FRONT END LOADER SAFETY

FRONT END LOADER SAFETY
FRONT END LOADER
SAFETY
PRE-OPERATION
INSPECTION BEFORE BOARDING
LOADER
Check tires for proper pressure
Ensure there are no cracks in ROPS system
Make sure there is no damage to the unit
Look for hydraulic leaks
Never use your hand to check for leaks
•
A pinhole size leak can break your skin and inject hydraulic fluid into the
bloodstream
Make sure the bucket is latched
PRE-OPERATION
INSPECTION BEFORE BOARDING (con’t)
Only use tractors with wide front ends (avoid
“tricycle” types)
Make sure the wheels are spread as wide as possible if
they can be adjusted
Make sure the counter weights are properly
mounted (if applicable)
Don’t use makeshift counterweights
BOARDING THE LOADER
Make
sure the steps and handholds are clear of
mud, ice, and oil/grease
Use
3 points of contact
Always
face the machine
PRE-OPERATION
INSPECTION AFTER BOARDING
Make sure the floor board is clear of debris
Make sure the seatbelt is working properly
After starting the machine make sure all controls work properly
The hydraulic oil should be warm in order for the controls to work
properly
Tilt the bucket all the way forward to ensure that the bucket is
properly attached
OPERATING THE LOADER
ALWAYS
WEAR THE SEATBELT!!
Know
the weight the loader can safely lift
(owners manual or nameplate)
Avoid
jerky starts and stops
OPERATING THE LOADER (con’t)
Avoid
potholes, ditches, and drainage
washouts
When
driving on hills:
Travel up and down, not horizontally
Keep the load up hill
•
Back down when loaded and drive up when loaded
OPERATING THE LOADER (con’t)
Drive
slow
Avoid
quick turns
Load
Do
the bucket evenly
not use indoors for extend periods of time
Make sure there is plenty of ventilation
OPERATING THE BUCKET
Be aware of overhead hazards
Power lines
Roof trusses
Overhead equipment
Keep the bucket level as you raise the load
If using a variety of attachments remember to properly
secure them before using the machine
Always lower the bucket or forks all the way to the
ground so it is sitting flat
OPERATING THE BUCKET(con’t)
Keep the bucket low especially when loaded
The higher the load the higher the center of gravity
If the load is too high to see over, drive in reverse
or use a spotter
Only raise the bucket while at a complete stop
When maintenance requires the bucket to be in the
raised position, the arms need to be locked or
blocked to prevent it from falling
NEVER:
Allow riders
On the steps
On the hitch
On the fenders
On the floorboard
In the bucket
Start the machine from the ground
Operate the hydraulic controls from the ground
NEVER: (con’t)
Remove
the ROPS
Stand
under the raised arms and bucket
Jump
off the machine
Try
using the bucket to remove fence post
or tree stumps
NEVER: (con’t)
Move a load over people
Allow anyone under the age of 18 operate the
loader
Move more material than the machine can handle
Operate a loader if you have not been trained on
that specific model
Articulating Loaders
This
equipment turns in the middle of the
machine
Watch
for the pinch
hazard created by the
pivoting machine
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