It is common to see heavy machinery on any construction site. But, if the machines do not work correctly, it can lead to dangerous side effects. So, implementing safety measures and tips for safe operation on the construction site will safely protect workers from accidents.

Follow these tips for safety operation in construction:

Personal protective equipment: The use of personal protective equipment such as helmets, eye protection, gloves, and steel-toed boots is essential. They help prevent accidents at work.

Wear gloves and shoes: They provide grip when on the machine. Please keep it clean to ensure maximum grip.

Secure your hands and feet: Do not use only your fingers or toes to keep you stable before entering the machine. Instead, place your whole foot and hand on the ladder and handle for safe entry. Also, avoid railings.

Use of ladders: If the machine does not have mounting-dismounting equipment, use a ladder to climb in or out of the machine.

When ascending and descending, use a three-point contact rule: Make sure the arms are always in contact with three different parts. This technique will keep you safe and ensure your weight is well distributed. Even if one of your hands slips, you can quickly regain strength.

Wear belts: Always wear a belt when working with heavy machinery. This will help prevent possible injuries in a collision, accident, or breakdown.

How To Keep The Construction Equipment Safe?

Carry out a regular inspection of the equipment. There should be a routine security check for each heavy machine. Perform visual and in-depth inspections daily, weekly, or monthly depending on equipment requirements.

There may be a possibility that heavy equipment will roll or slip on the steep edge. Ensure that the equipment has a Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) that protects the operator from tipping over and overturning.

Clean the debris collected by the device. Inspect the steps, handrails, pedals, irons, and cab floor for damage or defects. Debris can affect the performance of the device or cause damage.

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Check that the controls are working correctly. Make sure all backup alarms work properly so you can trust them during a crisis.

Observe the weight limits of the device. Do not transport heavier loads than the engine can carry. Doing so may damage the device or disrupt the device due to being overweight.

Park the machine on level ground. Improper grounding can cause the device to move or slip, even when parked.

Use the 3-point rule to get down safely. When leaving the machine, depressurize all hydraulic controls and wait until all movements have stopped. 

Train workers in the dangers of working with heavy equipment. Good training can help them cope with dangerous situations.

Source: MCSMAG