If you are a heavy equipment operator, you most likely needed to take a safety course before being able to be licensed to use the equipment. After time, some of the habits that you use can get in the way of safe practices. You should regularly take a look at each movement you make during the day to ask yourself if it is a safe procedure or if there is a better way of getting the job done with less risk of injury. Here are a few tips you can use when getting in and out of your heaving equipment machinery. These will help you to avoid dangerous falls.
Follow The "Three Point Rule"
When you get into a piece of heavy equipment, you will want to follow the "three point rule". This rule is to check to make sure that you have three of your appendages safely in contact with the body of the equipment at all times. This means you should have two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot touching the floors, steps and/or handles of the equipment. Having fewer than three points of contact will cause instability and put you at risk of falling or slipping out of the equipment.
Utilize All Handles And Steps
When getting in and out of heavy equipment, do not skip any steps when walking up or down. Use the hand rails or handles with both hands to make sure you are anchored while moving to get inside or outside of the equipment. Always face the equipment when ascending or descending. If you notice any loose stairs or if handles are not bolted in properly, you will want to call the manufacturer of the machine or notify a heavy equipment repair service like Rotating Services LLC to make the adjustments needed to keep your equipment safe.
Keeping It Clean
There are several factors that can affect how you get in and out of your heavy equipment machinery. If there has been inclement weather, you will want to make sure all ice is removed from the steps before attempting to get inside. If it has been raining, dry the surface to avoid slippage. If your equipment has been repaired, you will want to make sure no grease remnants are on areas where you will be stepping.
Always keep the cab of the equipment free of any debris that may get in your way when trying to use the machinery, as well as when you are getting inside and outside. If you get your feet tangled around a tool, you may come tumbling out of the machine to the ground.