Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Excavator Safety Tips

Safe Operating Procedure.

Safe operation can help meet performance expectations of mini-excavators. When operating mini-excavators, use common sense and follow these guidelines.


Before operating the machine, become familiar with it by reading the operator's manual and performing a basic walk-around.

A daily maintenance check should also be done to ensure a safe and trouble-free rental. If a problem is found, notify A to Z Rentals and Sales immediately, and do not attempt to operate the machine.

To prevent the engine from stopping during a lift or during excavation (with the possibility of a dangerous situation), check the fuel level to make sure the tank is full.

Make sure no one enters the danger zone while the machine is in operation.

The operator should wear sunglasses to prevent glare in the eyes.

To eliminate the possibility of a trench cave-in, don't undercut the tracks during excavation.

Before lifting, know the lift capacity of the machine, to prevent the possibility of a tip-over.

Check the security of the chain or hoist, and never use a bucket cylinder rod as a lifting point.

Avoid tip-overs.

There are several guidelines to follow to avoid tip-overs.

While the main function of the dozer blade is grading and back fill, it can also be used as extra support for stability when excavating on uneven ground. It also offers extra lift capability during lift operations. To avoid an unstable situation, be sure to raise the dozer blade before moving.

Use caution in rotating over the track with the arm fully extended.

The tracks should be on firm ground that won't give way during operation and the machine should sit as horizontal to the ground as possible. This will reduce the likelihood of tip-over and also provide stress-free work for the operator.

These safety guidelines should be a priority when operating any mini-excavator. If these guidelines are followed with common sense during operation, the machine will perform to your expectations and get the job done without the risk of injury or accidents on the jobsite.

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