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Comprehensive Plant Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment for Hydraulic Vacuum Lifters

Prior to the utilisation of a hydraulic vacuum lifter for glass at any workplace, it is imperative to conduct a thorough inspection to guarantee its operational safety. Ensuring the equipment is in optimal condition is crucial, and it is equally important that operators and maintenance personnel are well-trained in its usage and maintenance. Here are the key points outlining NFK Glazing & Industrial Supplies’ approach with hydraulic vacuum lifters.

Risk Categorization:

We categorise risks into three main groups based on the intersection of likelihood and consequences: High, Medium, and Low. This comprehensive approach enables us to address potential hazards effectively.

High-Risk Assessment:

  • Crushing: Evaluating the risk of injuries caused by unexpected movements, falling loads, uncontrolled plant movements (such as tipping or rolling), or contact with moving parts.

  • Entanglement: Assessing the possibility of clothing, gloves, tools, or other materials becoming entangled with moving parts.

  • Cut, Stab, Puncture: Examining the risk of injuries from contact with sharp objects, moving parts, or equipment disintegration.

  • Loss of Power/Operating Performance: Ensuring fail-safe systems are in place to manage the plant item in the event of power failure.

  • Electrical: Identifying potential injuries from live wires, overloaded circuits, or poorly maintained equipment.

  • Misc. Hazards: Verifying adherence to manufacturer-specified hazards in the Operator’s Manual, crucial for untrained operators.

Medium-Risk Assessment:

  • Striking (Impact): Evaluating the risk of injuries due to uncontrolled movement or equipment disintegration.

  • Shearing: Assessing the risk of injuries from two moving parts or entrapment between a fixed object and a moving part.

  • Plant Transportation: Ensuring designated lifting points, tie-down points, and assessing the need for specialised skills for safe load movements.

Low-Risk Assessment:

Addressing 13 low risks, including environmental factors, isolation and lockout procedures, noise and vibration, plant item stability, adverse weather conditions, high-pressure fluid, high temperature or fire, explosion, friction, abrasion, tearing, slip, trip, and fall.

Legal Compliance:

In alignment with relevant Australian state and territory health and safety acts, regulations, and codes of practice, it is mandatory for plant owners, employers, and operators to exercise a duty of care in the safe operation and maintenance of hydraulic vacuum lifters

Therefore, a meticulous inspection and adherence to safety standards are imperative before the equipment is supplied or used at any workplace.

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