Moving Equipment Safety

Moving Equipment

The best way to avoid danger from self-propelled units, such as cranes, dozers, and trucks, is to keep your eyes open and stay out of the way. Always make eye contact with the operator before entering a construction area.  Be especially careful when a vehicle is backing up. The operator should ask for a spotter to direct him into the space.  

RIDING ON OR IN VEHICLES – Don’t ride on any vehicles except those intended to transport you on or between jobs. 

WALKING BESIDE VEHICLES – Don’t walk alongside moving equipment. You can be killed or injured if the vehicle slides or turns, or if the load shifts, or if you slip. Don’t walk under loads on cranes or hoists.  Be especially careful not to touch the frame of a crane when there are power lines in the area. If the crane touches one of them, you’ll be electrocuted. Remember, too, that electricity can jump several feet, depending on voltage and weather conditions. So, in addition to not touching the crane, stay well clear.

OTHER EQUIPMENT – Not only vehicles, but moving equipment of any kind is dangerous. If, for example, you’re working on portable staging, scaffolding, or work platforms, stay off while it’s being moved unless it is designated for you to be on it.

STAY ALERT – Stay ahead by not getting behind (or along- side of) moving equipment. The more you’re alert, the less chance you’ll have of getting hurt.