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.



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



  • 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.


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