Eight inspections to ensure efficiency

By |  February 10, 2017

Safety inspections are critical for the well-being of your crew, and they’re essential to keep your machines operating at peak performance. This article presents eight easy tips to help ensure operator safety and keep your equipment running efficiently.

Many inspections can be done monthly, while some may be needed more often depending on individual operating conditions. When in doubt, always check with your local equipment dealer.

1. Check cab windows for good visibility and protection. Make sure all of the windows are in place and intact – not gouged, cracked or seriously scratched. Gouges, cracks and deep scratches can compromise a window’s integrity and increase its likelihood of breaking or shattering.

Photo courtesy of Hitachi Construction Machinery

Vehicle inspectors should use three points of contact when working on equipment. Photos courtesy of Hitachi Construction Machinery

2. Wash windows with an approved cleaning solution. Not all windows are made with the same materials, even on similar models from the same manufacturer. Check each individual machine’s manual to be sure you are using a solution that’s compatible with your windows.

3. Check the handholds around the cab and service areas to make sure they’re secure.

4. Check the steps on cabs and walkways. Non-skid surfaces should be intact. If any non-skid material is worn or missing, have your local equipment dealer repair or replace it.

5. On equipment where present, inspect screen guards over the windows and cab openings. Be sure they’re secure and in good condition.

6. Inspect operator seat belts and safety harnesses. Make sure your operators use them correctly.

7. Clean the cab of any unnecessary clutter and materials. Get rid of loose spare parts or trash that could affect the operator’s ability to control the machine.

8. Inspect fire extinguishers and water tanks to be sure they’re operable and easily accessible. Check the water pressure of the tanks.

Information for this article courtesy of Hitachi Construction Machinery – North America.

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Allison Kral is the former senior digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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