Heavy Construction Equipment Safety

The use of heavy machinery is imperative for various jobs. This equipment plays a vital role in success, which is why it is important to use them properly. Risks connected to heavy equipment can put one’s life at risk. Mounting, dismounting, using, and stopping such equipment all require specialized knowledge and specific methods. Following set rules will lower the risk of injury. These rules should continue with all equipment, too. Whether using a backhoe or a bulldozer, or making use of excavators or one of many other machines, you have to approach the use and functions with safety as your top priority.

Before using the heavy equipment, operators must have the appropriate training. Only qualified individuals should operate these large vehicles and machinery. Along with the training, they should wear the appropriate attire and make sure that the equipment is in good condition. Taking some time to check all of this will reduce the risk of serious injury if something were to go wrong or if there is an existing problem with the equipment. After putting on the clothes, search and examine the equipment to check for damage or issues that may affect the usability and safety. Fix any problems found before operating the machine at all.

When entering the vehicle, make sure to follow the 3-point contact rule. Once in the cab, check that everything functions normally. Look over all parts to avoid sudden failures or problems during operation. Remember to keep your safety attire and seatbelt on at all times of operation, as well. Once finished, park on level ground and bring everything to a complete stop. When you are certain that everything has stopped, remove the key and exit using the 3-point contact rule.

During loading or unloading, make sure that the equipment is on level ground capable of handling the weight. Park to allow for safe loading and unloading that is clean and reduces the risk of failure. Follow all instructions and guidelines for this task. Do not attempt if there is a problem with the vehicle or if there is anything that could cause instability, failure, or other dangerous situations. To avoid injury or problems during instability or a lost load, make sure that the area is clear, operate as instructed, keep the load within the limits, and follow all safety guidelines.

On slopes, only operate up and down the slope. Do not go side to side as that could put you, and others, at risk. When operating on a slope, make sure to follow the guidelines for the specific vehicle, as well. Operate it as directed to avoid injury, especially with heavy equipment like the bulldozer.

Backing is difficult with heavy machinery. Due to this, you want to make sure that the equipment has full viewing angles with the mirrors and a working alarm. You also want to have a spotter behind you to guide you in the right direction if necessary. To keep risks low, only operate the vehicle when the space is clear.

A clear space is necessary for safe operation. Any obstructions or obstacles should have clear markers to make avoidance easier. Operate in areas away from these obstructions or operate carefully away from them. Also keep the area clear of people. Only approved workers should remain on the worksite and they should remain clear of the heavy machinery. With machines like excavators or a back hoe, you also have to worry about swing radius. Keep the area clear enough for the full swing of these types of machines. Leaving a large space between the equipment and the people and obstacles will lower the risk of serious injury.