Safe work method statement - Backhoe - Loading and unloading
Loading and unloading of backhoe
Backhoes are typically transported between workplaces on a truck body, trailer or low loader, requiring a person to either load or unload a backhoe utilising access ramps or other means.
Factors an operator should consider when loading or unloading a backhoe:
- Position of vehicle, trailer or low loader to backhoe.
- Load capability of ramps for mass weight of backhoe.
- Location of recently backfilled trenches.
Hazards associated with the loading and unloading of a backhoe from a truck, trailer or low loader, would include but not be limited to:
- Unanticipated movement of backhoe during loading/unloading operations potentially exposes persons to risk of death or serious injury and damage to plant should the backhoe roll off the ramps.
- Environmental factors e.g. gradient of surface, overhead services, etc are potential hazards that may result in death or injury to multiple persons, damage to plant and property.
- Operation of backhoe on public roadway without necessary controls may result in death or injury to multiple persons, damage to property.
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.
- Generation of hazards through loading and unloading of a backhoe.
- Loading and unloading of a backhoe.
- Towing and retrieval of a backhoe.
- Movement of backhoe on roadway or street.
- Manual handling requirements.
- 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 - Loading and unloading of backhoe.
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