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.
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