Safety of earth-moving machinery: new edition of the EN474 series

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After more than ten years of work, the new series of standards EN 474 provides the construction industry with up-to-date documents concerning the safety of earthmoving machinery.

The series comprises 13 parts:

  1. common requirements applicable to at least two
  2. types of machinery
  3. bulldozers
  4. loaders
  5. backhoe loaders
  6. hydraulic excavators
  7. dumpers
  8. scrapers
  9. graders
  10. pipe layers
  11. trenchers
  12. backfill and waste compactors
  13. cable excavators
  14. compactors.

These documents give a presumption of conformity with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC provided that their reference is quoted in the Official Journal of the European Union. Taking into account automated machines or machines powered by non-fossil fuel sources will certainly be the challenge for future revisions.

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