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               STEP
                     General reminders.
                  1.
                      Plate compactors are safe and simple to operate.
                      However, there are a number of considerations to
                      keep operators and jobsites as safe as possible. It's
                      important to pay close attention to the basics.

                      Tight job deadlines and hectic work schedules can
                      cause even experienced operators to overlook
                      "common-sense" safety guidelines. Remembering
                      and following the safety tips below can minimize
                      the potential for accidents.

                        Review and follow the manufacturer's operating
                      guidelines for proper machine preparation and
                      start-up procedures. If renting, review these
                      procedures with the rental store staff.

                        Do not operate plate compactors or any
                      gasoline-powered machines inside a building or
                      other enclosed environment that is not fully
                      vented.

                       Keep hands and clothing away from the plate's
                      moving parts at all times.

                        Do not use or operate any equipment under the
                      influence of alcohol or drugs.

                         Never refuel a plate compactor unless the engine
                      is stopped and cool. Refueling a hot engine can
                      result in burns or explosions.

                        Make certain the work area is clear of debris to
                      prevent tripping or falling onto the machine.

                        Always wear headgear, plus ear and eye
                      protection when operating.

                      Ignoring any one of these guidelines could result
      in serious injury or property damage.




STEP
      Operating safety.
   2.
        When operating on a relatively level grade, a
      plate compactor will move under its own power
      with the operator simply directing its travel path.
      When compacting on a grade that is not level, the
      operator might have to take steps to ensure his or
      her safety.

        During uphill compaction, it might be necessary
      for the operator to swing the compactor's handle
      around and pull the machine slightly.

         Place compactors also tend to slide sideways
      when operating on a sloping terrain. To prevent
      the plate from sliding, steer the plate toward the
      rise of the slope to angle the machine.

        Avoid operating a plate compactor on a fully-
      compacted, hard or non-yielding surface. Running
      a compactor on these surfaces will inflict costly
      damage to the unit and could redirect the plate's
      vibratory forces away from the surface to the
      operator, causing injury.


STEP After operating.                                       top
3.
     Like any piece of equipment, a plate compactor
     requires proper service, maintenance and storage
     after operation.

       Whenever assembling, lubricating or adjusting
     any part of a plate compactor, stop the engine and
     disconnect the spark plug wire.

       Refer to the plate compactor's operator's manual
     for service specifications, intervals and safety
     issues.

       When not in use, cover the plate compactor and
     store in a dry place.

       Keep these safety tips and operating instructions
     in mind and you can be confident of working
     safely and productively.

				
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