An Excavator saves countless hours at construction sites by quickly being able to move earth, dig, haul away debris, break ground, and many other things. But each of these tasks involves risk and to work safely you must understand how the excavator operates and how to stay safe.
Because of its size, and excavator can be difficult to maneuver and can easily present a hazard, not only to the operator but the workers around it
Just like with any machine, you should do a full inspection, both visual and hands on before you begin any task with an excavator. Be on the lookout for wear and tare, components that may be failing and anything that might cause a hazard. When entering make sure to keep three points of contact at all times and be sure your footing is secure. Test all the controls before you begin and walk though your task so you know where you are going and what might become an obstacle.
On any construction site there will be hazards. Some of them deadly. With an excavator you need to pay particular attention to power lines, movement, stability and what hand signals might be used to communicate. Always review the potential hazards ad don't skip any corners. Safety requires you know how to identify and avoid the potential hazards.
Safety with an excavator show be addressed on every environment it is in. Before you begin any task you must review the potential hazards such as; Can a worker be buried? Can the excavator be buried? Is the ground stable? How deep will the excavation be? How will it be back filled? As you work through your task numerous other issues will arise that you must know the answer to, including where the soil will be placed, how the excavation will be back filled, and what type of soil you will be working with.