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April 8, 2022


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Mobile equipment is “a wheeled or tracked vehicle which is engine or motor powered, together with attached or towed equipment, but not a vehicle operated on fixed rails or tracks.” In food processing and manufacturing environments, the major type of mobile equipment used is the forklift. Other mobile equipment found in the workplace can include farm-type tractors and trailers, front-end loaders and ATVs. It’s important to know the safety essentials when operating and maintaining mobile equipment.

Mobile equipment (ME) is the term used to describe a self-propelled machine or a combination of machines that handle materials or provide a work platform for workers. Forklifts, pallet jacks, scissor lifts, tractors (agricultural or other), aerial lift platforms, bulldozers, backhoes, and cranes are examples of powered mobile equipment.  The use of ME reduces the need for manual handling and therefore contributes to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. However, it exposes the worker to other possible hazards that could lead to serious consequences if safety procedures are not applied and followed. Hazards associated with the use of powered mobile equipment include:
  • Roll-overs,
  • Hitting a pedestrian,
  • Collisions with other mobile equipment,
  • Falling loads,
  • Fire hazard and chemical exposure during battery charging (when battery operated),
  • Contact with overhead live electrical conductors, and
  • Exposure to carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide (when using fuel-operated equipment in poorly ventilated areas).
Special requirements for the use of ME in mines
The employer must make sure that:
  • The ME used to remove material from a draw point is not moved beyond a point subtending a 45° angle back from the brow of the draw point to the back of the bucket once the brow is open; 
  • ME is provided with front and rear lights;
Workers’ responsibilities:
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and the appropriate safe operating procedures,
  • Do not proceed when you do not have a clear view of the path to be traveled until a person who has a clear view of the path to be traveled by the unit of ME signals to you that is safe to do so, 
  • When operating the forklift, remain at the controls when the forks are in the raised position,
  • Do not drive the forklift while a worker is on a work platform mounted on the forklift, 
  • Inspect, as required, the equipment,  and
  • Report any malfunction or dangerous condition.

Course Curriculum

    • Foreword 00:20:00
    • These Include but Are Not Limited To 00:20:00
    • Persons Put at Risk by Working Around 00:40:00
    • Concerns for Safety 00:10:00
    • Vision Statement 00:10:00
    • Today’s Situation 00:20:00
    • Available Solutions 00:10:00
    • Management Commitment 00:10:00
    • Employee Involvement 00:10:00
    • Pre-Construction Work- Site Analysis 00:10:00
    • Hazard Prevention and Controls 00:10:00
    • Proper Equipment Maintenance 00:10:00
    • Employee Awareness Training 00:10:00
    • Equipment Operator Responsibilities 01:00:00
    • Manufacturer’s Recommendations 00:20:00
    • Observations 00:10:00
    • The Danger of Being Struck-By 00:30:00
    • In Defense of the Equipment Operator 00:20:00
    • Rubber-tired 00:30:00
    • Forklift Pre-Start and Finally Inspection, and Crane Safety Inspection 4 weeks
    • Mobile Equipment 00:40:00

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