Heavy machinery is absolutely vital in some industries, yet, it also poses a certain risk. The power it harnesses is a hazard not only to the surroundings but also to the person using it, which means that improperly operating such a force isn’t something that should come lightly. With this in mind and without further ado, here are five invaluable tips on how you should safely operate heavy machinery.
Start with training and inspection
Sending someone who isn’t properly trained for the job at hand is an accident waiting to happen. When handling a machinery weighing many tons or one capable of lifting incredible weights, this could put lives at stake. Because of this, focusing on proper training and even sanctioning people who show negligence during this training is an absolute must. Apart from this, even the best training process in the world won’t be good enough if the machine you’re using has a fault in it. When it comes to heavy machinery, it doesn’t have to cause a casualty to make a problem. For instance, it could cause a structural damage that can put the entire project at a financial risk.
Mounting and dismounting, loading and unloading
Most people assume that when inactive, heavy machinery is not dangerous. Unfortunately, this kind of assumption can be incredibly dangerous. Mounting and dismounting heavy machinery might be the cause of a fall. Depending on height, such an injury can be fatal. As for the preparation of the equipment in question, sometimes, the equipment requires a leveled terrain, properly constructed ramps or special care for the surroundings (in urban areas). This is why Raimondi cranes focus on simplified installation, as well as dismantling, which, makes this entire procedure, overall, much safer.
Be careful of blind spots
The second thing you need to understand when operating heavy machinery is that your orientation in space affects the safety of everyone in your closest surrounding. This means that throwing an educated guess or hoping that there’s no one behind you aren’t good enough. You need to be 100 percent sure. Keep in mind that, while you may be on the clock, it only takes a second to make a mistake whose consequences you’ll never be able to rectify. Therefore, you need to keep both of your eyes wide opened and maintain communication with your team, which brings us to our next point…
Communication is the key
While behind the wheels or levers of a heavy machinery, you probably won’t be in physical contact with other members of your team. Moreover, the noises that this machinery makes can prevent you from properly hearing what the rest of your team is trying to convey, which can be incredibly dangerous as a business practice. Maintaining communication with two-way radios is the key to avoiding above-listed blind spots, seeing as how you give your team an opportunity to notify you of a pending problem in time.
So far, we mostly focused on the consequences that operating heavy machinery may have on the surrounding but what about your own safety? Upon the impact, you’ll be moved by the force of inertia, not unlike that which comes from a traffic collision. This means that, apart from endangering others, your life will be at risk, as well. For this reason alone, it’s pivotal that you wear a seatbelt and there’s no excuse for ignoring this safety tip. As an employer, you need to sanction such negligence as diligently as possible.
At the end of the day, while the above-listed tips are applicable to most instances of heavy machinery use, depending on the vehicle in question, you might have some specific tips to abide by. This is why training and certificates are so incredibly important, to begin with. Furthermore, you should never take the alertness of your employees for granted and should insist that they are constantly updated with all the latest innovations and safety policies.
by David Koller, Negosentro.com |