Operator Visibility Around Heavy Equipment Safety

Operator Visibility Around Heavy Equipment

In some cases, it is nearly impossible for an operator to see a person standing next to the equipment. An operator must always remain patient and cautious. Never proceed or use reverse to back into an area without knowing what is there.

Listed below are some of the more common safety tips to observe to help improve operator visibility.

Before operating at the worksite:

  • Ensure proper permitting has been issued and good communication on entry and exiting points on operating units.
  • Know the locations where personnel commonly work or visit. Understand where the restricted zones are located.
  • Identify traffic hazards, poor road conditions, obstructed intersections and areas where the equipment will be operating in reverse (parking, loading, and unloading locations).
  • Use a spotter at all locations where it is impossible for the equipment operator to verify it is safe to proceed. As a reminder, do not operate in a work area if it is not clear.
  • Ensure areas of overhead work and swing areas are properly marked and communicated.

Tips for improving operator visibility on the mobile equipment:

  • Make sure windows are clean and unobstructed.
  • Verify mirrors are clean and in a position to provide the best visibility to the ground, wheels, and adjacent objects.
  • While sitting in the cab, identify the areas of limited visibility and what level of risk each presents.
  • Ensure the back-up alarms, horns, and other audible controls are working.
  • Routinely inspect the condition of windshield wipers and replace when signs of deterioration exist.