As many construction workers know, working with heavy machinery is a dangerous job that should not be taken lightly. The simplest of mistakes can lead to serious, and often fatal, injuries.
If you receive a work-related injury related to heavy-machinery, you may be entitled to PA workers’ compensation, and should contact an attorney right away. Some of the most common types injuries associated with heavy machinery include back, neck, shoulder, knee, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are some safety tips you and your coworkers can use to remain safe on the job when working with heavy machinery.
Keep The Machines in Working Order
Even machines with the slightest malfunctions should not be used until the issues have been resolved. This includes loose parts, broken grips, and inconsistencies in operation (for example, a forklift or crane that keeps stalling). If something feels out of the ordinary when you are using a heavy piece of machinery, stop immediately and have it inspected and/or fixed. Make sure that all machines on the job site are regularly inspected and that all aging equipment is replaced. Also, it’s important to take proper care of all work machines. All moving parts on a machine should be properly oiled, all devices should be stored safely, etc.. For more information on the safety requirements for heavy machinery, check out OSHA’s Heavy Equipment and Powered Industrial Truck Use page.
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
When working with big machinery, it’s important for workers to protect themselves with proper safety equipment. Hard hats, ear plugs, gloves, goggles, steel-toed boots, etc. should all be worn if the duty calls for it. Also, much like the machinery you work with, your safety gear needs to be in good condition and must fit properly.
Use The Equipment Properly
If you have not been thoroughly trained on how to use a piece of heavy machinery, you SHOULD NOT be using it. If your employer asks you to use a device you have never used before tell them that you will not use it until you have been shown how. It’s best if there is some kind of class and test a worker must pass before operating a piece of machinery, as well as a safety manual available for employees at all times.
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits are available for those that have been injured on the job as a result of working with heavy machinery. If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown areas, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE consultation!