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?

Exposures

  • 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.

Controls

  • 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.

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