Our Reliability

World class equipment performance needs the right reliability improvement practices in our operation at each stage of our plant and equipment’s life-cycle. That’s what our Asset Reliability and Maintenance Management (ARMM) methodology does. It gives our business the methodology and structure to build the culture, processes and practices that create the world-class equipment reliability we need for low cost production with low cost maintenance. We create reliability and maintenance excellence that rapidly takes our business to world-class maintenance management and operational performance. With world-class processes, practices and behaviour we cannot help but get world-class productivity from highly reliable plant and equipment that have the lowest maintenance costs.

By employing ARMM methodology, Sheppard Earthmoving can:

  • guarantee use of best practice maintenance;
  • create failure-free equipment;
  • deliver outstanding operation of all plant and machinery;
  • encourage management and employees to create world class reliability solutions;
  • make our operation a highly reliable business that its people vigorously support;
  • build superior business processes that deliver failure prevention;
  • drive the ‘chance risk reduction’ mindset of a high reliability business, and
  • produce top quality services with failure-free, reliable equipment.

Some of the practices we employ to enact our ARMM methodology include:

Safety Inspection Program

By employing a prescribed and rigorous Safety Inspection Program we ensure that all plant used is regularly inspected and proactively maintained using the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules and, if applicable, in accordance with specific contract, licencing or operational requirements. Each plant item has an individual, customised service program which is documented. This means that no matter where the machine is, we can see at a glance the current service status of any item in our fleet.

Sheppard Earthmoving uses an Integrated Strategic Fleet (Asset) Management System for fleet servicing. This transparent, measurable and accountable management system encompasses functions including detailed service jobs, service reference documents, service reminders at the required intervals, safety inspection testing post-hire, and warranty claims management.

Documented pre-trip inspection checklists are also completed by drivers/operators to identify any safety issues or repairs that may be required. Safety issues are reported to the Supervisor, who reviews and certifies repairs. All inspection checklists/reports are then retained in the Plant Maintenance File.

Plant Maintenance File

A complete record on each plant in the fleet is kept. It includes basic plant information and information indicating the nature and due date of any inspection and maintenance operations to be performed on the plant, and a history of the inspections, repairs and maintenance that has been performed on the plant in question, including dates performed and specifics on the nature of the operations.


We use logbooks to enable operators to safety check the equipment before use, as well as record any faults that might have been found. Each plant item has a plant specific logbook which is mandatory for operators to correctly complete.

Safe Work Instructions

Our employees and supervisors use Safe Work Instructions, which are a set of written instructions for tasks that outline the preferred method of undertaking a task, whilst emphasising ways to reduce any risk of harm to persons, property or the environment. They also identify the sustainability issues that may arise from use of the machinery and equipment or be based on a task or process. Safe Work Instructions may be used to supplement or guide the training process and provide reminders for our operators on protocols and controls.

Plant & Equipment Risk Assessments

Legislative obligations requires reasonable care to be undertaken to identify hazards and environmental aspects arising from the transport, installation, erection, commissioning, use, repair, maintenance, dismantling, storage or disposal of plant and equipment. As an employer, we have a responsibility to undertake risk assessments to identify hazards and environmental aspects and mitigate risks to any employee and/or any other person legally at the place of work.

Part of minimising the risk or eliminating the hazard and environmental aspect, is conducting risk assessments on items of plant. By undertaking a plant risk assessment, risk ratings are given to plant items and recommendations are given to implement into the design and management of the each plant item.

We have developed checklists which incorporate the requirements of the relevant legislation.