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CPA Operational Safety Guidance - Stay Safe When Operating Forward Tipping Dumpers


As a result of a series of serious incidents and fatalities involving Forward Tipping Dumpers, the CPA has produced an operational safety guidance publication titled ‘Staying Safe When Operating Forward Tipping Dumpers’, aimed principally at operators for refresher training purposes. It has been divided into three sections:

  • Section one consisting of a ‘stay safe by’ list of actions for operators;
  • Section two consisting of the supporting underpinning knowledge providing the ‘how’s and why’s’ of each action, and designed to provide assistance for tool box talks and one-to-one familiarisation activities;
  • Section three being aimed at managers and supervisors in terms of planning and supervision requirements.


The publication includes a case study to aid learning, based on an observed event, and outlines the causes and consequences of the activity and how it can be prevented. This CPA-produced publication has been designed to support a number of existing safe operational guidance publications from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) including their HSG 144 safe use of vehicles on construction sites.


The staying safe guidance can be downloaded free-of-charge.




CPA Good Practice Guide on Hydraulic Pressurising Activities



The CPA, in liaison with the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) has launched a good practice guide on the safety aspects of pressurising hydraulic systems using an external energy source for diagnostic purposes. The publication has been written for the plant maintenance sector and has been blended towards an educational rather than technical content, aimed at those carrying out the activity as well as those managing the process.


The new guidance has been divided into three sections - the first section has been written for those carrying out the task in an easily-readable ‘stay-safe’ format whilst the second section has been written for those responsible for managing and supervising the operation. The third section provides the supporting underpinning knowledge relating to the technical content and incorporates a training syllabus produced by the BFPA which outlines the required knowledge, skills and training for those carrying out the operation.


This tailored publication supports the technical message of the HSE publication GS4 – Safety with Pressure Testing but is written as a training tool, and further signposts readers to a number of other safety documents and leaflets that deal with the use and maintenance of pressure systems and equipment. The guidance focusses on system and component pressurisation using an external energy source (such as a hand pump) undertaken either in-situ i.e. in its normal place on the machine, or removed from the machine and pressurised externally. Although not specifically aimed at the pressurising of hydraulic system and components using the machine’s own hydraulic pump, many of the documented principles in the publication apply.


Due to the high risks involved, a key message of the publication is that employers should, as a first step, consider utilising organisations that specialise in hydraulic pressure testing who will have the correct equipment and appropriate knowledge to safely conduct the activity.


The good practice guide can be downloaded free of charge.





CPA Safety Instruction Leaflets


A CPA product that has been available for purchase over many years are a set of safety-based instruction leaflets on a wide range of plant, tools and equipment. These are aimed primarily at the small plant and tools sector but due to amendments of regulations and changes in working practices means that a number of the leaflets now require updating.


CPA have started an update programme for the leaflets which will take place throughout the first half of 2018. Some leaflets dealing with non-construction based tools or equipment will be permanently discontinued whilst the leaflets for ride-on plant such as forward-tipping dumpers or other subject areas such as pressurising activities have been replaced with more-comprehensive versions that provide additional supporting information on why the operation of these types can be hazardous.


Although the complete set is not available for purchase during the update programme but CPA are making provision for a limited set of approved leaflets that can be requested by CPA members free-of-charge via the order form.


On return of this form to CPA, the requested versions will be emailed accordingly along with an updated conditions of use document. On completion of the update programme, the revised set will be available for purchase accordingly.


We regret that during the development programme, that the leaflets can only be requested by CPA members. When complete, the revised versions will be available to all applicants.




Excavator Operator Daily & Weekly Inspection - Check Sheet






Publications Order Form

CPA makes a number of priced publications available to order, including

  • Mobile crane operator's safety guide
  • Crane weekly inspection report pads
  • Mobile crane weekly inspection report pads

Other publications are available to Members only, including

  • Model Conditions
  • Hire Contract Forms



Work at Height Whilst Loading and Unloading Transport

Every year around 2000 injuries to people falling from vehicles are reported under RIDDOR. Working at height during the loading and unloading of transport vehicles in the construction plant industry presents a series of challenges in addition to those experienced by the general transport industry.


In particular, a significant amount of loading and unloading will take place on construction sites where it is often more difficult to use the purpose made gantries and loading docks that are commonplace in the retail and commercial distribution sectors.


However, wherever work at height is required during the loading and unloading of any transport vehicle it should be carried out by trained personnel, following careful planning which includes adequate assessment of the risks. This document provides guidance on the issues involved. 




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