Safe operating procedures for Heavy equipment! (Part 1)

Improper procedures can cause injury, disability, or death.
By understanding and following safe operating procedures for use of heavy equipment, we can prevent injury for yourself and your coworkers.

Note : only trained and authorized operators shall be permitted to operate the equipment.

Personal protective equipment is mandatory and may include the following:

  • Boots or safety shoes
  • Eye/face protection
  • Long pants
  • Hard helmet
  • Hearing protection
  • Gloves

Pre-start/Walk around Inspection

  • Check for loose or worn parts and repair or replace immediately.
  • Check all fluid/coolant levels.
  • Caution: Open the radiator cap only when the engine is cooled.
  • Inspect hydraulic line connectors and hose for leaks before applying pressure to the system.
    Use paper or cardboard, not your hands, to search for leaks.
  • Caution: Hydraulic fluid escaping under pressure can penetrate skin and cause serious bodily harm.
  • Check tires for cuts, bulges, irregularities, abnormal wear and proper inflation.
  • A fire extinguisher and first aid kit may be mounted in the cab of some equipment.
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