TOOLBOX TALK 09/60
TOPIC: EQUIPMENT DANGERS
OBJECTIVE: TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF EQUIPMENT DANGERS
Some things to know before you give your talk.
As a supervisor, you know the equipment used often creates dangerous conditions for those working around it. You should remind your crew of some of the common situations that they should watch for during their work activities.
Things you can do to prevent falls
- Being struck by moving equipment like vehicles, PTO driven slashers, tractors, trucks, etc.
- One should never assume that the operator will see them as they travel around the job. Due to design constraints, a lot of this equipment has poor visibility both forward and backward.
- Even though equipped with back up alarms, job noise may mask the sound.
- If they are driving a truck and have to back up into a job site or an area of poor visibility, tell them to ask someone to help direct them. If this is not possible, they should get out of the unit and check to make sure the area behind the vehicle is clear and then back up immediately.
- Tell them to stand clear of all swinging booms on equipment such as cranes and excavators.
- Tell operators to check to see that there is enough room for people to walk by or post cones, or best of all, barricade the area so that no one can pass through.
- The only place for riding on a piece of equipment is in a seat with a seat belt on. Your crew should never ride on the running boards, ladders or drawbar.
- Material loaded on the vehicle may shift and strike them, or they could be thrown off when moving over rough ground.
Try this for show and tell:
Visit a crane on the job or watch moving equipment and discuss how it is safeguarded or if additional precautions should be taken.
QUESTIONS YOU CAN USE TO GET THEM TALKING
- What can be done to keep personnel from being struck by a swinging counter weight?
- What is the best way to ensure that a backing truck does not strike another object or person?
- Why should you never trust the operator to see you?
- Has anyone ever had an accident – or know of one – involving moving equipment?
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