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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.