Keeping Safe with Mini Excavators

26th September, 2013

Mini excavators are a handy tool to have in any fleet, able to carry out big jobs in small spaces. But while small they’re still large health and safety risks and every effort must be made to keep a safe working environment for operator and the people around.

To reduce the risk of injury or accident on-site when operating a mini-excavator there’s much that can be done. The biggest thing you can do is to make sure that there’s as few people on-site when the min excavator is in operation. More people working or walking around the excavator, especially pedestrians, increase both the amount of things the operator must be aware of, as well as increasing the amount of people that can be seriously injured.

Increased visibility is ideal, a good cab should provide as wide a field of view as possible, allowing an unobstructed view of the area the excavator is working in. This is especially of importance when moving or slewing. Where possible a signaller should be working alongside the operator to help direct the operator and any people walking around site away from the path of the excavator.

Regular maintenance of the machine is paramount. Especially check the bucket attachment to make sure that anything attached to the excavator is fixed solidly and securely in place to stop it coming off during operation and falling on someone or something. Carry out any repairs needed and make sure cables are working correctly. Check the machine manual if you’re unsure of what regular checks must be made.

A fully trained mini excavator operator can help reduce on-site risk. Full training covers how to competently operate the machine as well as on-site best practices for safety. We’re able to offer Lantra training courses should you need them.

Safety on-site is always a large concern, and whenever you’re operating any kind of plant, even if it’s “mini”, you should be mindful of what you’re doing and others around you.