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No matter if you’re working on a construction site or within a manufacturing plant, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be working with large machinery. These powerful machines can make complicated and tedious work that much easier for everyone involved. However, because of their incredible power, they can also be very dangerous to handle. The following includes a few safety tips you should keep in mind when working with large machinery.
One of the most common mistakes made by newer workers is placing too much focus on their machines. Although concentration on what you’re doing with heavy machinery is important, it should never be the only place your eyes are focused on. Thus, the first tip on this list is to keep your surroundings in mind. What does that mean? For example, if your machine has many wires attached to it, understanding where those wires are can help prevent trip-and-fall accidents in the future.
Although large machinery is created to make our lives easier, they still require some manual labor to operate them. For example, silicone mixing equipment suppliers often require the employee to place certain items or components into their machines before they are used. As a result, if your hands are fatigued after hours of work, it may lead to a severe accident. It is highly recommended that you recognize your limits while you’re using these types of machines. These limits can include everything from the physical toll that comes from using a large machine to the amount of experience you have using it.
If you’re using a large machine such as a crane, having the right communication can make the difference between completing the job and ending up in the hospital. A spotter can help warn you about potential obstacles on the ground, in the air, as well as quickly catch any other mistakes you may be making. If, for some reason, your employer does not offer radios, practicing and utilizing hand signals may be your best bet in helping you keep yourself and those around you safe.
Working with heavy machinery is both a daunting and complicated task to take on. This is why it is so important to understand as many safety tips before getting behind the wheel of such a machine. The tips listed above are a great first step, but further research is highly recommended.