Movement of Heavy Equipment – 10 Golden Rules
- Operate equipment in conformance with the equipment manual at all times. Ensure that equipment has all necessary safety features working, e. g. emergency stop, self-retracting line.
- Reduce unnecessary manoeuvring of heavy equipment by proper site planning (5S, site layout)! Review plans regularly and revise, if necessary. Avoid unnecessary plant movement.
- Track equipment only when supervised by banksmen. Additional banksmen may be necessary to supervise the whole operation depending on the environment and conditions at the site. Ensure good communication between operator and banksmen. Ensure there is adequate lighting, especially when working at night.
- When moving heavy equipment pay attention to existing structures such as piles, walls, anchor heads, platform boundaries, overhead power lines, etc.
- Pay the same attention to maintenance activities, such as washing or parking machines, relocating equipment, other site activities. Educate the surrounding personnel about the potential hazards and subsequent risks.
- Perform a dynamic risk assessment at the site if it is not a routine operation.
- Ensure that equipment is only operated by competent operators, at all times and at all locations (sites and yards).
- Follow approved procedures all times, even if you are experienced (risk of over-confidence).
- Be aware that the start and end of shifts, celebrations (carnival, Christmas, football games) can cause distraction and associated risks need to be considered.
- Ensure that equipment is moved only on safe, inspected platforms and within demarked areas.
Do Not Work if You Have Any Safety Concerns!