October 7, 2020

Check Before You Move

Years ago, heavy equipment was big, bulky, and slow moving. The operator could see well in all directions. Today, this equipment is heavy, large, and fast moving. Often the operator’s field of vision is restricted.

During a recent Weekly Safety Talk, Tom Ison’s crew working at ODOT 190624 (IR 70-Pump Sta ST-8 Rehab) reviewed the best practices before moving any piece of equipment.  They are:

DO A WALK AROUND
A. Before you climb aboard a piece of heavy equipment, walk completely around it.  Check to see if any persons or obstacles are in the vicinity.
B. Warn anyone who is in the way that you are getting ready to move the equipment.
C. If mechanics have been working on a rig, be sure they have finished their work and all have left.

INSPECTION LOGS
A. If your vehicle requires an inspection prior to use, review the previous log entry and proceed with inspection.
B. Make sure to report any and all defects that you may find and either fix the defect or take the equipment out of service.
C. While walking around, check all the lights, covers, hoses, tanks, any and all exposed connections for leaks or cracks.

LEAKS
A. Make sure to check under the equipment for leaks of oils, fluids or fuel.
B. Make sure there is a spill kit available capable of containing spill or leaks produced from the equipment.
C. Check all gauges during warm up.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Remove anything that can be damaged by moving equipment.
2. Review inspection log.
3. Check for mechanical issues.

Pictured is: Robert Ward, Shawn Ison and Josh Priest.  Nick Miller, not pictured, is the Project Manager.

 

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