Excavators are used for many different construction projects. When it comes to operating one, there are some safety tips to follow to ensure you are safe on the job. Here are some safety tips for the next time you use an excavator:
UNDERSTANDING YOUR EXCAVATOR
Every excavator is different, so before you do anything, read up on your specific make and model. It is essential to thoroughly understand the one you are going to be operating. You can also read the owner’s manual if that is available to you. Going in blind will not make the job any easier!
LOOK AT THE CONTROLS
Even if you have had excavator training in the past, it’s important to take a look at the controls before operating one. Every machine is different, so getting familiar with this specific excavator’s controls will help you a lot.
LISTEN FOR ANY PROBLEMS
If you hear any strange noises coming from the excavator, stop using it immediately. This can be a safety concern. There could be something wrong with the machine, and you should get it checked out before you proceed to use it. It could be something minor, but you don’t want it to become a bigger issue with the excavator.
KEEP THE EXCAVATOR CLEAN
Maintenance on an excavator is more than just making sure the internal machinery is running correctly. The cleaner your excavator is, the better it will perform its job. You should make sure the hydraulic oil is changed regularly to keep it running smoothly. This should be done between the 2,000-4,000 hour mark.
USE THE RIGHT HYDRAULIC OIL
When you need hydraulic oil, use what is recommended by the company that made the excavator. Using the wrong hydraulic oil can cause the excavator to malfunction, break down, or overheat. Be safe and use the right oil for your specific excavator.
USE THE THREE-POINT METHOD
When getting in or out of the excavator cab, you should be using the three-point method. This involves having both hands and one foot or one hand and two feet in continuous contact with the excavator as you move the other limb. This is the safest way to get in and out of the excavator. You don’t want to risk hurting yourself.
CONTACT ATLANTIC EQUIPMENT
The excavator experts at Atlantic Equipment are here to make sure you are safe on the job. Contact us to learn more about the machinery and equipment we sell at all of our locations. We have locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Florida. Call us today to get in touch with our equipment team!