Safety Tips for Operating Specific Types of Used Heavy Equipment (Excavators, Loaders, Forklifts etc.)

by Mike Langthorne
May 24, 2024
2 Min Read

At Bright Star Auctions, we know that buying safe used heavy equipment is just the first step. Operating it safely is equally important. Here's a breakdown of some key safety tips for common types of used heavy equipment:

Excavators …

  • Be aware of blind spots: The area behind and beside the excavator is a major blind spot. Use mirrors effectively, have a spotter when necessary, and communicate clearly with anyone near the machine.
  • Stay within slope limits: Never operate an excavator on an incline that exceeds the machine's recommended grade rating.
  • Watch overhead hazards: Always be aware of power lines, trees, and other obstacles above the excavator's boom to avoid contact.

Loaders …

  • Maintain a safe distance: Keep bystanders a safe distance from the loader, especially when raised or carrying a load.
  • Travel with the bucket lowered and close to the ground: This improves stability and minimizes the risk of tipping.
  • Beware of tipping hazards: Avoid sharp turns with a raised load, uneven terrain, and overloading the bucket capacity.

Forklifts …

  • Conduct pre-operation checks: Ensure the forks are secure, wheels are inflated properly, and all safety features function before operating the forklift.
  • Lift only designated loads: Never exceed the forklift's weight capacity. Ensure the load is evenly distributed and properly secured with straps or a cage.
  • Travel at safe speeds: Avoid speeding with a raised load, and maintain a safe distance from obstacles and personnel.

General Tips …

  • Always wear a seatbelt: Fasten your seatbelt before starting the engine and remain buckled throughout operation.
  • Know your surroundings: Be aware of other workers, pedestrians, and vehicles on the worksite. Communicate clearly and avoid distractions.
  • Work within your limits: Don't operate heavy equipment when fatigued or under the influence of medication or alcohol.
  • Follow manufacturer guidelines: Consult the operator's manual for the specific equipment you're using. It provides detailed instructions on safe operation and maintenance procedures.

Remember: Safety is a shared responsibility. By following these tips and prioritizing safe work practices, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents when operating used heavy equipment.

Bright Star Auctions encourages all our customers to undergo proper training for the specific type of equipment they will be operating. We are committed to providing you with the resources and information you need to work safely and efficiently.

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