- Entanglement: Hair, clothing, gloves, cleaning brushes, tools, rags or other materials can become entangled with moving parts of the plant or materials.
- Contact with moving parts during testing, inspection, operation, maintenance, cleaning or repair.
- Contact with sharp or flying objects? (e.g. work pieces being ejected)
- Shearing – The exposed moving blades on the hedge trimmer present a risk to the operator’s hands and fingers.
- Ergonomics – The use of the equipment may involve repetitive body movements and awkward positions.
- Noise from equipment in use
- Hot / cold and wet weather
- Vibration – The vibration from hedge trimmers can cause damage to the hands if they are used for long periods at a time
- Slips, trips or falls
- Uneven, slippery or steep work surfaces
- Poor housekeeping
- Obstacles being placed in the vicinity of the plant
- Inappropriate or poorly maintained floor or walking surfaces (i.e. lack of a slip-resistant surface, unprotected holes, penetrations or gaps.
- Use of work platforms, stairs or ladders?
- Fire and explosion- The storage and handling of petrol (e.g. refuelling) may pose a risk of fire and explosion to the operator.
- Manual handling
- Hot engine parts
- Defective equipment