Using backhoe loaders can lighten the load of heavy jobs, but there are safety guidelines that should be considered when operating this piece of equipment.
- Consult the operator’s manual
- Get familiar with controls
- Conduct a circle check. Ensure the machine is in proper working condition. Check for broken, damaged or missing parts. Do NOT use the machine if anything is faulty.
- Check overhead for obstacles such as utility lines
- Securely latch attachments
- Use handrails, ladders, and steps to mount the machine
- Use seat belts supplied by the manufacturer
- Do not allow extra riders
- Only operate from the driver’s seat
- Travel at safe speeds. Take terrain conditions and load weight into consideration.
- Never allow anyone to enter the backhoe swing pivot area
- Never swing the bucket over a truck cab
- Ensure all loads lifted are balanced
- Place front bucket in lowered positon to ensure stability and increase visibility
- Ensure that non-essential bystanders are not in the work area
- Do not exceed load capacities when lifting materials
- If possible, park on level ground
- Lower the bucket
- Engage the parking break
- Dismount using safety holds and steps.