Heavy Equipment Worksite Safety by TPenney


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									      Heavy Equipment Worksite
Working around heavy equipment requires the ability to be aware of your
surroundings. This means you are always “on” because lacking the ability to pay
attention can and will end up in a safety disaster of some kind.
When you take on jobs in certain professions, there are certain expectations from
you. If you are handling a heavy equipment, whether a dump truck, bulldozer, crane
or any type of earthmovers, you are expected to be following rules of operation and
safety precautions. This is sometimes referred to as safety awareness.
Understanding and respecting rules and having common sense about safety is
imperative for getting and keeping your job in heavy equipment. No matter how
talented you are in digging trenches, or moving earth, you will quickly lose your job
if you are simply a “risk” to your employer.
Driving in any kind job with heavy equipment is a safety hazard in itself. There are
people and equipment moving around everywhere. The noise level can also create
chaos with trucks and other vehicles constantly coming and going and materials are
lifted and dropped. Being aware of your surroundings and understanding what you
need to do important and ultimately save your life.
There are accidents that occur every day working with heavy equipment. Some are
serious and cause death but many are minor accidents much like a fender bender in
the motor vehicle world. There are many that could have been avoided if operators
were more aware – more awake that day.

•       Watch what kind of clothes you wear. When you get up in the morning
        for work, think logically about it. Don’t wear loose fitting clothes. This may
        seem obvious, but for some people it isn’t. Loose fitting clothes and tractors
        (or any other kind of heavy equipment) do not mix and is a big heavy
        equipment safety concern. If it is cold, wearing long or excessively baggy
        jackets or a warm winter scarf, will keep you warm but can also kill you.
        Wear a neck-warmer if you need to drive a tractor in the cold. Make sure
        your clothes can not get caught on anything.
•       Watch your speed. Work shouldn’t be a race. Tractors are heavy and that
        additional weight can make them quite difficult to stop. Most tractor injuries
        involve rollovers. If you stick to a speed that is sage and by the book, you
        will reduce this risk.
•       Inclines can be dangerous. What goes up must come down. Do not try to
        drive a tractor up or down steep hills. If you are on an incline there is a
        much greater chance of rollover. Most tractors are not suitable or driving in
        steep terrain.
•       Safety checks include double and triple checking to ensure audible alarms
        and horns are in working order. These simple safety checks, which take
        seconds, may be the only way to warn people that a heavy equipment is on
        the move.

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