What is a Risk Assessment? 

Risk Assessment Experience:

Refuse Equipment
Scissor Lifts
Boom Lifts
Consumer Products
Processing Equipment
Manufacturing Equipment
Slips, Trips and Falls
Aerial Lifts
Thrill Rides
Oil and Gas Equipment

Qualifications and Experience
Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. employs six engineers that provide risk assessment services.  All of our engineers are licensed professional engineers (PE's) and certified safety professionals (CSP's) in comprehensive practice.  We have over 100 years of combined experience consulting on our clients' most challenging engineering and safety projects.    

We first started doing risk assessments as part of our consulting on lawsuits.  It was so frustrating, because over and over again, we would come across situations where someone was hurt or killed because of a simple oversight.  At that point, we started working with companies before accidents happened to increase the safety and function of their products and equipment.  We would love to work with your company to increase the safety of your equipment.   
What is a Risk Assessment?
A risk assessment is a tool that has been developed over decades of safety work that is used to identify hazards, assess the risk, and then reduce the risk to acceptable levels.  The process is documented in many books and standards.  We follow the process outlined in ANSI B.11, with input from other standards and regulations that we find helpful.  
Who Can Perform a Risk Assessment?
A team should be assembled for the purpose of performing risk assessments.  The team should consist of at least two people. At least one person who is intimately familiar with the subject of the assessment.  This could be an operator, maintenance professional, design engineer, etc.  One individual may not be familiar with all of the usage situations that need to be analyzed, so having more than one knowledgeable person may improve the results of the assessment.    The second person should be someone who is familiar with the risk assessment process and common hazards.  This person may be internal to the company or may be someone brought in from outside.  

There are distinct benefits to bringing in a third party for risk assessments that include reduced liability, unbiased opinions, and possibly even reduced insurance costs.   If you would like to discuss the benefits of including a third party, please schedule a call below. 
Where Should a Risk Assessment Take Place?
In our experience, nothing is more helpful than taking notes and discussing the steps while looking at and walking around the machine.  When new equipment is being designed, which has not yet been built, having a CAD model of the equipment open and displayed is also very helpful in identifying hazards.  

Once hazards have been identified, the risk can be assessed and risk reduction measures can be determined separately
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