Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Safety of self-propelled work equipment.


40. An employer shall ensure that—

(a) self-propelled work equipment is operated only by competent persons who have been appropriately trained, and

(b) self-propelled work equipment, which when in motion may create risks for persons—

(i) has facilities for preventing unauthorised start-up;

(ii) has appropriate facilities for minimising the consequences of a collision where there is more than one item of track-mounted work equipment in motion at the same time;

(iii) has a device for braking and stopping equipment;

(iv) in the event of failure of the main facility for braking and stopping equipment where safety constraints so require, has available emergency facilities operated by readily accessible controls or automatic systems for braking and stopping the equipment;

(v) has adequate auxiliary devices installed to improve visibility where the driver's direct field of vision is inadequate;

(vi) is equipped with lighting appropriate to the work to be carried out and ensures sufficient safety for employees where designed for use at night or in dark places;

(vii) is equipped with appropriate fire-fighting appliances where such appliances are not available sufficiently nearby at the place of use, where such work equipment constitutes a fire hazard, either on its own or in respect of whatever it is towing or carrying, or both, and is liable to endanger employees;

(viii) if remote-controlled, stops automatically once it leaves the control range;

(ix) if it

(I) is remote-controlled, and

(II) creates, in normal conditions a crushing or impact hazard,

has facilities to guard against that hazard, unless other appropriate devices are present to control the hazard.