Operator error is the most common cause of equipment repairs. Proper operator training is essential to avoid damage caused by negligence and oversight.
Conduct daily walk around inspections
It is essential that operators perform daily walk around inspections for any equipment that is used on a jobsite. A careful inspection will allow small issues to be addressed before they become larger, more expensive and potentially dangerous problems. If any issues are noticed, operators should report them immediately and should not use the machine.
Examinations should include
- Looking for any fluids on the ground around a parked machine
- Fluid and battery levels
- Tire condition and inflation level
- Horns and lights
- Safety gear including seat belt and backup alarms
Look and Listen for Equipment Irregularities
It’s important for operators to be alert for potential equipment malfunctions on the jobsite. Things to look for include intermittent electrical failures, inappropriate noises, cracks or other signs of impending breakage, and any damage to a machine.
Wait for the machine to reach operating temperature
Operating equipment before it reaches normal operating temperatures can cause damage to the engine valve control components. Fuel and oil are not completely burned off at lower temperatures, which can lead to total engine failure.
Know what situations increase the risk of tipping or overturning
Fast swings of a load put machines at risk. Be sure operators are moving loads carefully and not exceeding prudent speed limits. Never exceed the working range or lifting capacity of a piece of equipment and keep the machine as level as possible when operating.