Plant is a major cause of workplace death and injury in Australian workplaces. Unsafe use, poor design or a lack of maintenance of plant and equipment poses significant risks to workers. They can be crushed, shocked, burnt, lose their hearing or suffer musculoskeletal disorders.
The term ‘plant’ is quite diverse and covers such things as machinery, equipment, tools, forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and power tools. Managing the risks associated with plant should be part of a comprehensive OHS management plan.
At JTA we have skilled and experienced consultants who can assess all types of mobile and fixed plant to determine what risks are present in your workplace and recommend practical control measures. They keep up to date with all regulations and legislation so they can also advise you which plant needs to be on your workplace register and if any plant needs to be registered with the Authorities.
Your primary duty as an employer is to provide and maintain a safe plant as well as ensure the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant. Covered by OHS/WHS legislation, you are required to do all that is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise plant risks. In order to do that, you need to be aware of what can cause harm and then put in place controls to ensure no one is at risk while they’re in your workplace.
You must also keep a record for plant that requires design or item registration including records of all tests, inspections, maintenance, commissioning, decommissioning, dismantling and alterations of the plant.