Don’t Risk a Serious Incident or Major Damage by Doing It All Alone

To the untrained eye, operating earth moving equipment on a construction site looks effortless. The operator moves a few levers and suddenly large chunks of earth are picked up from one area and deposited to another. The landscape changes in minutes, and in a few hours, the job is done and the site is swarming with other trades.

Moving Earth with Large Machines Requires Experienced Operators

Of course, there is a very good reason why it looks easy. Operating this type of equipment is a skilled occupation requiring experience and, for large machines, licencing and certification by relevant authorities. Many of the tasks undertaken by these operators can be dangerous, and their knowledge of safety rules and techniques keeps everyone on the site safe.

We know that some do-it-yourself landscapers are keen not only to save money on their projects but also to test their skills with some of the less dangerous equipment. We understand that, but people must realise that often, the damage they cause costs them twice as much as if they had hired one of our operators.

A Dee Gees Bobcats operator can have the job done in half the time to a professional standard without any damage or danger to others. We have been called in on occasions to rectify the damage caused by an untrained person trying to do work that is beyond their level of skill.

Unskilled Operators can cause Major Property Damage

For example, excavating too close to a retaining wall can undermine the foundations. Depending on the soil texture, this can cause a section of the wall to collapse as the compacted soil is loosened by the operation of the machinery. This can jeopardise the integrity of the remaining wall, and be costly to repair.

Paving looks easy enough, and with proper preparation and care, a handyman can successfully create a paved path or recreation area suitable for a backyard. However, we have seen top-soil that has been carelessly removed, leaving an uneven area that then has to be smoothed out before work can continue. This resulted in a loss of time on the job, and the extra cost of calling our team in to rectify what for us, would have been a quick and simple task.

Serious Injuries and Equipment Damage a Consequence of Inexperience

On larger projects, the results of untrained people using machines such as bobcats and mini excavators can be much more serious than uneven paving. Overloading the bucket can cause the machine to become unbalanced and tip over, possibly crushing the operator or causing a similar hazard to anyone close by. Failure to keep clear of obstacles or other people on the site could result in substantial property damage or serious injury to others.

Why consider going it alone when you can avoid all these scenarios, and others not mentioned, just by contacting Dee Gees Bobcats? You will get a professional result without the stress.

Site Safety is Always Number One

Workplace Health and Safety is big business these days. Some people may not be pleased with the restrictions that are placed on some tasks. The truth is, without these accidents we would not have these restrictions.

Sometimes an accident or claim may be due to a case of tomfoolery or a too casual approach to a monotonous job.

More often than not though there is no doubt it is a case of learning by the experience. Through the recording and studying of past incidents, including injury and death, a pattern has been formed regarding the level of risk of all tasks, as well as what injuries or accidents are more common to which task.

The outcome of this study has led to the creation of sometimes very stringent guidelines that all providers must adhere to. Provide and abide or pay the fine. Because technology will keep providing new ways to achieve a better outcome this makes the area of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) a moving fabric.

It is important to stay flexible, not carve anything in stone and to always be prepared for an opportunity to evolve. This is why we choose to stay in touch with any updates that may arise in this industry.

Working With Heavy Machinery

Working with a bobcat or heavier machinery may incorporate many activities to complete a particular job. Any job will demand appropriate unloading and loading procedures, let alone the simple exchange of bucket to auger or similar, as required.

A project may also incorporate the use of accessories to the job such as chainsaws, lump hammers and large chains. All of these procedures and actions possess their own set of guidelines so that accidents can be reduced if not completely avoided.

Certainly, to operate a large vehicle you require the corresponding licence or certification.Dee Gees Bobcats value our operators and want to make sure we send them home to their families safe and sound each night.

Induction Training

To this end, staff members are fully trained and they receive a thorough induction process.

Our induction process incorporates all aspects of WHS in and around the machinery, depot, and worksites. This includes any storage or car parking areas, and even extends to any offsite storage of our materials and vehicles, should they be required.

All staff members learn the appropriate handling of machinery, level of protection, personal or otherwise, which is required, as well as good site behaviour and communication.

Keep Industrial Yards Tidy to Eliminate Safety Hazards

It has been proven many times through statistics gathered during workplace accident investigations, that poor housekeeping is one of the major causes of serious injury in an industrial environment. While these accidents and incidents are reducing in frequency and severity with better employee education and monitoring, unfortunately they still occur. Keeping work areas tidy seems like an unnecessary chore to some workers and managements, but a tidy workplace is much safer than one that resembles a bomb site.

Untidy Industrial Yards a Safety Hazard

Much attention has been placed on safety issues in the interior of factories, storage facilities, engineering workshops and other industrial facilities. However, the outside of these facilities and other workplaces such as landscaping suppliers and construction sites often look unkempt. The risk of a workplace injury or damage to equipment in these situations is high.

Cleaning up these areas and keeping them maintained is not difficult and can save the companies involved a lot of money in lost time, WorkCover and equipment damage. They don’t even need to take their own operators and equipment off line, when they can hire both from us here at Dee Gees Bobcats.

