Lawn Scarifier / Power Rake

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Lawn Scarifier / Power Rake - Safety Guide – Read before Operating Equipment
WARNING - Some Hire Equipment can cause Death or Serious Injury if used or operated incorrectly.
Read and understand these instructions carefully before using this equipment. Know the controls and how to stop the unit quickly in an
emergency. Use common sense and lots of it. Your safety and those around you is your responsibility.
WARNING – Your own Risk Assessment should be carried out before commencing any work. Five steps to basic risk assessment.
1 Identify the hazards 2 Decide who might be harmed and how 3 Evaluate the risks and decide on precaution 4 Record your findings and implement them
5 Review your assessment and update if necessary.
For more information or Risk Assessments on specific equipment visit our web site www.allequipmenthire.com.au
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Always wear correct and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the job at hand such as but not limited to:
Safety glasses or goggles. - Ear muffs or ear plugs - Dust mask or respirator - Protective gloves - Close fitting protective clothing - Hard hat / hairnet
- Protective or safety boots and footwear - Weld mask - Harnesses.
• Be alert and cautious when wearing hearing protection as your ability to hear warnings (shouts, alarms etc.) is restricted.
• You must do your own risk assessment with regard to the correct PPE to wear.
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General Safety Guide
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Do your own risk assessment for all jobs to be undertaken.
Seek advice from your Doctor if you suspect you have any medical condition that may be affected by manual work or the operation of equipment.
Do not use machinery if you feel tired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication. Do take regular rest breaks.
Do not operate equipment that you are not licensed, unfamiliar with or are not competent to operate. Never let untrained people use the equipment.
Ensure you know how to operate it safely, and be able to shut it down correctly in an emergency or if you experience unexpected movement.
Check controls for proper response. Shut down the machine if a fault is detected. Do not try to repair faulty equipment.
Check the condition of the machine at the start and end of each day or shift and report any damage or defects. Do not operate if faulty.
Operate in clear open spaces were possible and if not possible be conscious of your surroundings and consider having an observer stand by.
You should never operate high risk equipment without someone observing you at all times.
Be mindful that using some equipment may change the structural strength of your surroundings. (e.g. demolition, excavation, trenches, wall removal)
Ensure clear access and egress to where you are working. Always keep the work area well lit and hazard free. A tidy work area is a safe area.
Always have secure footing and balance and firm two handed grip. Never work on damp, wet or slippery surfaces. Use harnesses where applicable.
Always run and operate machines and equipment on flat, level and solid ground.
Do not overreach. Hand tools should not be used above shoulder height. Keep all controls, handles and levers clean, dry and free from oil & fuel etc.
Prolonged use of hand operated equipment exposes the user to vibrations. Stop using the tool if they feel numbness or inability to feel temperatures.
Always keep guards in place and in working order. Do not continue to use faulty or damaged equipment. Keep hands away from moving parts.
Do not wear loose clothing, gloves, neckties, rings, bracelets or other jewellery which may get caught in the moving parts. Use hair nets.
Select the correct equipment for the job you are undertaking. Always use the right tools. Keep hands and fingers away from pinch areas.
Never permit children, other people or animals to loiter near the work area.
Do not fool around while operating equipment; always keep the machine under control. Never leave a machine running unattended.
Never force a tool, blade or attachment to do a job for which it was not designed. When using attachments, ensure they are fitted correctly and
practice the operation before beginning work. Isolate power source before changing accessories, attachments, blades, drill bits or parts.
Do not rush or take risks when operating equipment. Never force a machine, let the machine do the job.
Select the correct equipment for the job you are undertaking. Always use the right tools. Keep hands body away from pinch areas & moving parts.
Disconnect spark plug lead on petrol driven equipment before changing blades or attempting any servicing.
Dial before you dig. Always check the location of electricity, gas, telephone, water and other services before cutting, excavating or demolition work.
Do not wipe plastic parts with solvents, such as petrol, thinner, alcohol or ammonia, as they could melt or crack, rendering the machine unsafe.
Safety Guide for this Equipment
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Your own Risk Assessment should be carried out before commencing any work.
This machine is designed to remove thatch and renovate existing lawns and assist in over seeding. It should not be used for any other purpose.
Check the condition of the machine at the start and end of each day or shift and report any damage or defects. Do not operate if faulty.
Always use correct Personal Safety equipment (you must do your own risk assessment with regard to the correct PPE to wear)
Always run this machine flat and level. It should never be used on a slope. Working on an incline is dangerous and not recommended.
Ensure that the area to be worked does not contain any 'live' electrical cables, gas, water or communications services which may be damaged by
the action of the machine.
Keep children, pets and other people well away from where you are working.
If the machine strikes any foreign object or starts making an unusual noise or vibration, immediately shut off the engine.
