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Construction Equipment Hazards to Avoid

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Construction Equipment and Safety Precautions

When you have a construction project underway, it goes without saying that you’ll probably have construction equipment and heavy machinery on-site to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, when operating such equipment, there are safety rules that all workers and operators on the job need to abide by. Knowing the common construction equipment hazards can help to avoid a serious accident. That said, here’s how to keep you and your workers safe.

Scissor Lift Safety

Although a ladder is great for most hard to reach places, when you have to go to greater heights, it may be necessary to use a scissor lift. Scissor lifts can bring you as high as 60 feet in the air. When at that height, taking safety precautions can help avoid a fall. Stay safe on a scissor lift by ensuring you have the following safety standards in place:


One of the best ways to keep your workers safe is to hold safety training meetings. Employers are required to uphold OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) safety standards for their employees working with hazardous equipment and materials. Safety equipment must also be provided to each worker that is operating such equipment.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

When utilizing a scissor lift, it’s vital to check your surroundings for any obstacles that could get in the way. Make sure the area in and around your scissor lift is free from power lines, cords, boxes, power tools, or any other items that could cause someone to trip and fall.

Test All Controls

Before getting on your scissor lift, be sure to test all emergency controls and make sure that the stop button is working correctly. You’ll want to ensure that you can cease the function of the scissor lift, should an emergency situation arise.


Keeping your scissor lift on a routine maintenance schedule will keep it in tip-top shape and proper working order. A well-maintained scissor lift reduces the risk of malfunctions that can cause an accident.

Ensure You Park Your Scissor Lift on a Level Surface

Putting your scissor lift on an uneven surface can cause it to overturn. Keep it adequately stabilized and secured. It’s also critical to ensure you abide by weight limits and do not use your scissor lift in high winds or dangerous weather conditions.

Construction Equipment Safety

Construction equipment that requires a driver/operator, such as excavators, forklifts, and skid steers, has its own set of safety hazards. Here are some important things to do before operating any construction equipment.

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