When dealing with construction equipment, it’s crucial to understand how to safely operate everything. Even if you’re experienced at using the machinery, it’s important to refresh your memory once in a while on safety guidelines. In general, there are a few basic safety tips that apply to most construction equipment.
Communicate Clearly With Others
One of the most important things to do on a job site is to communicate clearly with others to prevent accidents. You want to know where everyone is and what to watch out for while operating the equipment. Use two-way radios to communicate wherever necessary. If this isn’t possible, use clear, reliable hand signals.
Check Your Blind Spots
Before moving the equipment, you should always make sure that no one is in your blind spot. This sometimes means getting out of the vehicle and checking. A more convenient option is to have a spotter on the ground to guide you. Also, make sure everyone is wearing high-visibility vests because this makes it easier for you to see them.
Wear the Seat Belt
Just as wearing a seat belt can save your life and minimize injury in a car, a safety harness serves the same purpose in construction equipment. When working on rough terrain, you’re at a higher risk of falling if you don’t have your seat belt on.
Only Load and Unload on Level Ground
You can prevent rollovers and other accidents by only loading and unloading your construction equipment on level ground. You should also keep people at a safe distance away while the equipment is being loaded or unloaded. To ensure safety and stability, have a spotter assist you.
For clients throughout the Indianapolis area, QuickLifts rents and sells a wide range of construction equipment. This includes dozers, forklifts, backhoes, mini-excavators, man lifts, scissor lifts, boom lifts, skid steers, and telehandlers. We provide repair and maintenance service for construction equipment as well. To learn more, give our office a call today.