Construction sites around the country have seen their fair share of incidents due to machine error, human error, or unprecedented events.
Those working with heavy equipment in the Philippines must consider every danger they might encounter during their shift. They must protect themselves and their machines from the usual hazards of working on construction sites.
Heavy equipment are large, intimidating, and mechanically complicated. They are built to handle demanding jobs, but their efficiency is only as good as the operators running them. In fact, seasoned operators know to use it with great care and respect.
The most powerful machines in the industry shouldn’t be subjected to extreme abuse, even if a deadline looms over them. Avoiding incidents that cause any loss in the business should always be prioritized.
If you’re working with heavy equipment and want to avoid terrible accidents, read these key pointers and take them to heart. Be a role model to other workers by showing them that there’s no excuse for careless work on the construction site.
Communication is key
Operators should always maintain communication with other operators and related team members. They should all be updated with the site’s current status and let them know if there is anything out there that can pose a hazard during the later stages of construction. It’s all textbook stuff, and no one should underestimate the advantages of communication, especially now that technological advancements in the industry are providing workers with clearer communication devices.
Seat belts please
The law of wearing seatbelts is universal, whether on the road or at the construction site.
“But heavy equipment are usually slow. What’s the point of a seatbelt?”
If the machine rolls or tips over, a seatbelt will keep the user from getting flung off. If you’re using heavy equipment with a broken or missing seatbelt, think twice before using it. Your life is worth more than a day’s paycheck.
Don’t abuse the equipment
Heavy equipment and related machines are designed to handle large tasks. They’re also susceptible to breaking down if overused by operators. This includes doing tasks beyond their means, like getting loaders to carry beyond their weight limit.
CAT machines may be built for excellence, but even the best in the market can falter if used poorly. Treat your CAT excavator or roller like you would like another human being by respectfully acknowledging their limitations.
Inspect your equipment every day
As with any complicated machine, it would do you well to do a quick pre-work check-up for dangers and parts that require repairs. You should also check the area for road dangers your heavy equipment should avoid. Large holes and site trash should be taken care of for the workers and the equipment.
Lastly, the best way to avoid accidents is to check your operator’s mental and physical well-being before sending them off to work. There’s no cure for human error, but preventing accidents before the shift bell rings can significantly affect the construction site.
Monark Equipment Corporation is the leading Cat® dealership and heavy equipment supplier in the Philippines. Established in 1962, it continues to be at the forefront of the country’s construction sector, committed to providing excellent and internationally acclaimed brands in heavy machinery and power systems machines for diverse construction projects and industries.