Scraper Safety Guidelines
Only authorized personnel are allowed to operate powered equipment.
Know the location and function of all machine controls.
Clear the area of other persons before you start the engine.
Check all controls in a safe area before you operate the machine.
Understand the limits of the machine.
Keep the machine under control at all times.
Holes, obstructions, debris, and other work area hazards can cause injury or death. Always walk
around and look for these and other hazards before you operate your machine in a new work area.
Operate your controls from the operator’s seat only, and keep your hands on the controls during
Do not permit other people to ride on the machine as passengers.
This machine uses an articulating joint. Keep all persons clear of this pinch area when the engine is
running. Machine movement can cause personal injury.
A machine out of control can cause injury or death. You must make a judgment if weather and earth
conditions will permit safe operation on a hill, ramp, or rough ground. Adjust machine operation
Before operating a Scraper in a confined or suspicious (dangerous) area, know the limitations of the
machine and the operator.
Make certain that the soil will support the weight of the machine when traveling or scraping,
especially close to a bank or bluff.
Ensure that haul roads routes are free from overturn hazards of sharply contrasting gradients and
Never travel with your can raised. Keep the can approximately 2-4 inches off the ground to
maintain a low center of gravity. This will help prevent roll-overs and allow you to stop suddenly by
dropping the can if needed.
Many people die in roll over accidents by jumping out of the cab and getting pinned beneath the
machine. Never attempt to escape the cab during an overturn. To prevent death or serious injury
during an overturn the operator must remain inside the protection of the ROPS with seat belt
Never take anything for granted, just because you worked in an area the day before and all was OK
does not mean everything stayed the same overnight. Check carefully before an accident takes
Operating your machine in, on, or near a trench, high bank, or overhang is extra dangerous and can
cause injury or death.
The vibrations from this machine can cause the walls of a trench or high bank to collapse. If you
must operate this machine close to a trench or high bank, make sure the walls of the trench or bank
are braced. If you do not follow these instructions, you can cause personal injury or death to
persons working in these areas.
When mounting and dismounting, always watch for slippery surfaces and make use of the
handholds supplied by manufacturer.
Never scrape in an area without first KNOWING what is under the ground where you intend to
Make certain that you have overhead clearance for your machine at its highest working height.
Watch for overhead electrical wires. Scrapers make very good grounds for an electrical discharge,
so don’t let it discharge through you.
Always wear your safety belt and other safety devises such as hardhats, steel-toed boots, safety
Roll- overs are common in uneven terrain and on slopes, the operator must use good judgment and
keep the can low to prevent an accident. If a grade is too steep for safe operation, do not attempt
to use the scraper.
Be conscious of other workers when turning around. Many injuries occur like this. Don’t you be
responsible for one of them.
As with any other piece of equipment, make certain that the brakes, steering, clutch, etc. are
working properly before beginning work.
Do not modify the ROLL OVER PROTECTION or any of the safety shields on any piece of equipment.
Never work a machine at speeds to fast for the terrain or the conditions in which you are working.
Never forget. You are at the controls and are the one responsible for your safety and for the safety
of the workers around you.
Never perform any operation that you know is dangerous!
Use good judgment and good old common sense and most accidents – injuries will be avoided.
Notify your supervisor when you are sick, fatigued, or taking medication that may affect your ability
to safely operate machinery.