Yard Clean-ups Quick and Easy with Hire Equipment

Our range of equipment includes bobcats, tippers, rock grabs and breakers, and soil levellers. You may not need all of these machines for your industrial yard clean-up. Often all that is required is a bobcat to clean up and a tipper to take away the unwanted material. Our operators are fully licenced and experienced with this type of work.

Good housekeeping reduces the risk of what is termed in the OHS industry, “slips, trip and falls”. The types of injuries that could occur in an untidy industrial yard are puncture wounds from falling onto rusty nails, leg or arm gashes from brushing against sharp objects or worse still, head injuries from falling into old equipment hidden in long grass. It is amazing what we uncover in long grass when we are asked to tidy up an industrial yard.

Rubbish-Strewn Yards and Flammable Material are a Fire Risk

The other hazard that is often not considered in these situations is that of fire. When a fire starts in an industrial yard through a lightning strike, a careless cigarette or just through the combustion effect of rubbish and extreme hot weather, it can have catastrophic consequences. It could result in the loss of the entire complex if the fire is close to workshop areas where oil, diesel, chemicals and other flammable material is stored.

We have found that a clean, tidy and safe environment is a productive one. Once our Dee Gees Bob Cats team have worked their magic, not only does the work site look professional but the employees want to keep it that way.

Ensuring Safe Operation of Earthmoving Equipment

Because of the usual nature of the work, earthmoving machines are often associated with safety risks, accidents and even deaths. An earthmoving machine can potentially tip over or the operator could fall to the ground. If due diligence is not performed, the machine could go rolling on unstable ground and endanger the life of the operator. There are many cases where mistakes happen in the operation of such heavy equipment. Reasons for such disasters are diverse, but they can be prevented well in advance with proper precaution and preparedness.

Because of the danger and risks involved in the use of excavators and other earthmoving machines, strict guidelines are put in place to protect workers on site. Responsibility falls on the project manager and employer to ensure that workers stay safe while using earthmoving equipment.

Get Fully Trained Operator

Many of the accidents involving earthmoving equipment are due to errors made by the operator. Operation of earthmoving machines must always be taken seriously and not delegated to someone who is not fully trained in the aspects of precautions, proper control, manoeuvring, inspection, maintenance and the limitations of the machine being used.

It is the responsibility of the project manager and employer to see to it that machine operators have undergone sufficient training and experience to handle earthmoving equipment on site. A good way to ensure that machine operation goes smoothly is to have the machine rental company to provide an operator for the machine.

Dee-Gees Bobcats knows the importance of safe operation of earthmoving equipment. That is why the company provides excavators for rent along with fully trained and highly experienced operators. The company’s operators can complete various projects ranging from trenching, pool excavations, swimming pool demolition, drainage, under house excavations and general hire.

Equipment Quality a Must

The Bobcat and earthmoving equipment hire company also sees the importance of equipment quality in keeping workers safe in the workplace, so they can be trusted to provide safe earthmoving equipment hire every time. Some of the reasons for unwanted accidents and deaths in using earthmoving equipment are related to a malfunction of the machine. Surely, the operator can be blamed for not inspecting the machine beforehand, but the maintenance personnel also takes responsibility.

Dee-Gees Bobcats makes sure that its fleet of Bobcats and earthmovers are well maintained and in proper condition to do specific and varied excavation tasks. The company supplies machines ranging from a 1.5 ton combo up to 6 ton combo as well as attachments such as rock grabs, rock breakers, augers and pallet forks.

 

Safety and Prevention of Falls from Earthmoving Equipment

Working with heavy equipment always comes with big risks. Because of strict laws covering the safety of workers in the work area, employers and project manager need to be aware of the likelihood and the danger of falling from a machine.

For construction, repair or maintenance projects that require the services of an earthmoving machine, there is the risk of the operator getting injured or dying from a fall from the equipment. Safety guards and preventive actions must be undertaken to guarantee the safety of workers on site.

Risks Involved

Earthmoving machines are typically huge and are usually operated from a high position. Machine operators could fall from that height during actual operation. For instance, the machine could accidentally fall into a dug area or may not be equipped well to scale rugged, rocky or steep terrain. An accident could also happen during breakdown repair, inspection, adjusting controls, the seat or mirrors.

A worker that falls from an earthmoving equipment could possibly break his back, get a concussion, bone fracture, brain or spinal cord damage. If the fall is serious, it could lead to death.

Avoiding Accidents

With the risks involved in operating heavy equipment such as an earthmoving machine, proper management and controls must be established to promote the safety of workers. It does not matter if the excavation is for a small residential project or for a big building construction. Any work involving an excavation machine requires adequate attention to detail when it comes to safety.

Operation processes can be managed so as to minimise the occurrence of falls from the machine. For instance, cleaning tasks can be done from the ground using tools that can reach the top area. The worker should also make sure that the machine is parked on a level and safe ground when inspections or repairs are to be done.

Choose the Right Machine

Choosing the right equipment plays a big role in ensuring the safety of workers during earthmoving operations. When renting excavators, it is important to check on the reputation of the company providing the machines. Look for a company that makes sure they are offering safe earthmoving.

The company must be providing adequate inspection and maintenance checks to keep their machines in good working condition. Earthmoving machines come in various designs. When choosing the machine for the project, it is beneficial to look for machines with the right safety features. These may include safety guardrails that will protect the operator from a dangerous fall.