No matter what sector you work in, time is money and this is never so obvious as when it comes to moving plant and machinery on or in between sites. Equally, when preparing to start each shift, the process of conducting ‘pre-starts’ can also be cumbersome.

Some may see these pre-start safety checks as annoying or overly complex, but managing the potential risks associated with using plant equipment is extremely important because the wellbeing of every operator, workmate and visitor on a worksite depends on it.

It also ensures business continuity which is important for owners, shareholders and suppliers.

An Australian business has revolutionised the way that machinery owners and operators manage the process of ensuring equipment is safe to use.

What started as a Structured Query Language (SQL) database used to identify faults and compile risk assessments on plant equipment being auctioned in Wagga Wagga, NSW, has now grown to become the world’s largest plant and equipment safety platform — Plant Assessor.

Plant Assessor is now used by more than 1500 businesses and organisations throughout Australia and New Zealand to help capture and share machinery information, ensure equipment is safe to use and is accompanied by the right safety information.

This cloud-based platform was a world first when launched in 2004 and has evolved to become the leading product of its type, now holding detailed safety and compliance data for more than 105,000 makes and models of plant and equipment.

Because it is model specific, Plant Assessor contains a massive amount of intellectual property related to each machine, from specifications to detailed pre-start checks, risk surveys and risk assessment reports.

Specialists in utility equipment and operations

Plant Assessor is relevant to anyone who owns, operates, hires, imports, distributes, retails or auctions machinery and is used by businesses in every sector of industry, from sole traders running one machine through to the biggest construction, infrastructure, utilities, services and government organisations in Australia.

The platform has been used by a broad range of organisations in the utilities space for more than ten years and is used by major players including Ausgrid, ACTEW AGL, Transgrid, Sydney Water, SA Power Networks, SUEZ, Service Stream, Broadspectrum, Ventia and Downer Group, most tier one construction contractors, and more than 150 local councils.

As a result, Plant Assessor includes a massive range of specialised equipment utilised by utilities and waste specialists such as power distributors (borer erectors, truck mounted EWPs, cable tensioners, cable pulling winches, jinkers and pole extractors), water providers (sewer cleaners, pump stations, vac trucks) and waste businesses (mobile compactors, fixed auger and blade compactors, walking floor trailers, conveyors, balers, compaction loading systems, sweepers, bin lifters, trommel screens and hook bin bodies).

These utility businesses have access to non-generic risk assessments, safe operating procedures and pre-start checks for the unique equipment that they use in their operations.

Plant Assessor is constantly updated with new machines, specifications, legislative and other requirements, so you are always up to date.

Get it for free today

The good news is, anyone can set up a Plant Assessor membership for free, add unlimited machines and users, and use our non-generic, machine-specific digital pre-start checks for free — forever. Plant Assessor can be accessed at any time on any device, saving time and increasing productivity.

Premium features can be used on a machine-by-machine basis and long-term commitment discounts are available for larger users along with training, support and the other professional services required to implement a comprehensive enterprise wide system.  

If you’d like to know more about how Plant Assessor can help you manage machinery safety in your business and make your life easier, contact Plant Assessor on 1300 728 852 or visit

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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