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Heavy Equipment Safety

Our today’s topic is Heavy Equipment Safety. we will cover defination hazards, safety precautions & type of heavy equipment.

Definition of heavy Equipment :

Heavy equipment refers to heavy-duty vehicles, specially designed for executing construction tasks, most frequently ones involving earthwork operations or other large construction tasks.

Heavy Equipment Safety
Hazards of Heavy Equipment:
  1. Fire
  2. Crushing or rollover
  3. Falling into excavation
General safety requirements of Heavy Equipment as per KNPC standards:
  • Approved spark arrest (USDA marking) should be installed USDA marking.
  • Safety certificate validity 3 months but for new equipment it must be 6 month.
  • 2 numbers of Fire extinguishers
  • Third-party certificate for crane/boom truck/forklifts and Calibration certificate for PSV of air compressor.
  • The hot work permit should be available.
  • Kuwait construction licensed with third party certified for crane/boom truck/forklift.
  • Equipment cabin shall be free from a blind spot.
  • Trained signalman with flags.
  • 5*Deapth distance shall be maintained from the edge of excavation.
  • Don’t allow anyone underneath the boom of equipment.
  • Prevent usage of any loose cloth be operators which may entangle with control lever of the equipment.
  • Ensure usage of rearview and side-view mirrors.
  • Hydro test certificate of air receiving drum of air compressor if validity exceeds 5 years
  • Weep lash arrest for air compressor hoses and Chicago coupling.
  • Approved air supply hose with hydro test certificate.
  • While refueling at the site, switch off the engine and ensure no hot work within 15-meter radius.
  • Bonding and grounding need to be done before refueling.
  • A separate permit shall be take for the refueling of equipment.
  • For compactors check the on/off switch should be functioned properly.
  • There should not be any leakage.
  • Employee shall wear ear muff while using compactor.
Types of heavy equipment used in a construction site:
  1. Loader
  2. Grader
  3. Excavator
  4. Concrete mixer
  5. crane and boom trucks/dump trucks
  6. forklift
  7. JCB/wheel loader
  8. Bobcat/compact loader
  9. Air compressor
  10. Plate/Jaw/roller compactor

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