Reports and Studies

Working safer with construction machines

22/06/2017
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CONSTRUCTION SITE ORGANISATION, TRAINING FOR MACHINERY
Every profession, every activity and every work situation is specific and includes permanent interaction between people, material, environment and machines. Next to ensuring high quality ergonomic and safety-related standards for the materials and machines used, it is essential to have a good site organisation and good qualifications of the employees involved. This fact sheet lists the important elements of construction site management and employee qualification.

ERGONOMICS FOR CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY
The complexity of construction sites calls for a high level of safety, reliability and comfort in the interaction between workers, work equipment and work environment. This objective can be achieved by incorporating ergonomic principles into the machinery design process. This fact sheet summarizes useful aspects to be taken into account to ensure safe, sustainable and productive operation in construction sites across Europe.

STANDARDS FOR MACHINERY
Creating European standards on the safety of machinery is complex and challenging. Much progress has been made but the involvement of users needs to be encouraged in order to take account of the whole lifetime of machinery.

COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR MACHINERY
Collisions between machines and pedestrians are amongst the most dangerous situations on construction sites. The design of machinery, coherent jobsite organisation and the training of bystanders all need to be improved simultaneously and urgently.