A case study of machinery maintenance protocols and procedures within the UK utilities sector Dedicated to MRS. June Edwards, a lady of great distinction who preserved the health and dignity of others for many years. A loving mother and grandmother, without whose help, this work and many achievements would not have been possible.

David J. Edwards, Peter E.D. Love

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Abstract

Failure to conduct periodic fixed-time-to (or scheduled) maintenance on off-highway plant and equipment represents a significant health and safety hazard and major litigation risk for utility contractors completing service excavation and reinstatement works on public highways. Mini-excavators are a ubiquitous mobile plant item used for such tasks and have recently been responsible for several major injuries and fatalities involving workers and members of the public in the United Kingdom (UK). The research utilises the method of triangulation to examine the maintenance practices of utility contractors in the UK. Findings from the research reveal that a combination of prevailing market forces and internal 'company' pressures have inadvertently removed knowledgeable and trained operators, site foremen and managerial supervisors from hands-on maintenance inspections. Rather, 'virtual' maintenance protocols and procedures are adopted by head office but rarely fully implemented on-site. The research concludes with pragmatic recommendations and direction for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-329
Number of pages11
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume93
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accident prevention
  • Maintenance
  • Mini-excavators
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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