Despite all the stipulations, there is often a lot wrong when working with machines. Therefore, three basic tips for working safely with machines. With every tip a piece of jurisprudence about a case in which that did not work out well.
The Working Conditions Decree obliges employers to investigate safety and health risks at work. More specifically, the Machinery Directive obliges the manufacturers of equipment and machines (these are covered by the so-called work equipment) to avoid safety and health risks with the design of their products. They must inform the users about the remaining risk of the Excavator in Biberach.
Set up a good
- The employer must determine the hazards and risks arising from the choice and use of work equipment in work equipment.
- For example, these risks may include cutting, crushing and crushing hazards, radiation, noise or electrical safety. Which type of risk plays a role depends on the specific work equipment and the manner of use.
- When working underground in a building in the heart of Amsterdam, they work with a diesel-powered excavator. Without adequate ventilation there is a risk of exposure to DME (diesel engine emissions) and metallic mercury.
Approve and inspect in time
In certain safety aspects, the risk increases due to failure to inspect and approve on time.
Employees can regularly check their own workplace with the aid of a checklist. In addition, this checklist is suitable for carrying out a general inspection.
An employee gets stuck with his thumb under a printing press. The Labor Inspectorate comes to the conclusion that the employer has insufficiently ensured that the remote control of the press is in a good state of maintenance.
Make sure the right machine is in the right place
Even with the purchase of the machines, it is possible to take into account the health risks. Think, for example, of the noise level of the machine. By consciously choosing the user can prevent noise and hearing damage in him and in employees in the work environment.
A noisy professional cellist will hold his employer liable for material and immaterial damage caused by the noise pollution during the rehearsals and concerts of the orchestra. He gets the same and with that a compensation from his employer.
Ask yourself the following important question: “Do you communicate the properties of your product or the benefits for the customer?” Many marketers still communicate too often from the product, while the customer wants to know exactly what benefits he / she offers.
The Excavator or the Hole in the Ground?
As an example during our presentations we often use the example of the excavator and the hole in the ground. You can tell a lot about an excavator: the weight, maximum payload, battery capacity, number of horsepower, maximum working pressure, tank capacity and so on. But what it is all about is the final result; the hole in the ground. Nice, all those horsepower, the maximum workload and the tank capacity but the customer wants ‘just’ a hole in the ground and preferably as effectively and efficiently as possible.