SKID STEER SAFETY

This morning, fresh off of Thanksgiving dinner(s), our staff gathered to talk about skid steer safety in the factory.  Mark made everyone aware that you are never to operate a skid steer from outside the operator compartment.  Operators are always to seated when operating the controls.

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Mark prepared a list of do’s and don’ts for them to make certain everybody was clear about proper operation.

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DO:

  • Keep the restrain bar in place.
  • Keep your arms, legs and head inside the cab while operating the loader.
  • Plan to load and unload on level ground.
  • Travel and turn with the bucket in the lowest position possible to achieve maximum stability.
  • Avoid travel across slopes.
  • Travel straight up or down with the heavy end of the machine pointed down the hill.
  • Face the direction of travel as much as possible.
  • Keep bystanders away from the work area.

DON’T:

  • Exceed the manufacturer’s recommended load capacity for the machine.
  • Modify or by-pass the safety devices.

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