When you think about a front-end loader, two things certainly come to mind. The first one is machine with an automated scoop or bucket at the front for loading and unloading earth or digging. Secondly, you also get the picture of a hydraulic bucket or scoop with an articulated arm that allows it to be fitted on the front of different tractors. Either way, the safety implications don't change when you are using front-end loaders. If you have hired this machine for the first time, here are some of the safety tips you must know to prevent injuries in the course of work:
You need to be mindful of the pedestrian traffic around in the area you are using the front-end loader. Many accidents result when unsuspecting pedestrians walk too close by, under or work under a raised loader in operation. In case of a mechanical problem that sends the bucket or load tumbling down, then the people around could suffer major injuries. On that note, you need to put up visible warning signs to alert people of the impending danger.
Assess the area within which you will be using the front-end loader and take note of any obstructions. Note that the bucket at the front of the machine contributes to additional length that demands more space when the machine is turning. For this reason, it is imperative to keep the area as clear as possible when work is in progress.
A front-end loader's scoop or bucket is able to rise several metres high during operation. Besides digging and carrying earth, it is common to find workers using it for the wrong the purpose, unaware of the dangers it poses to them. First, don't allow them to use the bucket or scoop for carrying people from one place to another. The machine isn't designed for that. Secondly, do not allow them to attach the scoop to another machine such as a crane or truck in order to improvise it for other purposes.
The front-end loader relies on hydraulic oil to move the articulated scoop back and forth. When this oil is under pressure, it has sufficient force to penetrate through your skin and cause severe injuries. Additionally, the oil's high temperature can also cause severe burns if due care isn't given during ordinary inspections. In case of a problem, make sure that you relieve all the pressure from the hydraulic system before disconnecting any hydraulic lines.Share