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Safe Operating Procedure (Revised 1/09) SKID STEER LOADERS



Skid steer loaders are useful but dangerous pieces of equipment. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found a number of fatalities associated with skid steer loader use, most often attributable to: • Working or standing under a raised loader bucket • Leaning out of the operator’s compartment into the path of the moving lift arms • Improper entering or exiting • Rollovers To reduce the potential for the above types of accidents, the following safety features are critical: liftarm supports, interlocked controls, seat belts, rollover protective structures (ROPS), and side screens. Equipment that lacks the above operable safety features is not appropriate for use by UNL employees. General Safety • Operators should be trained by a knowledgeable person prior to operating a skid steer loader. This should include reading/understanding the owner’s manual, operational safety, and demonstration of safe operation under anticipated conditions (e.g., terrain, load, etc.). • Never by-pass or disable the safety devices. • Before operating, clear the work area of by-standers and acquaint yourself with surrounding hazards (e.g., electrical lines, low clearance, uneven terrain, ramp edges, etc.). • Consult EHS to determine if hearing protective devices are warranted while operating the equipment

Topics: • Immediately after starting the engine, verify the working
Year: 2013
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