The three most important aspects of heavy equipment operation: Safety. Safety. Safety.
Jobs in the heavy equipment field can be both rewarding and challenging while allowing for the opportunity to work outside.
It’s hard work but for those that tackle this job day in and day out, they wouldn’t want to do anything else.
However, as with any job the risk for injury is there, especially when the job requires machinery capable of moving mountains and altering the terrain.
Safety with any job is a must but in this field, it is paramount.
Sad to say that some operators often bypass safety sets to either finish the job quickly or because they have done the work so many times before, they feel the need to skip certain safety steps.
Each year many heavy equipment operators are injured by accidents that could have been avoided, so always keep these few rules in mind no matter if your job is that of a loader, excavators, graders, bulldozer operator or working on a roller.
- Know your equipment and don’t be afraid to speak up if something seems wrong or you are not comfortable with the task.
- Unsafe practices, such as not paying attention while working or toying around on the job can be a danger waiting to happen.
- Serious and deadly injuries can occur if the equipment operator strikes a worker, or if the equipment is rolled over, so always pay attention to your surroundings, which means front back and sides.
- Always wear ear plus or noise canceling headphones.
- Make sure you and those on the ground or fellow workers have a good communication system going, such as hand signals or use of flags.
- Always wear a hardhat and high visibility safety vests.
- Make sure the equipment’s back up warning alarm is working and loud enough to hear.
- If there is a seatbelt, use it. One of the most deadly accidents in this field is rollovers and a seatbelt could help prevent injury during a situation like this.
- Always use extra caution when operating near roadways and open excavations sites.
- Never operate equipment while intoxicated or taking pain medications.
- Never jump onto or off the moving equipment and one should only enter and exit the equipment via the correct means of access.
- Never operate the equipment with someone on the equipment unless there is a designated seat.
- Never rush through a job just to finish early.