According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction jobs. However, close behind, the #2 cause is being struck by a vehicle or other object. About 75% of these fatalities involve trucks, cranes, and other heavy equipment.
Operation of heavy equipment such as excavators, loaders, graders, rollers, and bulldozers should always be done by highly skilled operators who have demonstrated the ability and necessary skills to operate safely. Unsafe practices by either the operator or those around the equipment can create very dangerous situations. Serious injuries can occur if the equipment strikes a worker, or if the equipment is rolled over.
In this course, we will take a look at the various types of heavy equipment and important controls and safe work practices for heavy equipment operations.
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1. 29 CFR 1926.600, Equipment OSHA. (2014). Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10767
2. Heavy Equipment and Powered Industrial Truck Use, OSHA. (2014a). Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hurricane/heavy-equip.html#index
3. SafetyWorks! Toolbox Talks, Maine Dept. of Labor. (2002). Retrieved from: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Tips&id=75056&v=toolboxpage
4. Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry, CAL/OSHA (October 2013). Retrieved from: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/constguideonline.pdf