INTRO: Falls around construction equipment can have fatal consequences. Here are some additional points to consider when working with machinery or tools.
- Workers should never jump on or ride pump trucks. There is always the danger of catching clothing on pedals or other protruding parts. They could land on an uneven surface and injure their ankles, legs, or back and damage equipment.
- Workers should be instructed on the proper techniques for mounting and drilling equipment. They should always use handrails, handholds, and steps to mount or dismount self-propelled equipment. Workers should follow the 3-point system–either two hands and one foot, or one hand and two feet on the machine at all times.
- Never operate equipment (Forklift, Pump truck, Raymond Reach and Pallet trucks etc.) from any position other than the operator’s seat or control area.
- The equipment operator should never allow passengers to ride along. They are much more likely to fall from a machine when it is moving.
- Steps and platforms of machinery should be kept clean and dry. Take the time to clean off the water, grease, and other debris that can accumulate on these surfaces. Do not carry tools, chains, or other equipment on the platform.
- Always observe your workstation or areas for any safety hazards to prevent falls and maintain a safe environment.
- Safety is always first for self-protection and for your coworker’s well-being.