A recent fatality report highlights the importance of knowing the best practices when working on or around mobile equipment. Construction sites, highway construction, manufacturing plants (big and small) all use mobile equipment such as cranes, trucks, earth movers, fork lifts and / or other material handling equipment to help with their work.
Following are a few of the best practices for ensuring that you are not ”
Caught In“, “Struck By“, or “Run Over” by these machines:
- Only authorized persons should operate and maintain equipment.
- Always do a pre-task inspection of the equipment to identify any defects that might affect the safe operation.
- Ensure that all controls are maintained and functional as designed.
- Any equipment modifications must be original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts or must meet OEM specifications.
- Never position yourself in pinch-point areas while equipment is running.
- Operators must remain in the equipment cab while the machine is running.
- Never work or travel in the articulating area of the equipment without first locking and blocking the machine to prevent the machine from moving.
- Consider the turning radius and geometry of the equipment when evaluating potential pinch points.
- Never depend on hydraulic systems to hold equipment stationary during repairs or maintenance.
- Use a flagger or spotter to protect both the machine operator and pedestrians.
- Develop a “Traffic Control Plan” to control the flow of equipment, materials, and workers. The plan should be dynamic to maintain safe buffer zones as the project and work progresses.