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A spate of over-turnings of forward tipping dumpers (FTD) and also collisions between pedestrians and FTDs during late 2016 has resulted in a high number of serious injuries and deaths, and in particular 6 fatalities within 6 months during 2016. This has galvanised the industry into seeking solutions to reduce and eliminate these incidents.  Many of the fatalities that occurred through overturnings were a result of the operator not wearing the seatbelt and attempting to jump clear, but caught and crushed by the overturning machine.


Industry has convened an FTD Forum which is chaired by the HSE and aims to seek solutions to prevent future incidents, with a sub-group formed to identify minimum levels of accessories and equipment that should be fitted to dumpers.


The sub-group consisted of those representing contractors, hirers and users with the meeting chaired by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). This group have made a number of both engineering and operational recommendations and are seeking the views of industry and the plant hire sector through a web-based survey.


This survey focusses on potential technical and engineering solutions and seeks to identify the appetite for the standard fitment of certain types of equipment and accessories that can minimise and prevent future incidents of overturnings (or keeping the operator safe during an overturn) and prevent collisions with nearby pedestrians. 


The survey is being conducted by CECA on behalf of the industry-led FTD Forum. Other sub-groups are looking into training-based, behavioural and operational management solutions. The survey closes on Wednesday 31 May 2017.


Complete the survey here




Safe Use Guidance





The CPA have as part of their commitment developed a safe-use guidance document which has been divided into three parts;


  • part 1 consisting of a ‘stay safe by’ list of actions for operators;
  • part 2 consisting of the supported underpinning knowledge providing the ‘how’s and why’s’ of each action;
  • part 3 aimed at managers and supervisors in terms of planning and supervision requirements.


The document is being harmonised with the Health and Safety Executive’s current updating work on their guidance document; The Safe Use of Vehicles on Construction Sites (HSG144). The CPA guidance will be released once there is industry-wide agreement on the actions and specifications of FTDs and CPA will provide sample copies for viewing on their stand at the forthcoming 2017 Plantworx show.


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