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CHECK BEFORE YOU MOVE
You've probably seen the havoc heavy construction
equipment can cause. Maybe you know of someone who was killed or badly injured
by being run over or backed over. And you may even have seen a parked car that
had been crushed. Usually, this kind of accident happens because someone fails
to take commonsense precautions.
BIGGER AND FASTER TODAY
Years ago, heavy equipment was big, bulky, and slow
moving. The operator could see well in all directions. Today, this equipment is
heavy, large, and fast moving. Often the operator's field of vision is
restricted. So now the equipment operator has to be more alert than he did a few
years ago to make sure he doesn't injure or kill a fellow worker.
TAKE A WALK BEFORE YOU RIDE
Before you climb aboard a piece of heavy equipment,
walk completely around it. Then you'll be able to see any persons or obstacles
in the vicinity. And you'll be able to warn any one who is in the way that you
are getting ready to move the equipment. With all the noise, it is sometimes
difficult to hear one more rig startup or start to move. If mechanics have been
working on a rig, be sure they have finished their work and all have left. Make
sure they haven't left any tools or equipment behind either.
of a worker on a runway job, who ate his lunch in the shade of a large sheep's
foot roller. Then he settled down to take a cat nap before going back to work.
In the meantime, the operator got on the tractor ,backed it up, and ran
the heavy roller over the man. Thirty
seconds of precaution on the part of the operator would have prevented this
time, a service operator drove up to a dragline and got off his truck to tell
the operator about a gas can he had previously placed in the rig. In a few
minutes, he got back on the truck and backed up. He ran over the crane oiler,
who was behind the truck and facing away from it. This shows why it's always
necessary to have someone signal for you when you're backing equipment or trucks
in places where people and equipment are working. We don't have many minor
accidents involving heavy construction equipment. Most of them result in serious
injury or death.
it takes a few seconds to walk around the machine or truck before you board it.
And it takes a few seconds to have someone signal you when you back such
equipment. But this time is well spent - especially if it saves someone's life.
It also saves the many sleepless nights you would suffer if you were responsible
for injuring or killing a fellow worker.
A FEW SECONDS CAN SAVE A LIFE
If you operate heavy equipment, remember that those working around it are at your mercy. Before starting or backing the vehicle, take the few seconds it requires to be sure that no one is in danger. You owe it to those you work with.
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