As relatively easy as operating a front end loader may appear, drivers of these powerful machines must demonstrate extreme care in order to maintain their safety and the safety of others. They must take precautions before, during, and after their jobs to maintain their own safety and the safety of those around them.
When they do not invest the care and attention required, disaster can be the result. Take the following two examples as cautionary tales:
In an unfortunate accident, an employee at Monaghan Mushroom Ltd. in Ontario, Canada, accidentally backed over a coworker, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Although the driver was only held partially responsible — it was later determined that the company should have ensured proper safety procedures by limiting employee movement in the area while heavy equipment was in operation — a little bit of extra care and attention could have saved a life (Queen’s Printer).
That’s why drivers of front end loaders must take extreme care both before and during their time behind the wheel to ensure that those around them are kept safe. A little attention to detail really can go a long way.
Likewise, unwise front end loader use led to an unfortunate brushfire being inadvertently ignited by a Maryland farmer. As he used his loader to move his ash pile, he accidentally reignited the fire, sparking a fire in a nearby thicket (Washington Post).
That’s why drivers of front end loaders must account for all factors as they set about their tasks in order to ensure a smooth and drama-free work zone.
Whatever use you make of your front end loaders, we hope that you’re taking proper precautions and practicing wise front-end-loader ownership.
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