‘Dump safe’ guide


Guidance has been published to help tackle the growing number of dumper accidents such as overturns and workers being struck by the vehicles. It’s 96 pages long.

It comes more than a year after a working party was set up to help encourage safer use of the site workhorses.

The guidance is designed to make those involved in planning and carrying out dumper activities more aware of the risks involved and the measures that can be put in place to reduce the dangers.

It focuses specifically on forward tipping dumpers as they are most commonly used on construction sites to transport earth and materials. This involves the machine negotiating ground and terrain – which is variable and not always suitable for a loaded dumper – and discharging loads into excavations or on spoil heaps. That type of activity has led to deaths and serious injuries to the operator or workers near the machines.

The working group included representatives from plant hirers, owners, clients, contractors, users, manufacturers and importers, card schemes and the HSE.

Electronic copies can be downloaded from the CPA website at:



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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 15/5/2019