Safety tips when using heavy machinery
Heavy equipment is essential for the regular operation of a large number of industries. It does simple tasks that would otherwise be complex. However, you cannot make use of it without knowing the appropriate safety measures that both its operators and the rest of the personnel in the work area must take.
For this reason, at Parts Conexions, we want to show you which are the basic safety measures for heavy machinery that your company must follow. Also, remember that before carrying out any type of operation, the Operator’s Manual of your equipment must be read carefully.
1.Check out blind spots heavy machinery
It is absolutely necessary for operators of heavy equipment to be 100% certain that no one else is in a blind spot. In general, the view from a large vehicle is somewhat limited.
For this reason, it is always necessary to have a staff member to indicate when the path behind the equipment is clear to reverse. Also, that designated person has to prevent other people from crossing while the moving vehicle backs out of the parking space.
Now, in case this watchdog is not available, it is the operator’s obligation to personally verify each of the equipment’s blind spots. It is for this reason that the use of safety vests that have reflective tapes should be mandatory in this type of area.
2.The way to go up and down
One of the most common causes of accidents when using heavy equipment is falls and trips when getting on or off the machine. For this, there is a general rule of safety in heavy equipment that consists in always maintaining three points of contact when entering or leaving the cabin.
When going up or down, never jump. The three-point-of-contact rule requires both of your hands to be firmly supported by the handles of the vehicle or the cabin access ladder. Remember to always face the machine.
In the same way, the stands are not a decorative detail, for this reason you must always keep them clean, without grease or oil. If any of these points are damaged, they must be replaced.
- Seat belts heavy machinery
When it comes to heavy machinery safety, wearing a seat belt is not optional. Not using them is really without excuse and passes more for an act of laziness that could cause possible injury.
A seat belt can save your life in the event of a vehicle rollover. In addition, it also keeps you firmly attached to the seat when you have to drive on very uneven terrain. This is how you maintain an additional preventive measure against the constant jumps of the machinery.
Remember to always inspect the fabric of the belt, in case it is torn or any of its parts does not work, you must replace it. In addition, regardless of its appearance, the complete belt assembly must be changed every 3 years.
- Load and unload the equipment (heavy machinery)
If you really want to be safe with heavy machinery, you should always be on level ground when loading or unloading the equipment. In this way, you greatly reduce the risk of possible rollovers and other costly vehicle accidents.
On the other hand, loading and unloading material can be dangerous to other people on the job site. Therefore, as in the first point, you need to have a member of staff to help you ensure that the area is free.
Also, when it is necessary to lift objects with the machine, check that the loads are secured with their corresponding accessories and rigging and verify that the load is within the lifting capacity range of the equipment in the Operator’s Manual. Check daily that they are in good condition.
In any construction equipment, working with heavy machinery can be risky if the necessary measures are not taken. Follow these safety measures, check your vehicles and their surroundings so that your tasks remain accident free.
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