Equipment Damage Safety

Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Apr 18, 2018

When it comes to safety in general there are always rules to follow to protect yourself and stay safe from getting hurt. There are many precautions you can take on your work equipment to protect it as well so that is does not become damaged and in turn - hurt you. In today's #YHSafetyTips we will go over a few things you can do as preventative maintenance to keep your equipment up to code and to keep it up and running like it should.

Vehicles
-Make sure you are operating big vehicles as they should be. Do not push it to it's limits
-When a vehichle is broken down or stuck, use proper help. Do not try to do it yourself and cause more damage
-Be sure the vehicle you are using is inspected and up to code
-If you think something need replaced, get it check out right away. Do not wait until it causes more damage


Lifts/Forklifts
-Be sure the vehicle you are using is inspected and up to code
-Use proper forklift regulations when driving
-Examine equipment before use (check for any problems with brakes, steering, controls, warning devices, etc.)
-Consider the surrounding environment so you are not running into anything. Supply your area with rackguards and guardrails to protect your forklifts and your equipment

To learn more about how to safely operate a forklifts, check out our post on Forklift Safety

Loading/Unloading Equipment
-Be on level ground
-Use appropriate ramps and dock plates

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Lock-out/Tag-out
-If your equipment is needing repaired or is currently being repaired, you need to have a lockout/tagout tag on. Using equipment when it is damaged or in need of repair can cause more damage and you could also harm yourself in the process.

Load Limits
-Be sure your loads are secure with the proper rigging attachments to prevent it from falling and damaging anything.

To learn more about the lifting and rigging we sell, check out our Lifting and Rigging



Weather
-Weather can damage your equipment in many ways. Keep all equipment inside and if you cannot, then properly cover your equipment to keep it from being damaged. Rain, hail, heat, snow, and wind can significantly damage your equipment.



Inspections -Make sure you get inspectections on everything you use in the workplace as needed. Keep everything up to code and where it should be prevents equipment damage which will save you money and protect your workers!
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Keeping your equipment from being damage isn't easy. It is hard word and requires you to get inspections, take care of it and also follow the saefty rules to prevent damage and harm.

Did you miss last weeks post on Qualified Inspectors? Check it out here

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