This is a great resource for employers produced by the plant safety group with detailed information on medical fitness to operate construction plant.
Forward by Philip White – Chair of the Health and Safety Executive’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee (2013)
The operators of construction plant play a vital part in the construction process and it is
essential that they are physically and mentally capable of undertaking the tasks they are
required to carry out. Construction plant has the potential to injure or kill both operators
and bystanders if it is operated, installed or maintained by people who are not medically
fit to do so. Employers have a duty to ensure that their employees have the required
level of fitness for their job and this guidance is aimed at providing employers and others
with the tools to do this.
This guidance has been prepared by the industry to provide clarity about the medical
fitness assessment process and outlines the steps that should taken by employers and
others in the construction sector such as Principal, main and sub-contractors, who also
have an interest in ensuring that plant operators have an appropriate level of fitness. In
particular it deals with planning, setting up and implementation of medical fitness
assessment systems, the medical fitness aspects of recruitment and managing those
employees who may develop health problems whilst at work.
The advice in this document is straightforward, comprehensive and easy to adopt. It
represents good practice which may go further than the minimum you need to do in
order to comply with the law.
I thank those who have been involved in its preparation and commend the guidance to
anyone who employs people who operate install or maintain construction plant and
those with an interest in such matters.
Please read the publication and turn the advice into action.