Excavator Safety and Compliance on Job Sites
Operating excavators must be done by certified professionals. This is because of the risks associated with heavy machinery and moving parts. Even the most competent person needs a refresher course sometimes, so we have provided a checklist of safety precautions and risk assessments to be taken when operating an excavator.
Before Excavator Operation
Before turning on the excavator, ensure that the mirrors are aligned and that your seatbelt is fastened. Following this, check that the controls are all working. Next, make sure that the propel system, sometimes referred to as tracks, is working properly. Finally, ensure that the site you’re working on has had all underground lines and structures marked so that the necessary areas can be avoided.
During The Use of an Excavator
First and foremost, never let other people ride in the bucket, cab or elsewhere on the machine. Secondly, yet no less important, reduce the excavator’s speed when working amongst rough terrain or in congested areas.
In wet weather, don’t hesitate to use the boom and arm to help navigate treacherous terrain. Using a scooping motion, the excavator arm can be used to pull along the cab. This technique is especially useful when travelling uphill in wet weather and will reduce the risk of rolling.
Keep the bucket low to the ground during transport. This increases the stability of the machine, ensuring high visibility and the safety of those on the job site. Always take the flattest path when moving the excavator. Excavators are heavy and have low suspension and the last thing you want to do is roll it.
Maintain a straight direction when travelling up hills because excavators aren’t made to travel diagonally. In the event you slip, you can always drop the bucket for stability.
Excavator Safety Tips After Operation
When turning off the unit’s power, be sure it’s parked on an even surface with the arm and bucket at ground level. Turn of the auto idle switch and run the engine at half throttle without a load for a couple of minutes to help the turbocharger cool off. Set the RPM to low idle before shutting the engine off and don’t forget to lock the cab when you’ve finished the job.
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