No matter what types of trenchers you are using, there are risks associated with all of them. Thus, it is required for one to be trained before starting to use trenchers, especially big heavy duty trenchers
Before starting to use the machine,the very first thing to do is to read the operator’s manuals that come with the machine before starting operating the machine. It is important to understand everything in the manuals completely. The attire for the job is also important. Wear safety attires such as comfortable clothes, safety shoes, safety goggles, hearing protection and safety helmet, or according to the safety attire in the company’s policy.
Checking the machines are also important; check for any loose, broken or missing parts and repair them before starting any jobs. Apart from this, also check that the safety devices on the machines are working properly. For example make sure that the seat belts and the buckles are working fine, warning lights and shields as well. Usually, there are warnings and safety guidelines on the machine itself, such as warning on parts that get hot during operation and take extra precautions while you all are near such parts.
As most trenching devices and machines are operating based on hydraulic, it is critical to check whether they are leaking or not using a piece of thick-paper or wood. The next step is to check on the radiator coolant. Addition of fuel can only be done when the engine is stopped and has cooled down. As fuels are dangerous and highly flammable, it is both important and mandatory to check that there are no sources of flames around while re-fuelling.
Next, it is advisable to research on the types of soil that you will be working on. This allows you to choose the best trenchers to work with. Apart from the types of soil, you must also check with the authorities whether are there any electric or gas lines at the job site. Although some trenchers are not very tall, it is important to check whether there are any overhead utility lines such as electric cables.
When you have checked everything above, you are ready to operate a trencher. While you are on the trencher, adjust the seat to a comfortable position and then fasten your seat belt. It is both important and mandatory to make sure that there is nothing surrounding you and the machine before starting to operate the machine. Similar to driving, make sure that the controls are in neutral position and the brakes are on.
When you have started the engine, test all controls to make sure that they are working fine. Start to operate the trenching devices and machines at slow speed. One both important and mandatory thing to keep in mind is that trenching devices and machines are designed only for one operator at one time, thus there are no riders allowed during an operation.
Other safety precautions include never make any sharp turns while digging as this might causes imbalance and the machine might topple. For hand-held trenching devices and machines, make sure that your hands are well away from the chains and augers.
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