Workplace Safety Around Heavy Equipment 

 March 12, 2020

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Workplace accidents can cause serious injuries or even death, and they are alarmingly common. Many accidents involving heavy equipment can be prevented by establishing safety protocols, training workers, and enforcing rules.

Create a Plan to Prevent and Address Accidents

Any business that uses heavy equipment should have an incident management plan with specific procedures to identify and address potential sources of danger, as well as procedures to provide medical aid to injured workers. If an accident occurs, it should be thoroughly analyzed to figure out how and why it occurred and to take steps to avoid having a similar incident happen again.

Train Employees

Heavy machinery should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All workers who use heavy equipment should receive adequate training so they understand how to operate a machine and how to avoid injuries to themselves and others. Employees should be required to undergo refresher training on a regular basis.

Many injuries occur when workers fall while climbing on or off heavy equipment. Instruct workers on how to mount and dismount safely by using steps and grips and by maintaining three points of contact. Employees should only climb up or down when the vehicle is in a stationary position.

Identify Dangers

Before anyone begins working with heavy equipment, make sure any hazards, such as underground utilities, trees, and power lines, have been identified and marked as necessary. When heavy machinery is being used, restrict access to the area to only those people who need to be there. Make sure that everyone in the area knows when heavy equipment is being used, stays out of the area, and wears appropriate protective equipment.


Communication is essential to help workers understand risks and stay safe. Employees who use heavy equipment may not be able to see the area around them. In those situations, another person should serve as a spotter to warn the equipment operator of hazards and prevent accidents. Radios and walkie talkies can allow employees and managers to quickly relay important information.

Focus on Inspections and Maintenance

Routine inspections and maintenance can prevent injuries, extend the lifespans of heavy equipment, and save companies money in the long run. Have heavy equipment inspected and serviced regularly by professionals who have the right training and expertise. Require workers to inspect machines before they begin using them. Teach them how to spot signs that a machine may not be functioning correctly and instruct them to report any suspected problems.

Use Safety Equipment

Workers should wear appropriate protective equipment, which may include safety glasses, hard hats, gloves, and fall protection equipment when working with or around heavy machinery. 1st Aid Supplies offers several types of personal protective equipment that can reduce the risk of workplace injuries. Place your order today.

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