Construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards on the worksite such as operating and being struck by heavy construction equipment. This course covers the safe operation of heavy equipment such as excavators, loaders, graders, rollers, and bulldozers, which 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.
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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.
To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.
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After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.
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Course 814 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.
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