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Skid Steer Safety Talk: Keeping It Safe on the Job

Skid Steer Safety Talk

Last Updated on January 29, 2024 by Construction Digest

Hey everyone, let’s huddle up for a bit! Today, we’re going to talk about something super important, skid steer safety.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh no, not another safety talk,” but trust me, this is stuff you’ll want to hear.

Skid steers, those compact and versatile little beasts, are a powerhouse on any site, but they can be tricky. So, let’s break down how to keep things cool and safe while handling them.

  • Know Your Machine: Each skid steer is a bit different. Some are more like a moody cat, others more like an eager puppy. Get to know the one you’re working with. Check the controls, understand its limits, and treat it like a new friend you’re getting to know.
  • Getting In and Out: Climbing into a skid steer isn’t like hopping into your car for a drive. There’s a proper way to do it. Three points of contact at all times, that means two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand. It’s like climbing a tree, you wouldn’t just jump on the first branch you see, right?
  • Seatbelts Aren’t Just for Show: That seatbelt isn’t there to keep the seat warm. It’s there for your safety. It’s like riding a roller coaster – you wouldn’t ride one without the harness down.
  • The Loading Lowdown: Loading a skid steer is an art. You’ve got to know your limits. Overloading is a big no-no. It’s like trying to carry all your groceries in one trip – ambitious but not always smart.
  • Take It Easy With Speed: Speeding in a skid steer isn’t going to win you any races. It’s about precision, not speed. Keep it slow, keep it steady. Think of it like maneuvering a shopping cart through a crowded store.
  • Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: When you’re operating a skid steer, focus is key. Distractions can wait. It’s not the time for multitasking. Keep your eyes on the job, look away and you might miss a crucial step.
  • Communication is king: Let people know what you’re up to. If you’re moving, turning, or lifting, give a shout or use your signals.
  • Handling Hills and Slopes: Hills and slopes can be tricky. Take them head on or back down safely. Don’t try to show off by taking steep angles.
  • Maintenance Matters: A well-oiled machine is a happy machine. Keep up with maintenance. Check the fluids, the tires, the whole nine yards.
  • Know Your Workspace: Keep an eye on what’s around you. Obstacles, people, other equipment, be aware of your surroundings.
  • The End-of-Day Routine: When you shut down, do it right. Lower your attachments, turn off the engine, and secure the equipment.
  • Emergency Situations: Know what to do if things go south. Have a plan for emergencies.

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