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10 tips for safely operating heavy machinery

MECN.com reveals ten tips that can adopted by companies for safely operating heavy machinery

According to a report by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), out of 4,674 worker fatalities in the private industry in 2017, more than 20% were in the construction industry, which equates to one in five worker deaths. According to the report, the main cause of these accidents include falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught between heavy equipment.

With the construction industry in GCC growing at an unprecedented pace, it is always advisable to pay a more robust attention to health and safety management, especially while operating heavy machinery. It has been noted by industry specialists that recent developments and regulations have definitely helped drive a positive change in behaviour combined with international companies driving their own global standards.

In light of this, MECN looks at ten tips that can adopted by companies for safely operating heavy machinery.

Conduct Visual Inspection

Conducting daily inspections can avoid or to an extent, reduce disasters while operating heavy machinery due to faulty equipment. Operators must conduct a thorough visual inspection before using the equipment by taking a lap around the machine and checking for any damage inside the cab. They must also be careful to check for other factors such as tire pressure, fluid levels, engine oil, etc. If a problem has been noted, it must be resolved immediately, while the machine is in a parking position. Maintenance services as well as securing attachments and making sure that moving parts are working well should be conducted thoroughly, and if it’s outside the area of an operator’s expertise, it must be performed by professionals.

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