Heavy Equipment Rentals: Seven Safety Steps
When you work in construction, you work with a lot of heavy equipment. Construction equipment is very helpful in getting your jobs done quickly and efficiently, and it can make your life a lot easier. However, if you’re not using it properly, you can end up in a serious accident. By following these seven safety steps, you can avoid construction equipment accidents.
Know the Maintenance Schedule
When you rent your construction equipment, the rental company is in charge of maintaining the equipment frequently. But sometimes things get looked over, so it’s always a good idea to make sure the equipment you are going to use is safe and has been examined recently before you start using it. By asking if the equipment has been serviced and checked recently, you can avoid any accidents that might have happened if it did by chance get looked over or wasn’t working right in any way.
Check Blind Spots
Just like in a normal car, construction equipment pieces have blind spots. When operating a machine, you should be 100% certain that there’s no one in any of your blind spots. This may mean that you get out of the machine and walk around it to make sure that there is no one nearby that could be hurt if you start operating it. You may want to have a spotter that will stand somewhere you can see them and let you know if your pathway is clear.
It’s also a good idea to let the people who are not using the equipment know where the blind spots are so that they can avoid being in them while you’re using the machine. You should also always make eye contact with the operator of the equipment before getting too close to the machine.
Wear Your Seatbelt
Another similarity between big construction equipment and normal cars is that you have to wear a seatbelt. The seatbelt in a big construction machine will help you stay secured in your seat if you’re working on uneven ground, and it will also keep you safe and secure if your equipment rolls over.
If your equipment starts to roll over, you might instinctively try to jump out of the machine, but this is even more dangerous than staying inside. It could roll on top of you if you jump out, and this would result in a serious injury. As long as you are wearing your seatbelt, you’ll be much safer inside the machine.
When you’re using a big piece of equipment, sometimes it can be hard to talk with the people on the ground. However, communicating with them can help avoid serious accidents. If you can’t hear the people on the ground, you can communicate with a two-way radio and continue to work safely this way. If a two-way radio is not available, you should create hand signals for communication so that you still know what the people on the ground are saying and the machine is being used safely. You can make signals for simple words like “stop,” “go,”, and “turn.”
Wear Protective Gear
Never forget your protective gear! When you’re working on a construction site, you have to wear a high-visibility vest and a hard hat. It may seem like a small thing to wear your protective gear properly, but a little goes a long way. Your gear could save you from a serious injury, and if you choose not to wear it you are exposing yourself to more opportunities for injury. Even if the job you are working on is small, always wear your protective gear.
Enter and Exit Safely
It may surprise you to know that getting in and out of equipment is one of the biggest causes of injuries on the job site. When people don’t use proper techniques of getting in and out of heavy machinery, they often fall and get seriously injured. You are a lot less likely to fall and get injured if you make sure you always have three points of contact – two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand at all times.
You should never jump out of the cab of a machine or carry anything with you as you get in or out of the cab. If there are any footholds or handgrips that are damaged or missing, you should replace them immediately in order to avoid any injuries.
Make sure all of your workers are properly trained on each piece of equipment. They should know how to operate each machine, the load capacity for each piece of equipment, and how to get in and out of each machine. When all of your workers know all of these details about the machines, you can avoid a lot of accidents.
Operating construction equipment can be very dangerous. Make sure to follow these seven steps to avoid accidents and injuries in the future.