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814 Heavy Equipment Safety
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According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction jobs. However, close behind, the #2 cause is being struck by a vehicle or other object. About 75% of these fatalities involve trucks, cranes, and other heavy equipment.

Operation of heavy equipment such as excavators, loaders, graders, rollers, and bulldozers should always be done by highly skilled operators who have demonstrated the ability and necessary skills to operate safely. Unsafe practices by either the operator or those around the equipment can create very dangerous situations. Serious injuries can occur if the equipment strikes a worker, or if the equipment is rolled over.

In this course, we will take a look at the various types of heavy equipment and important controls and safe work practices for heavy equipment operations.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you should be able to:
ID Objective
TO 1.0 Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the final course assessment.
LO 1.1.1 Describe the types of heavy equipment used in the construction industry.
LO 1.2.1 Identify and give examples of hazards associated with operating heavy equipment.
LO 1.3.1 Describe the general hazard controls and safe work practices while working on construction sites.
LO 1.4.1 Describe equipment operator safety requirements and safety best practices.
LO 1.5.1 Discuss work zone and traffic control engineering and administrative controls to prevent accidents.

Key: Terminal Objective (TO), Learning Objective (LO)