A construction site is an inherently dangerous workplace. The main goal of this session is to help you understand the importance of working safely near heavy equipment. At the end of the session, you will be able to understand the leading causes of heavy equipment-related accidents, identify dangers associated with heavy equipment, discuss what Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations say about working safely on or near heavy equipment, and learn basic precautions to stay safe on the worksite.
Why “Working Safely Around Heavy Equipment” Matters:
- The fatal injury rate for construction is higher than the national average for all industries.
- Struck-by accidents are considered a major cause of injury when working near or with heavy equipment.
- Each type of vehicle has its own blind areas, but there are common precautions employers and workers can take to stay safe.
- Pay attention to the leading causes of heavy equipment-related accidents.
- Identify and avoid dangers associated with heavy equipment.
- Follow your employer’s safety program to work safely on or near heavy equipment.
- Take basic precautions to stay safe on the worksite.