The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) require that anyone working with heavy machinery and/or on construction type sites adhere to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulations.
In order to stay up to date on health and safety regulations, it is critically important to maintain compliance for both employee health and equipment health.
Employees should have routine training on aspects such as manual handling, proper operation of forklift equipment, mini diggers, excavators, backhoes, etc. Likewise, equipment should also be routinely inspected to ensure that accident risks are at a minimum.
Having your equipment routinely inspected also ensures that you have very little down time as a result of equipment breaking down or becoming faulty.
Employers are obligated under law to provide employees with a reasonably safe environment while at work. This includes providing proper instruction, training and supervision. Employers should also have plans for first aid, any emergencies that arise, fire-fighting and evacuation as well as protocols for contacting emergency services.
Any event of injury to an employee in the workplace must be well documented. This includes completing an Incident Report and keeping detailed records of any incidents.