Modern heavy railroad construction equipment includes a variety of safety features. Although they are useful, if the right practices and monitoring aren’t used, the equipment can easily become a hazard and possibly harm operators and workers. Here are three safety monitoring tips for construction equipment.
1. Ensure Proper Storage and Monitoring
If you store and monitor heavy equipment properly, you’ll notice that the lifespan and quality of the equipment are extended and improved over time. Improperly stored equipment is more likely to break down, as it is exposed to extreme weather conditions like intense heat, humidity, and extremely frigid weather. Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure the equipment lasts long and continues to perform as intended. On the other hand, it is also important to be moderate in maintenance as well. Opening the machines too often can cause damage to them over time.
2. Pay Attention to Load Limits
Railroad construction equipment has limits to how much weight it can move and hold at one time. If you exceed the limits that have been outlined by the manufacturer, you can put stress on the equipment, which can have long-term effects. Even if it doesn’t seem as though the machine was impacted by the excess in load weight at the moment, it can still experience failure over a long period of time.
3. Perform a Thorough Walkaround Inspection
Walkaround inspections can be carried out by workers before and after they need to start up heavy equipment. The process simply involves circling the machine and looking for any obvious signs of damage or safety issues, such as loose handholds or worn tires. In addition to that, workers can complete the inspection by ensuring the seat and mirrors are set up for maximum visibility. Thorough inspections will ensure that worker safety is prioritized and the machines are properly maintained. Walkaround inspections should be done in addition to regular maintenance checks.
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