"Heavy Equipment Worksite Safety"
Heavy Equipment Worksite Safety 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.