Stay safe getting in and out of heavy machinery

When we think about safety, most of us think about the hazards that occur when engines are running and machinery is in motion. But did you know that, every single year, people are injured while mounting and dismounting? Workers sometimes forget that heavy earth moving machinery can be dangerous, even when it’s immobile. The good news is that everyone can stay safe by being aware and taking a few simple precautions.

  • Three points of contact – at all times
  • Inspecting handrails, steps and ladders – thoroughly
  • Vertical ladders versus staircases
  • Park in a place where the landing is flat and clear
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Most heavy earth moving equipment is mounted via a ladder or a stairway. The first rule that ALL workers should follow at ALL times is the maintenance of three points of contact. This means that, when climbing aboard, three limbs should be touching a surface at all times – either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. No excuses and no jumping off the last rung of a ladder.

If you’d like to find out more about workplace safety, please visit our other blog posts: 3 quick tips for staying safe on the worksite and 5 Tips for Safe Operation of Heavy Machinery.

Resolute Equipment is a leading supplier of heavy equipment in Australia, including earth moving machinery, parts and attachments. We have more than 5,000 items in our catalogue, including both every day parts and numerous rare pieces. Major brands, such as CAT, Komatsu and Hitachi, are covered, as well as OEM and branded products. Whether you’re looking for an engine, brand new earth moving machinery parts, reconditioned parts, used earth moving equipment or new heavy earth moving machinery, we can help. Browse our extensive range of earth moving equipment for sale Australia wide.

Note that this is article is only intended to provide general advice. Always comply with the health and safety accordance particular to your site or mine.

If you’d like to find out more about workplace safety, please visit our other blog posts: 3 quick tips for staying safe on the worksite and 5 Tips for Safe Operation of Heavy Machinery.

Resolute Equipment is a leading supplier of heavy equipment in Australia, including earth moving machinery, parts and attachments. We have more than 5,000 items in our catalogue, including both every day parts and numerous rare pieces. Major brands, such as CAT, Komatsu and Hitachi, are covered, as well as OEM and branded products. Whether you’re looking for an engine, brand new earth moving machinery parts, reconditioned parts, used earth moving equipment or new heavy earth moving machinery, we can help. Browse our extensive range of earth moving equipment for sale Australia wide.

Note that this is article is only intended to provide general advice. Always comply with the health and safety accordance particular to your site or mine.

Before climbing aboard, an operator should inspect handrails, steps and ladders. First up, it’s important to look out for debris, liquids, ice, oil and any other materials that might cause slippage. Second, make sure that the mounting equipment hasn’t been damaged since the earth moving machinery was last used. There could be breakages, sharp edges or broken materials. Thirdly, check that all bolts are where they’re supposed to be and firmly screwed into place.

When climbing vertical ladders, workers should face towards the machine and make sure that both hands are in use at all times. This means no carrying of bits and pieces – and certainly no making phone calls. On a stairwell, it’s possible to carry small items in one hand, as long as the other has a firm grip on the handrail.

Heavy earth moving equipment should always be parked in a place where there’s enough room for the operator to dismount onto a clear, flat surface. It’s surprising how many injuries are caused by landing on uneven ground.