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How Safe Are Your Jobsites?

How Safe Are Your Jobsites?

Machine owners and operators face pressure to complete tasks quickly on a regular basis, which can create a dangerous situation if deadlines take priority over safety. All it takes is being distracted for a fraction of a second to cause equipment damage or injury to an operator or ground personnel.

Equipment damage and accidents mean lost revenue, reduced efficiency and decreased performance. Creating a strong safety culture is the best way to educate operators and other members of your team on the importance of working safely. Regular safety presentations and knowledge of the Operation and Maintenance Manual (OMM) can immensely improve the safety culture for your business.

Customize Safety Procedures

Safety precautions and walk-around procedures will differ by application and machine type. Guidelines and procedures for one application are not always going to be the same for another.

For example, telehandlers lift and extend their loads to great heights or horizontal distances, while landscapers occasionally work on steep slopes where it’s possible for machines to roll over. Also, demolition work with a hammer usually involves breaking concrete, which can generate flying debris. All of these scenarios should be addressed with tailored safety processes to anticipate any unsafe working conditions.

Some compact machines are fast and highly maneuverable, requiring more specific procedures, or even certified operators, to ensure safe operation. Skid steer loaders, compact track loaders and multi terrain loaders move quickly and often operate in confined areas or around people.

The type of work done by these machines can increase the chances of injury, machine damage and jobsite accidents. They’re also versatile, so operators will likely switch attachments several times per day, making visibility and tipping limits important areas of caution.

Below is a list of safety considerations specific to skid steer loaders, compact track loaders and multi terrain loaders and some other compact machines:

  • Refer to the OMM supplied with the machine
  • Inspect tires and wheels daily and sprocket rings and sleeves when needed
  • Check track, drive lugs and undercarriage bogies for damage
  • Remove dirt buildup and debris from the undercarriage
  • Clean windows regularly and inspect fans and defrosters
  • Replace windshield wipers and windshield washer fluid as needed
  • Inspect machine for structural damage or cracks
  • Carry attachments in a low position
  • Protect operator with a closed cab door or mesh screen facing front attachments
  • Remove the load and turn the machine downhill to correct a side slip
  • Avoid operating these machines on transitions

A jobsite can be a dangerous place, especially when safety measures are not enforced or are missing completely. Without a strong safety culture and a supporting action plan, problems can arise that may impact safety, property and equipment, job completion dates and overall costs.

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Categories: Agriculture,Construction,Landscaping,Snow & Ice Removal,Compact Track Loaders,Skid Steer Loaders