Before adjusting, cleaning, repairing, removing foreign matter, and inspecting the machine, shut off the engine and wait for all moving parts to stop.
This machine is not designed to operate in hard ground. Test ground to see if you can push a screwdriver relatively easily into the ground. Soak
ground (day before) prior to operating if extremely hard and dry.
Identify and mark all in ground objects to be avoided, such as sprinkler heads, stakes, water valves, etc.
This is a Guide only. Use your own judgment. Do not use or operate this equipment if you are unsure or in doubt of its capabilities, designed
use, or its proper operation. For further Information, contact All Equipment Hire and ask for more advice or instruction with regard, to the safe
operation of this equipment. If the equipment is not operating correctly, or not doing the job you expected. Do not continue. Do not attempt
repairs. Please telephone to let us know and return it to the branch for exchange or repair.
Thankyou for hiring from
allequipmenthire.com.au
PH 08 83455722
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Prior to using this machine the work area must be clear of all hazardous obstructions. Pick up any bricks, glass, rope, stones, steel, sticks, wire etc.
Make cuts parallel to pathways or garden beds first, then cut towards this row to avoid coming in contact with solid edges.
Take care when operate this machine on slippery, wet, muddy or icy surfaces. A safe footing is essential when operating this machine.
This is a one person machine. Most accidents happen when more than one person is involved with the operation of this machine.
Exercise care when operating unit. Be aware of your hand and feet location at all times when operating.
Hold the Machine firmly with both hands and maintain a secure grip.
Never place hands or other body parts near rotating or moving parts.
Never modify attachments or this machine in any way.
Exposure to vibration or repetitive work over a prolonged period may be harmful to hands and arms. Take plenty of breaks.
Avoid touching the muffler as it gets hot.
Never stand on the unit while it is operating.
Never leave machine running when not in use or leaving unattended.
Handling and Transport
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Ensure all equipment and loads are securely restrained and are unable to become dislodged, move or fall when transporting.
Always transport equipment in an upright position. Never transport equipment unrestrained. This machine is heavy.
Use correct lifting techniques. Bend knees, hold load close to body, back straight. Only lift within your own limits. Get help or use lifting equipment.
Fuel Safety
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Do not smoke or bring any fire, flame or spark near flammable liquid or fuel, whilst re-fuelling or operating the machine. Vapors are highly
flammable.
Always shut off the engine and allow it to cool before re-fuelling. Relieve fuel tank pressure by loosening the fuel cap slowly. Select a clear open
area for fuelling and move fuel drums at least 3m from fuelling spot before starting engine. Ensure fuel does not come in contact with hot exhaust or
parts.
Ensure correct fuel is used i.e. Diesel, Unleaded or Two Stroke. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately and check for leakage.
If fuel gets spilled on clothes it is very important to change clothes immediately. Flammable quantities of fuel may stay on clothes after a spill longer
than expected. Operation of machines when clothes are wet or damp from petrol is extremely dangerous as the operators clothes may catch fire and
cause serious or personal injury. Fuel may also cause skin aggravation.
Always ensure the fuel cap is secured tightly. Check for fuel leakage while re-fuelling and during operation. If a fuel leak is suspected, do not start or
run the engine until the leak is fixed and spilled fuel has been wiped away.
Never operate engine in enclosed area. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and tasteless poison. Operating engine driven
machines in enclosed areas such as; inside buildings, pits, shafts, silos, tanks, tunnels, vats etc can cause death. Operate in well vented areas only.
Starting Safety – Four Stroke Machine
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Only use unleaded petrol. Position on firm level ground. Hold machine firmly.
Never attempt to start when the cutting wheel, blades or other moving parts are in contact with anything.
Check that fuel tap is on, if fitted. Turn off/on switch on. Turn choke on.
Pull starter rope slowly till you feel resistance (engine compression). Hold machine firmly while pulling the starter rope swiftly with your other hand.
Short sharp pulls are required. Never pull to the end of the rope as this could cause an injury and damage the machine to the point you will not be
able to restart it. Be prepared for backfire. Do not allow the starter grip to snap back into position. Guide starter rope slowly back into position.
Once it is running turn choke off. Let it warm up before working. Don’t use the choke if the machine has recently been running and is warm.
Turn off with off/on switch. Not with the choke or fuel tap.
Notes
This is a Guide only. Use your own judgment. Do not use or operate this equipment if you are unsure or in doubt of its capabilities, designed
use, or its proper operation. For further Information, contact All Equipment Hire and ask for more advice or instruction with regard, to the safe
operation of this equipment. If the equipment is not operating correctly, or not doing the job you expected. Do not continue. Do not attempt
repairs. Please telephone to let us know and return it to the branch for exchange or repair.
Thankyou for hiring from
allequipmenthire.com.au
PH 08 83455722
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