Equipment Operator Training Tips

The most common cause of equipment repairs is operator error. Operators have to be able to recognize dangerous working environments and equipment irregularities, as well as know what to look for during daily walkaround inspections. Proper training is crucial to avoiding machine damage caused by negligence and oversight.

Always check the machine before working

A key part of avoiding equipment repairs is conducting daily walkaround inspections. A careful inspection helps you catch small issues before they become larger, more expensive and potentially dangerous problems. If operators notice any issues, they should report them right away and not use the machine until they are resolved.

The operator check should include:
  • Looking for any fluids on the ground around a parked machine
  • Fluid and battery levels
  • Tire condition and inflation level
  • Horns and lights
  • Safety gear including seat belt and backup alarms
Watch out for machine irregularities

A key part of equipment operator training is learning to be alert for potential machine malfunctions on the jobsite. Things to look for include intermittent electrical failures, inappropriate noises, cracks or other signs of impending breakage, and any damage to a machine.

Understand which situations increase the risk of overturning

Swinging loads too quickly can put machines at risk of tipping. Operators should transport loads carefully and not move faster than prudent speed limits. Never exceed the working range or lifting capacity of a piece of equipment and keep the machine as level as possible when operating.

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