Operation of heavy equipment such as forklifts, aerial lifts, and cranes can be dangerous and should always be done by trained, skilled operators. These operators must be able to demonstrate their ability to operate safely.  Not only can knowledge of the equipment prevent an accident, but it can also provide more confidence in the operator as well.

Basic Equipment Safety Rules

Before operating a new piece of equipment, the employee needs to be fully trained.  They should have knowledge of how the equipment works, what it can accomplish, and how to properly use it.  After training is complete, they should be tested on the equipment.  Once their supervisor or trainer agrees they are competent enough to use the equipment, they always have the option to retrain and refer to their written programs in the future.

Crane Safety Tips

Cranes should be inspected prior to use by a competent person and operated only by qualified and trained personnel. Serious injuries and fatalities can occur when parts of the crane come in contact with a power line, workers are struck by the crane load, or during the assemble/disassemble process. Here are a few key items to keep in mind:

  • Inspect all rigging prior to use
  • Do not move loads over workers
  • Watch for overhead electric power lines
  • Do not exceed the load chart capacity
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions
  • Barricade the crane’s swing radius

Forklift Safety Tips

Only trained and certified personnel can operate a forklift. Ensure you are trained on the specific forklift you are required to use.

When operating or working near a forklift, a handful of risks can present themselves, such as collisions, falls, tip-overs, and struck-by hazards. Below are a few ways to prevent these hazards:

  • Do not use the forklift to lift people
  • Keep forklifts in good, clean condition
  • Watch for pedestrians
  • Do not raise/lower the lift while operating
  • Never exceed the rated load capacity
  • Always wear a seatbelt

Aerial Lift Safety Tips

Aerial lifts have become a more common piece of equipment due to their ability to move and be flexible in tough situations. With that being said, they also carry a long list of hazards associated with them. Only trained and authorized personal are allowed to operate these lifts. We are sharing some tips on how to work safely with aerial lifts:

  • Conduct pre-start inspections
  • Use wheel chocks on sloped surfaces
  • Do not climb or lean over hand/guardrails
  • Be aware of overhead clearances and objects
  • Do not drive with the lift platform raised
  • Do not exceed the load capacity limits

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