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Safety procedures are vital for heavy equipment

In our previous blog, we discussed how proper safety protocol is vital for companies that use heavy machinery as part of their operations. Before that, we discussed the case of the young man who was killed in a crane accident. Those posts all bring up the importance of heavy equipment safety. Understanding some basic safety points might help people who work around these machines and those who visit work sites on which these machines are present.

One of the most important things that operators of heavy machinery can do is to inspect the machine before starting the machine. This includes checking the service log to ensure that all necessary service on the machine has been completed.

Once the machine is running, it is vital that a clear path be maintained. This includes the space all around the machine, not just in the direction the machine is moving.

Operators should watch for dead branches and other hazards above the machine because those can lead to serious injuries. Watching out for other obstacles like cliffs and holes is also vital.

If attachments are being used on the machine, those attachments should be properly secured and inspected prior to each use. If there is any doubt about the functionality of the attachment, it should be removed.

When basic safety procedures aren't followed, workers and visitors can be seriously injured or killed. If you are one of the people who has faced an injury because of improper heavy equipment use, you should look into your options for seeking compensation for the injuries you suffered.

Source: Fairview Insurance Agency Associates, Inc., "Safety Tips For Operators of Heavy Earth-Moving Equipment Safety Tips For Operators of Heavy Earth-Moving Equipment," accessed July 23, 2015

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