European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

European Social Dialogue Construction: ETUI supports EFBWW

Fatalities or serious nonfatal injuries occur every week in construction sites across Europe due to collision with earth-moving machinery. Jobsite management techniques alone do not completely eliminate the risk to workers: collision occurrences are in part to be attributed to limited visibility around the equipment.

Since two years, this problem is under the attention of the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and its Ad-Hoc Working Party on Construction Machinery/Standardisation, as part of the European Social Dialogue Construction.

On the 2nd of June 2014, Rolf Gehring - EFBWW Political Secretary Safety & Health - convened a Working Party Meeting intended to define more precisely how FIEC (the European Construction Industry Federation) and EFBWW could cooperate to address the health and safety risks associated to construction machinery.

During the meeting, ETUI was asked to offer its expertise in order to ensure that EFBWW / FIEC recommendations and concerns can be used to improve the design of earth-moving machines in terms of visibility, ergonomics, access, maintenance. In particular, it has been discussed how to take concrete action to improve the harmonised standard EN 474-1:2006+A3:2013 Earth-moving machinery - Safety - Part 1: General requirements.