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On the publication with a restriction in the Official Journal of the European Union of the reference of standard EN 474-1:2006+A4:2013 on Earth-moving machinery under Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (Text with EEA relevance)
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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2015/27

of 7 January 2015

on the publication with a restriction in the Official Journal of the European Union of the reference of standard EN 474-1:2006+A4:2013 on Earth-moving machinery under Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Whereas:

  1. Where a national standard transposing a harmonised standard, the reference of which has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, covers one or more essential health and safety requirements set out in Annex I to Directive 2006/42/EC, the machine built in accordance with this standard is presumed to meet the essential health and safety requirements concerned.
  2. Two petitions have been addressed by the same person to the European Parliament referring to fatal occupational accidents occurred in Germany involving earth-moving machinery, claiming that accidents were related to the insufficient visibility from the driving position. The machinery concerned was designed in accordance with harmonised standard EN 474-1 Earth-moving machinery — Safety — Part 1: General requirements.
  3. As a consequence, the harmonised standard EN 474-1:2006+A4:2013 Earth-moving machinery — Safety — Part 1: General requirements, whose reference was first published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 28 November 2013(3) was examined by the Commission together with the representatives of the committee established by Article 22 of Directive 2006/42/EC. It was concluded that the earth-moving machinery designed and manufactured according to the standard does not allow the driver to have sufficient visibility in order to operate the machinery without a risk for the driver or third persons.
  4. As a result, the Commission concluded that the harmonised standard EN 474-1:2006+A4:2013 fails to meet the essential health and safety requirements provided for in points 1.2.2 Control devices (visibility of danger zones during starting) and 3.2.1. Driving position (visibility during operations) of Annex I to Directive 2006/42/EC.
  5. Taking into consideration the need to improve the safety aspects of standard EN 474-1:2006+A4:2013 and pending a suitable revision of that standard, the publication in the Official Journal of the European Union of the reference of the standard EN 474-1:2006+A4:2013 should be accompanied by an appropriate warning,

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