of plant.
- Refueling operations of a backhoe whilst it is operational shall result in death or serious injury.
Safety procedure includes
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.
- Consultation with employees.
- Failure to conduct pre-operational inspection.
- Failure to inspect functional operations of backhoe.
- Preventative maintenance and refueling of backhoe.
- Accessing cabin and backhoe areas.
- Personal protective equipment requirements.
- Training requirements.
- Housekeeping requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls form.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off form - Pre-operational inspection of backhoe.
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