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Heavy Equipment (Dump Trucks, Commercial Trucks, Excavators)

Photo Courtesy of Thinkstock #48024725. Heavy equipment like this dump truck have many blind spots. Be sure to keep your distance, wear high visibility clothing, and maintain eye contact with the driver

Heavy equipment like this dump truck have many blind spots. Be sure to keep your distance, wear high visibility clothing, and maintain eye contact with the driver.

Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.

Dump trucks and other heavy equipment have blind spots and can expose workers on the ground to of being run over. Spotters are a proven method of protecting employees on foot behind vehicles with an obstructed view.

Other heavy equipment, such as excavators, cranes, and loaders, can expose workers who work on the ground or inside the equipment to serious hazards such as the following:

  • Being struck by (vehicles, equipment).
  • Falls from any height (operators tarping, inspecting loads, exiting cab of truck).
  • Moving mechanical parts.
  • Sprains and strains.

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  • Dust Inhalation.
  • Electricity.
  • Flying and falling objects and debris.
  • Heat illness.
  • Slips, trips and falls.

These hazards can result in serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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