Operating heavy machinery can be difficult, even for an experienced light industrial worker. But, with the right approach, you can safely and effectively operate a wide range of heavy-duty equipment.
Now, let’s look at 10 crucial tips for operating heavy machinery.
1. Maintain Open Lines of Communication
Use a two-way radio to keep in contact with other light industrial workers. In addition, double-check your surroundings before you start using heavy machinery. Since heavy machinery tends to be loud, it helps to maintain transparent communication at all times. In doing so, you can minimize the risk of accidents and injuries.
2. Assess Your Surroundings
Ensure you have ample space to use heavy machinery. If you identify any potential hazards, remove them before you start to use any heavy-duty equipment. Otherwise, if you lack sufficient space or fail to account for hazards, you could inadvertently cause an accident when you operate heavy machinery.
3. Understand Your Machine’s Load Limits
Do not exceed a machine’s load capacity under any circumstances. If you are unsure of a machine’s load capacity, consult the operation’s manual or ask your manager for assistance.
4. Wear a Seatbelt
Buckle up or use proper safety equipment any time you operate heavy machinery. If safety equipment is damaged or ineffective, replace it immediately.
5. Enter and Exit Cautiously
Carefully mount or dismount from machinery. Be mindful of what you’re doing and focus on the task at hand. Failure to do so could result in a fall and injuries to yourself and others.
6. Turn Off Equipment Correctly
Verify that a machine is off before you stop using it. If a heavy machine remains turned on or idle, it could roll away and cause an accident or injuries.
7. Beware Underground Dangers
In instances where you’re required to use a drill or digging equipment, identify any potential underground dangers in advance. If necessary, call a local utility notification center to determine if there are any cable, electricity, or any other underground wires that could put you or your peers in danger, too.
8. Watch for Overhead Dangers
Ensure your workspace is free of any power lines or other potential overhead dangers. If you identify any overhead dangers, address these issues right away.
9. Conduct Regular Inspections
Inspect heavy machinery and ensure it works correctly. You should perform daily inspections before and after each use of a heavy machine. Also, you should conduct regular maintenance to verify that a machine will continue to perform as expected now and in the future.
10. Avoid Fatigue
Heavy machinery is dangerous, and a fatigued operator can put himself and herself and others in danger. So, if you feel too tired to work, take a break. You can then recharge and rejuvenate your body and mind and return to your work feeling refreshed.
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