Safety Tip of the Week – Heavy Equipment Safety

Heavy Equipment Safety

Consideration should be given to issues related to working around heavy equipment:

  • Inspect the equipment prior to operation to ensure that all lights and audible alarms are working properly.

  • Define a route and clear visual path for the operator when moving equipment from the point of origin to the work site.

  • Set up of the equipment at the work area should be stable and have enough space to allow the equipment and workers to perform the planed tasks.

  • Use 3-point mounting and dismounting technique off of heavy equipment – NEVER JUMP OFF HEAVY EQUIPMENT.

  • Establish a danger zone, that is, the working area where contact could result in personal injury or damage during operations.

  • Use predefined hand signals or two-way radios between the operator and person in charge of the work crew to accomplish any and all movement.

  • Maintain a clear line of site between the operator and workers. Blind spots are common. If you can’t see the operator, he can’t see you.

  • Use a spotter when heavy equipment is in motion. This requires communication between the operator and workers to maintain safe movement.

  • Always try to walk on the driver side of equipment as the passenger side has a larger blind spot.

  • Workers should keep a safe distance from all sides of the heavy equipment while it is in use.

  • Be aware of the swing radius on certain equipment and, if possible, cordon off the area with barriers or caution tape.

  • Wear high visibility clothing and Personal Protective Equipment

  • Never work under a suspended or overhead load

  • Always stay alert

Those who Plan Ahead usually keep a close watch all around!! 



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