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Heavy equipment is needed on almost every construction project and workers often become complacent to the potential dangers that come with working with and around this machinery.
Construction workers should remember that working near heavy equipment puts them at risk for struck-by, caught-in and other hazards. Workers should always ensure that they only operate equipment they have been trained and authorized to use. In addition, keeping heavy equipment in good working condition is good business and can often prevent serious or even fatal incidents.
- Horns and back-up alarms must be installed and working!
- Operators need to inspect their equipment to ensure all safety devices and alarms are functional.
Seat belts must be provided and used by all workers using earthmoving equipment such as loaders and excavators.
Never move or operate earthmoving or compacting equipment which has an obstructed view to the rear unless the equipment has a back-up alarm or another worker is used as a spotter!
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