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J.Muir
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Good Afternoon

In my industry it is common practice to have your own tools, as often the workforce is transient it is easier to put your stuff in a tool box and wheel it to the next place.

We have a very rigorous and robust maintenance programme based on planned preventative maintenance. Although this focuses on company owned equipment we look at problems of noise and vibration should an employee highlight this on their own equipment. In most cases we fix it if it isn't going to cost too much, however we don't service theirs. We have an equipment care policy where it is stipulated what can be used and what precautions they need to take.

With a workforce of over 300 staff across 10 sites, and in excess of 2,000 privately owned pieces of equipment and 2 maintenance engineers how can we possibly ensure the safety of all their equipment. I am trying to increase the number of company owned equipment, however this carries a huge cost, and having spent 50,000 recently on more equipment, my coffers are empty.

Has anyone out there got any weird or wonderful ideas how they manage this in a similar industry????
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:24 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Julie,

This sounds like a case for self regulation. Perhaps you could develop a register of equipment held by individuals, you could then specify whether it is acceptable or not and how often inspections need to take place (and the type of inspection). A declaration by the owner of the tools that they carry out the specified inspections would then help you fulfill your duty of care.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Hi Julie

I can understand the problem and expect the employer has the ultimate responsibility. I have no clue as to how this could be managed but the HSE specialist for Noise and Vibration may be able to advise you accordingly. You need to contact Paul Brereton at Bootle on 0151 951 4824 direct to reduce the risk of chinese whispers. I understand Paul is not around until after next week and I will be most interested in the advice he gives.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Thankyou both for your quick response.

we have banned some tools such as air chisels and electric tools, but we are finding that people are sneaking them back in. Everyone has been issued with the policy and signed for it and team leaders/technicians have had training. My team are identifying issues, acting on them and reporting them back to me so I can have one to one discussions with site managers.

Having worked in Construction, I can't ever remember Sub Contractors providing reams of information about the safety of their equipment - i suspect this situation would be similar to that of a subbie - do you have any divine inspiration about what the norm is for those situations in Construction?
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