Heavy Equipment Operation Checklist

Heavy Equipment Operation Checklist

Your team’s safety is of utmost importance to us. For the most protection possible, here are best practices for heavy equipment operation.

Systems to check before each use
  • Brakes—The service brake system, emergency brake system, and parking brake system all must be fully functional.
  • Lights—Check headlights, taillights, and brake lights before operating heavy machinery.
  • Horns—Make sure your horn and other audible warning devices are in working order.
  • Windshield—Look over the windshield for cracks, and run the wipers to make sure they’re working, as well.
Added layers
  • All equipment must have rollover protection and protection from falling debris.
  • If your vehicle loads from the top, make sure it has cab shields or canopies to protect the driver.
  • Worker transport vehicles must have enough firmly secured seats for all travelers, as well as seat belts.
  • Modification of safety features or equipment capacity must receive written approval from the manufacturer.
Training
  • Any and all operators of heavy equipment must be trained for the machine.
  • Check the machines’ parts, equipment, and accessories at the start off each shift. Any defective or worn parts must be repaired or replaced before heading to the jobsite.
  • Vehicles with obstructed rear views must only be used if they have reverse signals louder than any ambient noise and/or if an exterior watchperson gives the okay that it’s safe.
Site hazards
  • Evaluate all roadways and worksites to make sure they’re well constructed and maintained to accommodate the equipment that is used.
  • Avoid operating heavy equipment under overhead lines.
  • Visually scan for any other worksite hazards or obstructions.

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