Excavator Pre-Use (Daily) Inspection Checklist (pad of 30)
Excavators, often called diggers, are heavy construction equipment perfect for topsoil excavation. The excavator inspection pad helps businesses perform their pre-use or daily safety inspections. The checklist is designed to help you comply with your duty of care under HSE guidance, LOLER and PUWER. The duplicate checklist design creates two signed copies of each inspection and incorporates a PASS/FAIL notice. Each pad has 30 checklists and is used in tandem with a hi-vis display wallet
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How to use
Before every shift, the operator of the excavator can simply work down the inspection checklist, checking the safety of each component in turn. Once the excavator inspection is complete, assuming safety has been established, the green PASS inspection certificate can be placed inside a safety status indicator on the cab ensuring that everyone can clearly see that the shovel is safe for use. Failing excavators can be similarly identified by a red FAIL certificate and reported for maintenance. The duplicate copy of the certificate remains inside the inspection pad and can be used as evidence of inspections should you ever need to produce this for the HSE or other official parties.
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How often should an excavator be inspected?
The HSE recommend a programme of daily visual checks, regular inspections and servicing schedules should be established in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and the risks associated with each vehicle.
Drivers should be encouraged to report defects or problems. Reported problems should be put right quickly and the excavator taken out of service if the item is safety critical.
Does an excavator fall under LOLER?
LOLER defines lifting equipment as any work equipment used for lifting and lowering goods, including any accessories used in doing so. Consequently an excavator with a lifting eye will be subject to LOLER, even if it's only occasional use. Excavators that are only used for ‘earth moving’, and do not have a lifting eye, are not subject to LOLER regulations but will still fall under PUWER.
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