I hire in large equipment - will these need a risk assessment and training?

I hire in large equipment - will these need a risk assessment and training?

Many businesses hire in large equipment such as excavators to provide their services as it is more economical than buying the equipment outright. However, this creates something of a grey area, because the equipment belongs to a one company, but the staff of another company are operating it. Who is responsible for safety in this situation? Does training need to be provided? Who by?

Firstly, risk assessments pertaining to the use of the equipment will need to be performed. In order to complete these, it may be necessary to obtain information from the equipment supplier, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the company operating the equipment to perform a risk assessment. A business is responsible for the safety of its staff, even if they are using hired equipment.

Secondly, any equipment, including that hired from someone else, must be operated by a competent individual. The company leasing the equipment is responsible for supplying user guides and information on using the equipment but doesn’t have any obligation to provide training to individuals who will be using the equipment. It is the responsibility of the company to ensure that the individual operating the equipment is competent.

For more information on hiring equipment, or to book a Free Health & Safety Review, call Jonny on 0844 8797286.

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Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

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Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

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