How To Adhere To Health & Safety When Operating Heavy Equipment

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If you are responsible for operating heavy equipment at work, then you have doubtless already undergone very stringent and extensive health and safety training. There is an awful lot to learn when you are training to use such large pieces of machinery, and it’s a long road to getting qualified.

You are particularly prone to accident or injury in your line of work, and there is also a very high chance of you hurting somebody else, so it is essential that you never ever take silly risks or operate machinery while you are really tired.

No matter how much training you have undergone, you need to keep on top of current trends by always being up to date with health and safety laws. A refresher course is advisable at least once a year. In this article we are going to give you some refresher tips on health and safety when operating heavy machinery. Read on for more information:

Clothing & Safety Gear

No matter how experienced you are, it is essential that you never operate your equipment without wearing the correct safety gear. This means a safety hardhat and plenty of high-visibility clothing so that you can be seen at all times.

Your safety equipment should be in a good state of repair and kept really clean, and you should look to replace your helmet at least once a year. You should also wear steel toe-capped boots so that your feet are safe, along with a pair of protective gloves. In some cases, eye protection such as goggles is required.

Are You Safe To Work?

You should always ask yourself if you are safe to work before every shift. If you are feeling ill or tired then you should report to your supervisor and advise them that you are not fit for work. Don’t try and battle on, as the chances are that you will make silly mistakes because you are not feeling your best.

Equally, you should never ever operate machinery if you are under the influence of drink or drugs. You should be aware that a few drinks the night before can still have an impact the next day, so if you know you are working the next day then it’s best to abstain from alcohol altogether.

Is Your Machinery Working Correctly?

Before operating any sort of machinery you should ensure that the emergency stop button is working correctly. You will also have to perform other essential safety checks depending on the type of equipment you are operating.

Never get complacent and assume that everything is fine, or that somebody else will have carried out the checks – it is your responsibility to ensure that you are happy that the equipment is safe.

If you have been put in charge of machinery moving then you will need to follow specific guidelines on how to do this. Never take on a job unless you are absolutely sure that you are capable of carrying it out safely. Too much is at risk if you do not know what you are doing, so always err on the side of caution.

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Andrew Fernandes, the contributor of today’s post, is a freelance blogger and an employee at Halbert Bros. Inc., renowned machinery moving service provider. In his spare time, Andrew loves to play the guitar.

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