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Heavy Equipment Safety Procedures and Regulations

Heavy Equipment Safety Procedures and Regulations

Practising safety when using heavy equipment is vital. It ensures that not only are your employees safe, but your equipment will remain in good condition for years to come. There are certain procedures and regulations that you must legally follow in order to meet the health and safety standards that have been set out. 

If you are using mobile cranes, construction equipment, mechanical plant and trucks from companies such as Babcock International, you need to comply with safety regulations to continue operating this machinery. 

 

Safety tips for different equipment

Different pieces of heavy equipment need specific safety practices according to their various issues. Below are some of the main safety practices for construction equipment, welding equipment and large trucks. 

 

Construction equipment safety practices

When using construction equipment, it is vital to remember to always practise basic safety, such as wearing seatbelts and checking that the equipment is not broken, or that what needs to be repaired is repaired quickly. There are other safety practices you should be implementing including the following. 

  • Assign an employee to do regular inspections of all pieces of equipment for what needs replacing, repairing or should no longer be in use. 
  • Ensure that employees are using the correct equipment for the job, and that the correct safety equipment is used and/or worn at all times.
  • Ensure that all equipment is maintained to an operational and non-hazardous manner, with regular repairs and inspections taking place.
  • Educate your employees on the dangers of the machinery and explain to them exactly how the machinery is to be used. 
  • If using electrical equipment, ensure that only properly trained employees are utilising this machinery. 

 

Welding equipment safety practices

Welding can be a hazardous job to undertake, even more so when the correct safety precautions are not taken. Following the basics, such as wearing welding helmets and non-flammable clothing, as well as maintaining the equipment go a long way to ensuring the safety of your employees. There are other measures you should take, which are outlined below. 

  • Prevent electrical shocks by ensuring that no employee is close to or touches any wiring. 
  • Protect eyes, skin and ears by ensuring that your employees wear approved earplugs or earmuffs, dry, hole-free insulating gloves and a welding helmet with the correct shade of filter lens. 
  • Ensure your employees are not welding near or in an area with flammable material that may catch on the sparks produced by welding. 
  • Keep all welding cylinders away from any electrical or welding circuits, to avoid explosions.
  • Educate your employees about pinch points, and keep all doors, panels, covers and guards closed and securely in place.

 

Truck safety procedures

Heavy trucks can be dangerous for employees to use. This is why you need to practice safety procedures such as regularly maintaining the brake system, checking for rust and ensuring that your drivers understand how to operate heavy machinery. The following are extra measures to take for ensuring employee and equipment safety. 

  • Check tyre pressure, tread, and size, as well as the side walls for lumps cracks and bulges. Both tyres on a dual wheel must make ground contact when the vehicle is on a flat surface.
  • Ensure that the steering operates freely from lock to lock and that the Power Steering Reservoir is full. 
  • Make sure that the windscreen is not cracked and that window-wipers are fully operational. 
  • The lights that need to be operational on any truck by law are: main beam and dipped beam (headlights), front and rear park lamps, stop, tail and number plate lamps, indicator and hazard lamps and reverse lamps. 
  • All bolt-on accessories must be fully secured, and it is vital to ensure that there is little to no rust on any of the body work. 

 

Other safety practices

Heavy equipment comes with a lot of responsibility, and safety rules and regulations. There are several general safety rules that you should follow when using heavy equipment, including the following. 

Invest in training
Your employees need to know how to use this heavy equipment and so it is important to invest in training when introducing new equipment or new employees. 

Always pay attention
On a job site, there is a myriad of distractions to call away the attention of your employees. Ensure that your employees are focused on the job at hand and they will remain safe and secure until the job is done. 

Set a slower pace
More often than not, a deadline has to be met. This means that many foremen rush jobs, which can lead to an unsafe working environment. Ensure that you work at a steady pace, without cutting corners, and your workers will remain safe. 

Safe practices when operating heavy machinery lead to well-maintained equipment and happy employees, so ensure that your workplace follows the correct procedures. 
 

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