4 Safety Tips To Help Prevent Accidents With Heavy Equipment
When it comes to operating heavy equipment, it is important that you are properly trained on how to do so. Otherwise, people can get hurt. Here are four tips that will help prevent the risk of accidents on the job.
1. Watch Your Blind Spots
When operating a piece of heavy machinery, it is imperative that the operator be 100 percent certain that there is no in front of them, behind them or in their blind spots prior to moving. In most cases, this will involve getting out and checking around the machine to ensure no one is around. It is also a good idea to have anyone on-site wearing high-visibility vests and to have them make eye contact with the operator prior to walking into the vicinity of the machine. Another option is to have a spotter in a safe and visible location to direct the operator.
2. Wear Your Seatbelt
Just as you should in a regular vehicle, it is important that you wear your seatbelt when operating heavy construction equipment. If the equipment rolls over for some reason, having your seatbelt on could save your life. In addition, the seatbelt will ensure that you remain in your seat in the event that you are operating your machinery on rough terrain.
3. Be Careful When Mounting/Dismounting
When getting in and out of the machinery, you will want to be extremely careful. In a number of cases, stepping on and off can be dangerous. This is particularly true if you aren't paying close enough attention to what you are doing or if there is adverse weather. One thing you want to do is avoid jumping, as this simply increases the risk of injury. In addition, you should try to always ensure you have at least one hand holding onto something. If you only have one hand, try to have both feet properly secured. If you have one foot on a step, try to ensure you are holding on with both hands. These steps could prevent the risk of injury.
4. Be Aware of Load Limits
Each type of heavy machinery has its own load limits, so it is imperative that you are aware of those limits prior to operating a piece of machinery for the day. Keep in mind that, depending on the equipment, the load limits can significantly change. When you use a machine to lift objects, you need to ensure that the loads are properly secured with the appropriate attachments and that those attachments are in good condition. You will also need to ensure that all on-site workers are away from the area when loads are being lifted and moved.
For more information, contact your construction equipment supplier.