What you need to do

The law says you must organise your site to segregate pedestrians and dumpers. The dumpers used must be carefully selected, maintained and operated by trained drivers. Key issues are:

What you need to know

A safe workplace for all vehicle operations must be established by separating pedestrians and vehicles and providing hazard-free traffic routes. See Traffic management.

Dumper hazards

Most fatal injuries involving dumpers are caused by:

Controlling the risk

It is important to select the right dumper for the job. There are a number of key factors to consider when controlling the significant hazards arising from use of dumpers. These are:

Training and competence

Employers must assess the competence of those involved in dumper operations.

There are two categories of worker who must be trained and competent regarding dumper hazards and precautions:

Inspection and maintenance

A programme of daily visual checks, regular inspections and servicing schedules should be established in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and the risks associated with each vehicle.

Drivers should report defects or problems. Reported problems should be put right quickly and the dumper taken out of service if the item is safety critical.