Only professionals are authorized to handle heavy equipment in the Philippines. It requires hours, days, and weeks of training before anyone is allowed to use these machineries. However, despite careful training, there are still people who mishandle these heavy pieces of machinery. Often, it leads to ruined sites and broken equipment but there are times when it can lead to severe and fatal injuries.
No one wants to be responsible for any kind of loss – financial or otherwise – so these incidents must be avoided at all costs. There are ways to do this – ways to decrease the risk and probabilities of dangerous incidents. They may not be full proof, but they are guaranteed to help especially those who are just about to start their career where heavy equipment is involved.
If you’re curious as to what these ways are, we’ve listed them all below!
Perform Pre-Work Inspection
Sometimes the reason for these unfortunate incidents are machine malfunctions and not human error, which is why pre-work inspection is extremely important. This is when you check the condition of every component in the heavy equipment you are about to use.
Aside from inspecting the machine, you should also do a quick inspection of the site. Know where things are and where they are supposed to be. Overhead and/or underground hazards such as gas lines, hydro wires, and cables should never be overlooked.
If you see any potential obstructions, then make sure to move them out the way. Holes should also be marked properly so that workers don’t fall into them.
Follow Safety Precautions
As with any job, there are safety precautions that need to be followed. These precautions were set in order to limit accidents, so it would benefit you most if you follow them.
At most construction sites, the most basic precaution is to wear appropriate and protective equipment. This includes hard hats, googles, heavy duty gloves, long sleeve shirts, and the like. Steel-toed shoes or boots are also necessary to protect the feet from any objects that may fall.
Aside from protective equipment, there are also unspoken rules such as wearing your seat belt and others that are related to driving and operating heavy machinery in a confined location.
Respect Machine Limitations
Machines may seem powerful and sturdy but even these pieces of heavy equipment have their limitation. You should do your best to stay within these limits and not go beyond them even if you think the machine can handle it.
The slightest deviation may put a strain on the machine’s parts and components. They may not seem relevant at first, but these little strains will eventually accumulate and cause huge problems for operators. They may even render the machine unusable at some point.
So if there are load and weight limits, make sure to stick to them. Even the rules for operation should be followed. Avoid using equipment outside their intended use.
Always Stay Vigilant
A lot of things are going on in a single construction site and it’s easy to lose track of your surroundings. This, however, is not an excuse to be clumsy and accident-prone. Even as you are handling heavy equipment, you should still stay vigilant and aware of your environment. In fact, you should be extra vigilant when doing so because one small misstep can cause great losses.
If you’re finding it hard to stay focused while still taking in your surroundings, then try to take things slow. Don’t hurry the job up. Moreover, communicate with your fellow workers to ensure smooth and safe flow of operations.
Key TakeawayThere are many reasons as to why unfortunate accidents happen in construction sites. While it’s true that some of these accidents are unavoidable, many easily are. If only every worker followed the tips listed above and other important precautions and rules, then the number of incidents like this would drastically decrease. Developers should also be responsible for hiring and training these workers that will eventually make use of the different heavy equipment in the Philippines.