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  • Skid Steer Loader Like a Swiss Army Knife

    A skid steer is not a very complex piece of equipment, yet it is one of the most diverse Skid Steerworkhorses in the construction, logging, farming and landscape industry. It reminds me of a “Swiss army knife” several tools all in one pocket. I’ll admit this is a topic I’m a little short on experience, other than just plain common sense. So I’ve invited an expert who is involved in the manufacturing sector, building attachments for skid steers. Tom O’Brien is a partner on the sales and marketing team for Berlon Industries a “made in the USA” manufacturer who provides a wide array of attachments for the skid steer industry. Below you’ll find Tom’s thoughts on Skid Steer loader safety. If you would like to contact Tom direct, he can be e-mailed at marketing@berlon.com.

    Skid Steer Loader Safety

    "A skid steer loader is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment on farms and job sites because it can be easily maneuvered into tight spaces. Adding to its versatility is the multitude of attachments that are available to complete specific type jobs.

    Due to the nature of the design, and the fact that the machine is working, the center of gravity constantly shifts depending on the job, terrain, and the attachment being used. Generally the weight of the skid steer loader is concentrated at the rear of the machine between the wheels. While working and moving items with a bucket or attachment the center of gravity moves forward and higher.

    With this in mind there are several key safety factors to be considered while operating a skid loader.

    1.) Carefully review the loader manufacturer’s instructions and limitations prior to operating 2.) Be sure you are in the operator’s seat when you start the engine 3.) Never allow passengers on the machine with you 4.) Wear your seatbelt and keep it fastened at all times 5.) Carry your load as low as possible at all times 6.) Never lift, swing, or move a load over another person 7.) Avoid sudden stops, starts, or turns 8.) Never park a skid loader on a hill or slope 9.) Be careful not to overload the bucket, attachment or your machine 10.) Always keep your hands, arms, legs, and head inside the operator’s cab 11.) Never bypass or modify safety devices 12.) Be sure to identify any overhead utility wires in your work area and avoid them 13.) If you are digging know where all underground utilities are located 14.) Never operate a skid steer loader unless you have been authorized and properly trained 15.) Always wear snug-fitting clothing that will not catch on the levers 16.) Know your blind spots because in those blind spots could be people, vehicles, equipment, or buildings. 17.) Never use drugs, alcohol, or medication while operating a skid steer loader as these can and will impair your ability to operate or react

    Keeping your employees safe should be job #1. Following these recommendations will allow you and those around you, to stay safe while working on the job site."

    So there you have it. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Skid Steer Safety should be high on the list of priorities for any jobsite supervisor if he wants to make sure his employees are not only qualified operators, but he can also be confident that they are able to return to their families after the workday is over. You might also want to visit this link for further information https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib011209.html

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