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Stopped Equipment Can Still Be Dangerous

The operation of tools and equipment can be dangerous to the person operating them, not to mention those nearby who could be impacted by a malfunctioning piece of equipment or the actions (or inactions) of the operator. Whether it is insufficient maintenance, unsuitable equipment for the particular job or task, or lack of training in the equipment's correct use as well as general health and safety training, equipment can pose a danger to health and cause death or serious injury.

The vast majority of accidents and injuries involving equipment occur when the equipment is in use from sharp blades or entanglement in moving parts for example. So it would be all too easy for a person to think that when equipment is stopped or not in use that it is no longer dangerous, when in fact many can still be the cause of serious accidents and injuries.

First off there will still be a risk of cuts and lacerations from blades and sharp edges even if they are not rotating or in use. A worker needs to be carful when performing maintenance or transporting the equipment to avoid injuring themselves in this manner.

Machinery which has been in use and has a motor or rotating parts is likely to get extremely hot. This will take some time to cool down after it has stopped, meaning that there is a risk of burns to anyone who touches it before it has cooled sufficiently. This is particularly likely if the operator leaves the equipment unattended after use and somebody else comes along and unwittingly touches it without realising it is hot until it is too late.

Many tools and pieces of equipment will run on electricity. Even when they have been stopped there will be a risk of electrocution if they are still connected to the electricity supply. Whilst it would not normally be a problem, it will be a significant risk if the equipment is defective such as it having damaged wiring, or if a person undertakes maintenance work without first disconnecting the machine from the power.

Manual handling issues also come into play with stopped equipment, as portable equipment and tools which are stopped will usually then be moved about and loaded/unloaded onto transport vehicles. Heavy or bulky tools and equipment, as most are likely to be, can cause manual handling injuries as they are manipulated such as being lifted up or carried. It may therefore be necessary to provide manual handling training to those workers who will be frequently moving such equipment.

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Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.

For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.