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Our Guide to Heavy Equipment Machine Walkarounds

Every day you see heavy equipment running at your job site, you envision money trailing not far behind. But the same equipment that's paying the bills could also cost you if it's unsafe to operate.

Research shows that work-related illnesses and injuries led to more than 250,000 accepted workers' compensation claims in Canada in 2018. Unfortunately, construction represented a large percentage of these workers' comp claims.

Fortunately, you can prevent injuries simply by doing inspections of your equipment. A heavy equipment machine walkaround checklist can help with this.

Machine operator in excavator giving a thumbs up

Take a Walk Around the Immediate Area

A reliable heavy equipment safety walkaround checklist should highlight issues to look for in the area surrounding a piece of heavy equipment, like an excavator or dozer.

For instance, before using the equipment, you should check for any tripping or overhead hazards. These hazards may include clutter, debris, or even scaffolding that is not properly structured.

If you see any of these hazards, remove them before the machine operator begins to use the equipment.

Machine Components

A comprehensive walkaround should also include several equipment parts you need to examine before the equipment is used. This will further help to ensure a safe worksite.

  • Look at the machine's undercarriage for any visible signs of damage. Specifically, check for worn-out or missing rollers, as well as excavators and track tension. Replace these components if necessary.

  • You also need to evaluate the condition of the machine's sprockets. These devices are wheels that have teeth, which are designed to lock onto chains. The ends of the sprockets should be flat and tall, not dished, or sharp.

  • Additionally, look for welds or cracks in the spokes. If you see any issues with the sprockets, these wheels should be replaced before the machine is used.

  • Pay attention to your machine's tires as well. Specifically, check for screws and nails that have become lodged in them. You should also check for holes, general wear, sagging, and cuts. Replace the tires if you notice any of these problems.

Machine Fluids

Look for problems with your heavy equipment's fluids during your walkaround inspection.

  • Check for wet spots or puddles under your equipment.

  • Check your windshield washer fluid, engine oil level, and steering fluid level. If any of these levels are low, replenish the fluids before you allow your employees to operate the equipment.

Call Conquip for the Best Heavy Equipment Rentals in Alberta

Inspecting your heavy equipment with the help of a heavy equipment machine walkaround checklist can help you to keep your employees and machine operators safe. It can also save you money by preventing unanticipated costly repairs.

Fortunately, at Conquip, Inc., we take pride in offering high-quality heavy equipment rentals that can safely meet your need every time. Get in touch with us to learn more about our rentals and secure yours today!


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