QUICK TIPS — SAFETY FEATURES FOR OFF TRACK EQUIPMENT
Category: Product Support
Safety comes first when you’re working with equipment. Safe equipment operation involves establishing a job site culture that understands how to mitigate risks. Manufacturers do their part to ensure your safety during machine use. For example, Skid Steer Loaders includes features that will protect you from common hazards.
Upon entering your machine’s cab, remember to follow these steps for safe equipment operation:
- Enter while having three points of contact to minimize fall risk.
- Make consistent use of your seat belt
- Adjust all mirrors and side windows for best visibility
- Use your backup camera and make sure it has nothing blocking your view.
SKID STEER LOADER SAFETY FEATURES
Skid steer loaders come with plenty of features to protect the operator during use:
- Easy-open windows and backup camera: The ability to clearly view your surroundings and communicate openly with your team contributes to a safe job site. Skid steer loaders feature backup cameras that will show the area directly behind your machine. They also have windows that are easy to open, making it simpler to communicate with other team members.
- Rear exit window: When something blocks the machine’s front entry, you can use your skid steer loader’s rear exit window to get out.
- Parking brake: When a skid steer loader stops, it automatically releases the parking brake. Since the equipment hydraulically releases this brake, it stops your vehicle when the engine stops and it loses hydraulic pressure.
- Lift arm service brace: For safer operation, a skid steer loader has a lift arm service brace that one person can install and uninstall.
- Seat and arm bar switches: Some skid steer loaders have built-in seat and arm bar switches, and won’t start if an operator is not in the seat. These switches detect when someone drives the machine to ensure a safe startup.
UNEXPECTED SHUTDOWN LIFT ARM OPERATION
If the machine unexpectedly shuts down, the hydraulic accumulator and dead engine lowering lever will make lowering the lift arm possible.
OTHER SAFETY TIPS
As you operate your skid steer loader or another heavy machine, try these strategies for safer use:
- Stay alert at all times while operating your equipment.
- Use hand signals, two-way radios and other resources to communicate clearly with your team.
- Wear proper clothing and equipment in extreme weather conditions.
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