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Beyond the pre-start checks, this QNJAC guidance focuses on inspections by trained and competent inspectors/fitters at defined service intervals. The document presents a practical checklist and defect report. Once these checks have been carried out, they will enable the employer / quarry operator to have a more detailed inspection of the equipment documented.

SERVICE ENGINEERS SAFETY INSPECTION – MOBILE SCREENS

It is important that a machine operator is able to do an "informed" and "knowledgeable check" of the equipment that they are going to operate on an employer’s behalf. There are legal requirements under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98), Regulation 6, and ‘Quarry Regulations 1999, Reg 12 for all safety aspects of the equipment to be inspected, and actions specified to remedy any defects found before they can create any risks in use. These checks are commonly known as ‘Pre Start check’s’ and are widely carried out and recorded within the industry.

However, in most cases this is where good practice stops. To help with this QNJAC have produced an “SERVICE ENGINEERS SAFETY INSPECTION" that can be used by a trained and competent inspector / fitters at dedicated service intervals.

Given to the inspector / fitter beforehand to ensure checks are completed at the time of the inspection, these documents should be stored along with all service records, Pre Start Checks and Defect Reports for the equipment. Records should also remain with the item of plant if ever sold or moved to a different site.

Once these checks have been carried out, they will enable the employer / quarry operator to have a more detailed inspection of the equipment documented which may not be carried out by the operator due to the lack of time/expertise in such areas.

This document has been developed by the Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC) to assist in making health and safety improvements in the quarrying industry. This guidance may go further than the minimum you need to do to comply with the law. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive and you may need to tailor it to your specific requirements.

ENGINEERS SAFETY INSPECTION – MOBILE SCREENS

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