Construction requires the use of a lot of heavy equipment and machinery. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could cause property damage or injury to yourself or someone else.
Construction accidents happen when workers don’t focus or take the necessary safety precautions. But you don’t have to make the same mistakes if you can learn the best safety tips for avoiding heavy equipment accidents.
Below are the top three ways to ensure construction safety when using heavy equipment.
1) Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
Always be mindful of your surroundings before operating heavy machinery or equipment. Analyze all the people, obstacles, and potential hazards in the area, such as overhead power lines, underground gas cables, and innocent bystanders. That way, you can plan your actions safely and confidently before operating your equipment.
Do your best to clear the area of all obstructions, barriers, workers, and bystanders. Install the necessary warning signs to ensure nobody enters your workspace while operating your equipment.
2) Conduct a Thorough Equipment Inspection
Perform a complete inspection of your equipment before using it. Ensure the equipment is in top condition by inspecting its tracks, tires, engine oil, hydraulic fluid, hoses, booms, buckets, and other vital components. If you see any damage or insufficient fuel levels, make the necessary repairs and fuel adjustments.
3) Following Safe Operating Procedures
Follow all the proper safety protocols when operating your equipment, such as wearing your seatbelt and using the equipment for its intended purpose only. Remember that each piece of equipment serves a unique purpose, so don’t try to perform multiple types of construction tasks with the same equipment. Otherwise, it could result in disaster.
Would you like to learn more about ensuring construction safety while operating equipment for hire? Call Bison Plant Hire at 01285 862222 for more information.