Plate compactor Safety Tips.. 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.