Best Practice

LOCATION: Mobile Plant ARTICLE YEAR 2006
ACTIVITY: Access & Egress & Working at Height COMPANY: Aggregate Industries
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Woodhall Spa Sand & Gravel, Lincolnshire
BEST PRACTICE No: BP287 COMPANY TEL: 01526 342360
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Handrails to improve access to engine canopy of Caterpillar 330BL
ARTICLE
The excavator operator pointed out a potential area of risk on his Caterpillar 330BL over the safe access to the engine canopy area during pre-start checks and servicing. Although the surface had good anti-slip properties, there was no barrier to prevent falls off the sides of the engine canopy area.

The solution was to install handrails. The handrails were constructed using 30mm tubular steel as smaller separate units to decrease vibration and reduce stress on the joints. Handrails were not placed at the very rear of the excavator to allow the engine canopy to open fully and maintain visibility. The operator found the addition of handrails made the area safer to work in when carrying out his machine checks. There was also no impact on all round machine visibility.
ARTICLE IMAGES
Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

pdf document available
Go back to search critera
Sharing health and safety resources helps us all work towards Zero Harm
  • Aggregates |

  • Asphalt |

  • Cement |

  • Contracting |

  • Dimension Stone |

  • Lime |

  • Precast Concrete |

  • Mortar |

  • Readymix |

  • Recycling |

  • Silica Sand |