They may not possess the raw power of their bigger brothers, but mini-excavators can still pack a mean punch. Don’t treat them as a toy, and observe all safety measures at all times. All it takes for an accident to occur is one tiny mistake, so it’s best to be vigilant and always use best practices during operations.
Take note of some safety tips on how you can properly make use of this incredible machine.
Regularly maintain the equipment to avoid any accidents.
It’s best to keep the mini-excavator in good working condition. This also means that checking all necessary parts like the bucket or boom, the rubber excavator tracks, and all necessary controls are functioning correctly before use.
It goes without saying that before operating a mini-excavator, or any piece of machinery for that matter, you must be trained in the proper handling of such equipment.
If training is unavailable, then you should at least, always read the safety and operating manual to learn as much as you can about the machine.
Mini-excavators usually come in much smaller sizes than their larger industrial counterparts.
Because of this, transporting them can be much easier. Whenever you’re loading your excavator on another vehicle, always make sure to strap them securely. Double check all attachments before the start of your travels.
Always wear your safety gear such as your Personal Protective Equipment.
This must include a hardhat, safety goggles or glasses, and noise protection like ear muffs. Nobody except the operator is allowed on the excavator at any time. Additionally, keep everyone else safe by cordoning off your work area and making sure nobody is within the danger radius of your vehicle.
Mini-excavators are powerful machines that must always be respected and never underestimated. Following these steps can ensure a safer and accident-free workplace for you and your colleagues.