Skid Steer Operating Safety by TPenney


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									Skid Steer Operating Safety

Operating safely.
                          ALWAYS BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELT
                         AND MAKE SURE IT FITS SNUGLY
                         AROUND YOUR WAIST.

                           When operating a skid-steer, exercise caution.
                         Recognize and avoid situations that could result in
                         an accident or cause property or equipment

                            Do not travel with the lift arms raised. Always
                         keep them as close to the ground as posible when
                         traveling or turning. This will enable you to
                         maintain stability and visibility to the front and

                           Never start moving until you're certain that no
                         one is in your path. Look ahead, to the sides and
                         behind the loader, so you know where everyone is.

                          A skid-steer loader is a one-person machine.
                         Never permit riders.

                           Travel up and down slopes with the heavy end
                         of the loader pointed uphill. Keep the lift arms low
                         and the bucket tilted back. If you cannot avoid a
                         steep slope, travel straight up or down -- never
                         across. Remember, with no load, the back end of
                         the loader carries the most weight; with a load, the
                         front end is heaviest.

                            Watch out for obstacles. Go around objects
                         rather than over or through them. Avoid ditches,
                         curbs and exposed railroad tracks if at all possible.
                         If obstacles are unavoidable, reduce speed to help
                         maintain control, raise the bucket high enough to
                         clear the obstacle and cross at an angle. When
                         traveling over rough terrain, travel slow to
                         maintain control and raise the bucket just high
                         enough to clear the ground.

                          Never operate too close to an overhang or gully.
                         Avoid drop-off edges.
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              To load a bucket from a pile of material, toe the lift pedal until
            the lift arms are all the way down. Toe the lift pedal to put the
            cutting edge of the bucket on the ground.

              Drive slowly into the material. Never ram the bucket into the
            pile of material. The greatest amount of power at the wheels
            comes with minimal steering lever movement.

              Once you're into the pile, heel the tilt pedal to raise the front of
            the bucket. Use the proper size bucket for the material being
            loaded. Do not overload the bucket. Overloading will cause
            instability and increase the chance of tipping the loader.

              With the load in the bucket and the bucket tilted backward, back
            away from the material. Never travel with a load obstructing your
            view; keep the lift arms down.

              To empty the bucket, raise the lift arms and toe the tilt pedal
            until the bucket is empty.

              Back away from the dump site, heel the tilt pedal to tilt or "roll"
            the bucket backward and then lower the lift arms.

              When dumping into a truck or bin, drive forward slowly and
            raise the lift arms until the bucket is just over the truck or bin. Toe
            the tilt pedal to keep the load level while raising the bucket. This
            prevents material from falling over the back of the bucket. Dump
            the load by tilting the bucket fully forward.

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