Earthmoving is a vital activity in the building and construction industry. In the extract below, you will learn a few safety tips contractors should observe during earthmoving.
Use the Right Equipment
Each earthmover has its intended purpose. For example, an excavator should not be used as a crane. Know the limits of various earthmovers at the site. A crawler excavator, for instance, can work in rough terrain and muddy areas. Skid steer excavators and backhoe loaders cannot handle challenging conditions. You should also know what attachments to use on the earthmovers. For example, an S-U blade on a bulldozer is perfect for backfilling works while a U-blade is used to push materials.
Conduct some background research before hiring or purchasing earthmovers. Go for reputable companies known for manufacturing durable machines.
Earthmover Inspection and Repair
Inspect your earthmovers daily. Oil leaks could be a sign of worn-out oil seals or chronic engine problems. Earthmovers work under stress. As such, inspect the body and attachments for signs of cracks and dents. Check the functionality of the hydraulic system. Strange sounds could indicate water or air contamination. Besides, check the levels of the hydraulic, brake and transmission fluids.
Keep service records indicating when each machine is due for service and which components you replace during service. Use genuine parts and deal with a specialised mechanic or garage.
Observe On-Site Safety
Below are a few on-site safety tips;
Inform operators of low-hanging electric cables and tree branches. Besides, identify the location of underground water and gas lines.
Earthmovers should not be operated during rains and storms. Operators have limited visibility during such weather, thus increasing the risk of accidents.
Loading and unloading should be done on a level surface. Do not attempt to overload the earthmovers.
Do not overwork your operators. Fatigue could lead to impaired judgement and accidents.
Ensure the safety of your employees by asking them to wear protective clothing such as boots, reflector jackets and helmets. Use spotters to help earthmover operators to eliminate blind spots when working. Employees and operators should have a reliable method of communication. Flags and walkie-talkies are highly effective.
Take an employee liability insurance cover to prevent financial loss should any of your employees or subcontractors suffer injuries while working at the site. Your employees should have the necessary first-aid skills and emergency contacts to use in case of accidents.
Earthmoving safety is now easy with the above tips. Use the right equipment, regularly inspect the earthmovers and observe the recommended on-site and employee safety tips. Contact an earthworks company for more information.