Most construction sites have at least one backhoe in service at all times, as it’s one of the most versatile pieces of equipment. While there’s no denying the benefits of using a backhoe for a variety of construction-related tasks, doing so improperly can put the operator and other workers at risk of serious injury or death due to an accident.
Here are four important backhoe safety tips to follow:
- Safety starts on the ground: Before you ever get into a backhoe, perform an inspection for damage and defects. If you find that something isn’t functioning as it should, don’t use the backhoe until it’s repaired.
- Watch for other vehicles and pedestrians: Many backhoe accidents are the result of other vehicles or pedestrians getting in the way. Always be aware of your surroundings, while letting others know your intentions.
- Stability is key: By creating a stable digging platform, you reduce the risk of slipping or tipping. Get into the habit of putting the stabilizers down before digging or trenching.
- Think before lifting: Not only do backhoes have lifting capacities, but you also need to consider the positioning of the machine. Lifting on a slope, for example, increases the risk of tipping or dropping the load.
While it’s important to follow these backhoe safety tips, there’s no guarantee that you’ll never be injured in a construction accident.
If something goes wrong, and you suffer an injury, stop what you’re doing, assess your condition and call for help.
Once you receive a professional diagnosis and treatment, consult with your employer and learn more about your legal right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.