June is national safety month! This year, make sure that you are taking the proper precautions to stay safe on the jobsite using these heavy equipment construction safety tips. There are several risk factors and dangers that you should be aware of. Follow the rest of these safety tips when working with heavy equipment on a jobsite to ensure a productive and accident-free work environment.
Stay Aware Of Your Surroundings
It is important to always be mindful of everything around you when operating heavy machinery. If you do encounter an obstacle, fix the problem and move on. Power lines should be de-energized, and all underground utilities including sewer, water, gas and electrical lines should have been clearly identified and marked to avoid damage and delays that could cause more work in the long run. During construction, other workers should be kept away from areas where heavy equipment is being operated. Operators should also be aware of their swing radius, especially when they are working in tighter spaces. This is to avoid hitting other workers, objects, or equipment in the vicinity.
Use The Equipment For Its Intended Purpose
Every piece of equipment is made for a single designated purpose. Bulldozers simply cannot do the same work as an excavator can, for example. Be sure to choose the right piece of equipment for your task at hand, and use it as the manufacturer intended. One essential piece of advice we have is to make sure you do not overwork or overload any piece of equipment, staying constantly aware and mindful of its capacity. If you are lifting materials, make sure that all riggings are properly secured beforehand.
Keep Your Workzone Clear
Ideally, every work site is separated with barriers to keep workers safely away from operating equipment. If there are workers in close proximity, it is best to use a spotter with a radio that can give signals and communicate what is in a machine’s blind spot. Backup arms on equipment actually go unheeded on many construction sites. When you are loading and unloading equipment at the site, make sure it is on level ground to avoid equipment rollovers. When the equipment is being turned off for the day, make sure your parking brakes are engaged and your wheels are locked in place.
Safety is extremely important to us here are Alex Lyon & Son. Working with or around heavy equipment should be part of your safety program, too! All workers should be thoroughly trained on the dangers and hazards of working with equipment before they operate it. Stay safe out there!
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