We can't emphasize enough the importance of excavation site safety. Industrial equipment, such as the crane, bucket, breaker and hoe pack can pose a serious safety hazard to crew and pedestrians if you fail to adhere to safety guidelines. We'll go over the procedures for ensuring a safe working environment.
Follow These Excavation Site Safety Rules
Establish Pedestrian Exclusion Boundaries
Use fencing or bunting to provide a clear boundary between working and pedestrian zones. Also, a signaler should be present at all times to guide vehicle operators through blind spots.
Be Aware of Undercutting
Undercutting happens when the bucket digs into the ground beneath the excavator's tracks. This creates the dangerous risk of a cave-in. The excavator's tracks should always be perpendicular to the trench to prevent the floor from completely collapsing.
No-Go Zones Within the Work Zone
Other than the signaler, no crew member should be permitted within the trench when an excavator is in operation. Also, no staff member should ever be under the bucket (or any attachment) for any reason.
Know the Excavator Limits
We always establish the capacity limits of our excavators. Never go over the load limit outlined in the load chart. Keep in mind that the excavator's lifting capacity also decreases as the load is lifted and moved away from the machine.
Employ the Thumbs Up Rule
Some of our clients enforce what is called the 'thumbs up policy.' This rule states that all ground workers must remain within the operator's line of sight and not pass the excavator until the operator gives the thumbs up.
Safety First; No Exceptions
Excavators aren't toys. They are powerful machines capable of causing bodily injury and property damage if crew members ignore safety guidelines. If you're aware and enforce all safety regulations, then give Active Excavator Rentals a call. Follow our directions to our company or learn about us and what we offer to contractors in Monroe and the greater area. We always stress excavation site safety for first-time renters.
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