Econet Risk Assessment [Base Document]
Assessment: Strimmers and other machinery

Scope: Activity [Task]

Assessment Summary: Strimmers and other machinery;

Strimmers and other machinery
Last updated: 02/07/2023 11:32:08
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Cuts (major and minor); eye injuries; burns; muscle strains; back strains; vibration injuries; breathing problems; Phytophotodermatitis
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; other site users; general public
  • Contact with moving blade
  • Exhaust fumes
  • Fatigue and vibration
  • Noise
  • Flying debris
  • Fire
  • Plant sap
  • Burns
  • Volunteers may not use chain saws, usage is not covered by Econet's insurance.
  • Operator must be trained and competent in the use of the equipment.
  • Only operate at a safe working distance from others.
  • Ensure machinery and harness is in good condition and maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Use harness and adjust both harness and handles for comfort prior to starting work.
  • Harness should be 'quick release'.
  • Ensure appropriate guard is properly fitted and in good condition.
  • Wear long trousers, sturdy boots, gloves, goggles and ear defenders.
  • Do not wear clothing that may obstruct or become entangled.
  • Take frequent breaks when undertaking heavy or repetitive tasks such as when hammering or using slasher or strimmer, or alternate with other (lighter) task to reduce risk of strains and other injuries associated with vibration and repetitive movements.
  • Clear ground of obvious debris before starting work.
  • Make cuts from right to left and away from feet.
  • Do not work near bonfire.
  • Engine must be stopped and allowed to cool before refuelling, cleaning or attempting maintenance.
  • Do not run engine in an enclosed space.

Background Information

Phytophotodermatitis is a rash which occurs when the sap of certain plants comes in to contact with the skin and is then exposed to the sunlight. The rash usual appears after about 24 hours and may be an odd shape, appear bruised, or develop blisters. Plants that may cause the condition include members of the carrot and parsley family.
Last updated: 01/01/2012 00:00:00

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