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According to a warning published in the Official Journal (OJ) (28 January 2015) of the European Commission came into effect removing the presumption of conformity from EN 474-1:2006 +A4:2013 Earth Moving Machinery – Safety – General Requirements in respect of visibility. This means that compliance with this standard will no longer automatically assure compliance with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, particularly EHSR 3.2.1. Driving Position, concerning visibility from the operator’s position.  To find out more click on the following link to take you to the official bulletin published by the HSE http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/earth-moving-machinery.htm

Author: Health and Safety Executive, Field Operations Directorate – Constructions Sector (18 May 2015)

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