Backhoe loaders are the powerhouse of the construction, agriculture, and landscaping industries, helping to complete small earth-moving projects efficiently.
As the operator of a backhoe loader, you are responsible for ensuring safety is at the forefront of your operations.
Discover five tips you can follow to improve backhoe loader safety.
Tip 1: Use the Machine’s Stabilisers
When digging with a backhoe loader, it is essential that the wheels are off the ground and do not take the weight of the machine. The slightest movement of the wheels can cause vibrations to be transmitted to the operator and controls, making the machine unstable. To prevent this, use the machine’s stabilisers to keep the wheels off the ground.
Tip 2: Use Outrigger or Street Pads
Use outrigger pads, street pads or blocks to prevent the stabilisers from sinking if the ground is too soft. If the stabilisers sink into the ground, the machine can become unstable, and cave-ins can occur, leading to potential injury and damage. Astrak’s DuraLine SP range of rubber street pads for 3cx backhoe loaders (replaces OEM Part No. 980/88215), have been produced to meet and exceed the demands of our hard-working customers.
Tip 3: Avoid Digging Underneath the Machine
Never dig beneath the machine, as this can cause serious safety issues. The operator could become trapped if the soil starts to cave in, leading to significant injury. To prevent this, take the time to set up the backhoe loader in the correct position before beginning to dig.
Tip 4: Keep Safely Back from the Edge of Excavations
When digging trenches or excavations, always keep safely back from the edge. Use safety equipment such as hard hats, gloves, eye protection, and safety boot to help ensure your safety.
Tip 5: Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Finally, always pay attention to your surroundings and take regular breaks from operating the backhoe loader. This will help reduce fatigue and allow you to stay focused on the task. It is also important to check the machine before each use and to be aware of any potential hazards in the area.
Following these five simple tips, you can improve backhoe loader safety and ensure you and the machine remain safe in the demanding environment.