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Generator Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment      Document Ref: RA-004 Generator Risk Assessment
Rev 1       Date .  1st March 2012

WORKPLACE/TASK BASED RISK ASSESSMENT FOR USING A PETROL OR DIESEL GENERATOR

LOCATION:       ANY CANAL/RIVERSIDE LOCATION

NOTES

1. This Risk Assessment is specifically for the use of a Generator (Petrol/Diesel) on a KESCRG or WRG controlled site for the purposes of canal restoration. Use of a bottled-gas generator is not anticipated.

2. This Risk Assessment should be included in the documentation taken to site and retained by the site leader.

3. There must be a review of this Risk Assessment following any site feedback or every 2 years, whichever comes first. Revision and date are shown in the header.

MANDATORY PPE

1. Hard Hat, Safety Boots and fastened High Viz Jacket (as with any site work)

2. Gloves

Risk Scoring Matrix

Likelihood

Meaning

Severity

Meaning

1

Possible

1

Minor cut or bruise/injury

2

More than possible

2

Cut/Injury, needs First Aid

3

Fair chance

3

Injury needing First Aid

4

Likely

4

Broken Limb/ Serious injury

5

Certain

5

Severe injury/Death

HAZARDS FROM GENERATOR

 

Ref no

 

 

 

HAZARD

 

LIK

 

SEV

 

RAT

 

EXISTING CONTROL MEASURES

 

ADDITIONAL CONTROL MEASURES REQUIRED

 

LIK

 

SEV

 

RAT

1.

Electric shock from generator output, potentially fatal, or severe burns from entry/exit of current.

4

5

20

1. Pre-use checks on generator include checking electrical parts for cracks/defects etc.

2. Pre-use checks on cables mandatory.

3. All electrical items are PAT-tested, pre-use check includes verification of in-date PAT test.

4. Site equipment is all 110V, reducing potential for fatal shock

1. None

2. None

3. None

4. None

 

Note. Some generators are switchable 110V/240V. 240V output only to be used in dry conditions away from worksite.

1

4

4

2.

Hot parts on generator exhaust, burns

4

3

12

1. Awareness. Covered in on-site brief.

2. Generator positioned away from walking route, minimising risk of slips/trips onto hot parts.

1. None

2. Best position determined by site leader pre-start on site.

1

3

3

3.

Generator rolling away, potential crushed foot or limb injury

1

4

4

1. Our generators usually have 1 set of wheels plus carry handles, unlikely to roll.

2. Generator sited on level ground where possible.

1. None

2. None.

1

3

3

4.

Trip Hazard from cables

3

3

9

1. Generator placed away from work area

2. Cables positioned away from work area.  Covered in SWI and on-site brief.

1. Site leader to agree location of generator pre-start.

2.  Site Leader to check on site

1

2

2

5

Electric shock from generator power cable/switches.

2

5

10

1. 110V machinery only to be used on site.

2. CEEFORM plug/sockets fitted, which are rain-resistant.  

1. None

2. None

.

1

3

3

6.

Dermatitis from diesel and lube oil.

2

2

4

1. General hygiene

2. Gloves as part of PPE

3. Minimise spillage by using funnels (in Kit Trailer)

1. None

2. None

3. None

1

2

2

7.

Manual handling of generator from trailer/on site, potential lifting and twisting.

4

3

12

1. Trailer kit includes a wheelbarrow to minimise lifting.

2. Generator has handles, easy to grip.

3. Generator is a 2-man lift, with 3rd to steady wheelbarrow.

1. None

2. None 

3. None

1

3

3

8

Inhalation of exhaust fumes, leading to asphyxiation

3

5

15

1. Generators not used in confined spaces, i.e. not in lock chambers.

2. Generator positioned away from immediate working area, dispersing exhaust fumes.

1. Site leader to check pre-work

2. Site leader to check pre-work

 

Note. Site work is in the open air, so exhaust fumes are dispersed.

1

3

3

9

Fire from petrol / diesel and lube oil

3

4

12

1. SWI covers allowing generator to cool before filling.

2. Fuel in sealed containers, away from source of ignition.

3. Fuel stored away from generator.

4. Lube oil has high flashpoint, kept in small quantities in sealed containers.

1. None

2. None

3. Site leader to check on site.

4. None

1

4

4

10

Noise from generator, leading to hearing impairment

3

3

9

1. Generator used in open air, away from work site so noise disperses.

1. None

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL MEASURES. HAZARDS FROM GENERATOR

 

Ref no

 

 

ADDITIONAL CONTROL MEASURE  REQUIRED

 

BY WHOM

 

BY WHEN

STATUS

(COMPLETED YES/NO)

1.

1. None

 

 

 

2

1. None

 

 

 

3

1. None

2. Pre-work briefing

2. Site Leader

Before work starts

 

4

1. None

2. None

3. Site Leader to check before work starts.

3. Site Leader

Before work starts

 

5

1. None

2. None

 

 

 

6

1. None

2. None

3. None

 

 

 

7

1. None

2. None 

3. None

 

 

 

8

1. Site leader to check pre-work

2. Site leader to check pre-work

1 & 2. Site Leader

1 & 2. Before work starts

 

9

1. None

2. None

3. Site leader to check on site.

4. None

3. Site leader

Before work starts

 

10

1. None