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Preventing Equipment Damage Incidents Toolbox Talk

Equipment is expensive and can be easily damaged. Brief your crews on how to be careful and prevent damages to equipment.

Preventing Equipment Damage Incidents Safety Talk

There are many safety hazards that can be found on a construction site. Not because anyone is doing anything wrong, but because there are many things that can be dangerous. The number one goal on a construction site is to ensure that everything is being done as safely as possible.

Safety regulations and protocols are put into place to protect you and the ones that are around you as well. These rules are to also protect the equipment and supplies that are being used on the job as well. All of these things are very expensive and need to be taken care of to the best of your ability.

Damage That Can Happen To Heavy Equipment

These big pieces of equipment come with high costs. While the safety of the people operating them and around them is the most important, you still want to make sure you are operating heavy equipment with care as well. There are many things that can happen to machinery that can cause timeline delays or the company a lot of money.

  • Broken windshield or windows

  • Dings and dents

  • Damaged tires

  • Damaged tailgates

  • Damaged hoses and lines

All of these things can pose a hazard when someone goes to operate them. When equipment is not in top-notch condition, it shouldn’t be used until it is fixed properly. This is a safety hazard for many people when they fail to inspect machinery or use it when there are problems present.

How Damage Can Be Prevented To Heavy Equipment

There are a variety of things that can happen to machinery when you are working on a construction site. Proper maintenance should always be performed and precautions should be taken to keep the equipment in the best condition possible. Even when you follow those rules, normal wear and tears are still going to happen. There isn’t much you can do about that kind of situation.

There are some practices that you can follow to help make sure that you and your company get the most use out of their equipment. These are simple steps that any employee who is operating a piece of heavy equipment should follow. Safety protocols are all put into place to keep everyone involved safe.

Stay Within The Equipments Limits

There are rules and regulations that should always be followed by equipment operators. Signs can also be posted about proper operating regulations. When machinery is pushed to limits that it is not designed for, this raises the hazards that can happen. This can result in injury to yourself or damage to the machinery that is being used.

Not only should equipment be operated in the way it was designed to, only certified persons should be operating them. There are certifications and qualifications that should be obtained from employees using them. Operating them without these courses can only lead to mistakes being made.

Think about The Situations At Hand

It is so easy to see a situation in front of you and think that you can resolve it. That may be very true and might just work the way you need it to. Although, this does not mean that it will always work to your advantage. Before going outside of the proper usage of your equipment, notify the correct personnel to know what step they want you to take.

Notify The Right People

Taking charge of a situation that you are not in control of is never going to result in a positive manner. When there is a problem with the job, the right people need to be notified to follow protocol. These people are designated to be in charge for a reason. Always try to follow the right steps and notify the person above you when situations call for it.

heavy equipment on construction site.

How To Prevent Injury and Accidents On A Constructions Site

There are many things that employers can do to prevent injuries or accidents from happening while working. Safety regulations and protocols should be properly demonstrated and explained. Regular employee meetings should happen to review ways to improve safety and to check that regulations are being followed.

Around the worksite, there can be signs posted about safety standards and what should and shouldn’t be done in certain areas of the site. Some of the additional things that can be done are:

  • Try and keep a clean and tidy worksite. Good housekeeping can prevent injury to people and equipment.

  • Safety training should be provided for all employees, especially when first beginning a job.

  • Having proper signs displayed of what is allowed in certain sections of the worksite.

  • Always have employees wear proper PPE at all times when the job requires it. Some of the most common types that should be worn on construction sites are hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, steel toe boots, safety vests, ear protection, and harnesses.

  • Put the proper steps in to play where they are needed. Secure items that are at high surfaces that could fall and hit someone or equipment below.

  • Managers, supervisors, or whoever is in charge should do regular inspections and observations of the work being done. This can help to ensure all the right steps and precautions are being taken at all times.

  • Equipment should always be returned to the proper storing spaces that are provided for it. Leaving it out or even unattended when not in use can lead to unsafe circumstances occurring.

  • Proper safety precautions should be worn when operating heavy equipment. The seatbelts that are provided for the operator should always be worn when the machinery is in use.

Always Remember

Equipment damage can happen very easily when the precautions and steps are not followed by employees. Backing into stationary objects, not using careful observations when operating, and much more can leave the company needing to pay a lot of money in repairs to these big machines. You are not only putting you, your fellow employees, and the machinery at risk when you do not follow the regulations that have been given to you.

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