10 - Mobile / Motorized Equipment
Many businesses use self-propelled mobile equipment (eg cranes, forklifts). They may be owned by the company or rented equipment. Employees may drive personal vehicles for business purposes. Use of mobile equipment can expose a company to significant liability risks. Examples include, dropped loads or failure of crane resulting in property damage or injury to others.
What do we look for?
- Frequent use and/or rental of mobile equipment.
- No written contracts for rentals, including insurance verification requirements.
- Employees use personal vehicles for business purposes.
- Inadequate operator certification/licensure/training for mobile equipment.
- Inadequate premise protection to allow safe use of mobile equipment.
- Inadequate employee driving controls, including Motor Vehicle Reference reviews, verification of current driver license, etc.
- Limited use and/or rental of mobile equipment.
- Written contracts for all rentals, including insurance verification requirements.
- No personal vehicle use for business purposes.
- Good operator certification, licensing, and training verification.
- Adequate premise protection for safe use of mobile equipment ie no low overhead power lines, adequate physical clearance, no density of personnel who could be struck by mobile equipment, etc.
- Adequate employee driving controls, including, Motor Vehicle Reference and license reviews/verifications.
- Implement a safety policy for rental and use of cranes and other heavy mobile equipment that includes written contract requirements, minimum operator training and insurance protection.
- Implement a company policy for use of personal vehicles by employees for company business.