DIY & Contractor Safety Tips from Our Rental Equipment Company

It is important to follow necessary safety procedures when on a construction site and while using heavy-duty, durable rental equipment. Construction sites are typically very busy with a lot going on all at once. There may be varying traffic patterns, equipment coming and going throughout the day and multiples contractors working on the same project. With all of this taken into consideration, safety can be a huge concern. However, by being committed to safety procedures while on the job and following a few simple rental equipment safety rules, you can make the construction site a much safer place for not only yourself, but for other contractors as well.

Construction Equipment and Machinery Safety
When using rental equipment and machinery, you will want to follow all of the equipment rental company tips while on the job site. When it comes to operating construction equipment and machinery, one of the most important safety tips is to always wear your seat belt. While construction equipment typically does not travel at high speeds, there are usually still other machines running at the same time. In some cases, you may even need to cross public roads to get from one job area to the next. In the event of a collision or a roll over due to hazards such as drop-offs or ravines, seat belts will help to keep workers inside of the cab’s rollover protection structure.

It is also important to take advantage of rental safety tips for entering and exiting construction vehicles from the equipment rental company. When entering or exiting, always face towards the equipment and use the steps and rails that are installed for your safety. You will also want to maintain three different points of contact when entering or exiting the vehicle in order to ensure your safety.

Securing Loads for Transportation
Another important rental equipment safety procedure is to ensure that loads are secured properly while transporting. The operator’s manual will provide contractors with guidelines on proper loading and transportation procedures. Always make sure that the trailer is hitched properly to the towing vehicle, that you use safety chains, that the brakes are locked before loading and that all lights are functioning properly before beginning a tow.

Because construction sites can be dangerous, other rental safety tips that contractors will want to take advantage of include wearing the proper clothing, knowing where underground lines and pipes are buried and recognizing hazards that are around you.