Every year, thousands of workers who use heavy machinery and equipment, suffer horrific injuries in NSW workplaces.
Over the past three years alone, there have been more than 140,000 injuries in NSW workplaces as a result of using heavy equipment incorrectly. More than 5800 workers have been left permanently disabled and 121 have sadly died.
That is why it is imperative that operators and jobsite managers are fully competent and experienced when in control of heavy machinery.
In 2011, the Government introduced the Work Health & Safety Act, superseding existing legislation and making it much easier for workers to responsibly use different kinds of plant equipment.
As licensing was considered a highly restrictive form of regulation, it was decided by both industry and government at a national level that load shifting classes of plants would no longer require a licence, as they did not represent as high of a risk.
An EPC certification (Earthmoving or Particular Crane Certification) therefore is no longer needed to operate excavators, front-end loader backhoes, bridge and gantry (remote control) cranes, front-end loaders, scrapers, road rollers, graders, skid-steer loaders or dozers, however that is not to say that competency doesn’t apply and that you can just jump on a machine and start working away! As an operator and manager of a jobsite, there are several aspects you need to consider.