SafetyWatch: Operating a mini excavator

July 15, 2019 -  By
Mini excavator operator (Photo: Greenius)

Photo: Greenius

Things to know and rules to follow when operating a mini excavator.

  • Know the machine‚Äôs limitations and operating characteristics. Never overload it.
  • Always wear the seat belt, if equipped. If the mini excavator is equipped with a foldable rollover protective structure (ROPS), do not fasten the seat belt when the ROPS is in the down position.
  • Keep in mind that all mini excavators have a secondary opening for an emergency exit, usually to the back of the driver.
  • Always have all shields and guards properly installed.
  • Inspect the machine and all attachments before each use as specified by the manufacturer and your employer/supervisor.
  • Read and understand all safety signs installed on the machine.
  • Know the location of other personnel and machines, and make sure they are a safe distance from the machine. Know the worksite. Be aware of potential job site hazards including overhead wires or underground utilities. Always call before you dig.
  • Look for any loose or damaged parts that can make operation hazardous, such as oil leaks, other dripping fluids, loose control cables and linkages or damaged tracks. Find your fire extinguisher location and check the engine lubricant and coolant levels.
  • Keep equipment serviced and know job requirements.
  • Be sure the machine is equipped with the proper bucket size or other approved attachments.
  • Wear proper personal safety equipment, which can include hearing protection, a helmet, work boots and safety glasses.

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