According to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) statistics, more than 90% of construction site deaths are vehicle or equipment-related. Many of these wrongful deaths could be prevented if proper safety precautions were followed.
Here are ten tips that can help prevent heavy equipment deaths and injury:
1. The vehicle or heavy equipment operator should inspect the vehicle or equipment at the start of every shift. All damage or problems should be reported before the equipment is used.
• The inspection should cover
• Windshield and wipers
• Defogging and defrosting equipment
• Brakes (both parking and service brakes)
• Operating controls
• Leaking fluids
• Headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals
• Seat belts
• Horn and back-up alarm (loud enough to be heard 200 feet away)
• Roll-over protection structure (ROPS).
• Cab shields or canopies on haulage vehicles.
2. Operators of vehicles should always wear a seat belt; this is true for non-traditional vehicles such as bulldozers, forklifts, loaders, and graders.
3. Only allow riders if vehicle is designed for them. Make sure they are buckled up.
4. Drive at a safe speed. Don't exceed the speed limit for the area.
5. Avoid distractions and watch out for other workers and obstacles.
6. Never smoke in the refueling area. Only refuel when the engine is turned off and there are no sources of ignition nearby.
7. Don't run the engine in an enclosed area unless there is enough ventilation.
8. Make sure your vehicle is not overloaded and that any load is secured and stable.
9. If you can’t see where you are going, have a spotter guide you when necessary. Never drive into an area if you do not have a clear view.
10. Watch out for overhead power lines that can cause electrocution. Keep all equipment at least 10 feet away from high voltage lines.
If you have suffered a heavy equipment injury or lost a loved one at a Kansas City construction site, the Missouri construction injury attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys can help protect your rights. We can help you get the worker’s compensation insurance claim that you are entitled to and help you determine if you qualify for any additional damages.
To learn more, contact our office at 1-888-348-2616 and schedule a free initial consultation with a Missouri work injury lawyer.
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