Excavator operations are essential in construction projects. However, these machines can cause significant damage when operated by an untrained individual. All excavator operators must be properly trained and aware of best practices before, during, and after operating the machine.
In the wrong hands, an excavator can become a liability to your construction business and will put those around you at risk of injury. Investing in professional excavator training courses for your staff will ensure that safety awareness is always at the forefront of your operations. In addition, it will safeguard your business and employees from accidents that could have otherwise been prevented.
Here at Edway Training, we provide industry-leading excavator safety training courses that inform and equip operators on how to properly and safely operate an excavator. Visit our website to schedule an individual course or take advantage of our group courses for your whole team.
Excavator Safety Tips Before Operations
- Conduct an inspection on the interior and exterior of the excavator, ensuring all mirrors, controls, and the propel system are in proper working order.
- Always wear a safety belt and ensure you wear the correct safety gear, including a hardhat, reflective vest, and safety-standard shoes.
Excavator Safety Tips During Operations
- Under no circumstances should you permit another person into any part of the excavator during operations. Excavators have an occupancy maximum of one person, which is reserved for the driver.
- During transport, it is best to carry the bucket lower to the ground to increase your visibility of the terrain in front of you and to help stabilise the machine.
- Never attempt to operate the excavator if you are not seated and secured, or while performing other tasks.
- When moving around the job site, move along the least sloped plane while maintaining an appropriate speed.
Excavator Safety Tips After Operations
- When shutting down the excavator, ensure it is parked on a level surface with the bucket lowered to the ground.
- After a full day of operations, it is important to cool down the turbocharger down. You can do this by switching off the auto-idle and running the engine at half throttle for a few minutes.
- Always lock and secure the cab before leaving the job site.
Following these few best practices will ensure you always operate an excavator safely, therefore minimising the risk of accidents and injury to yourself and those around you.
Fortunately, Edway Training offers Australia’s best excavator operations training courses, so visit our website today to book yours!