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A mini digger is a practical piece of machinery for a variety of industries and applications because it’s relatively compact (so can get into areas that are a little restricted) yet make light work of heavy loads. When operating a digger, however, it’s important that you exercise care at all times to avoid injury or serious accident. We’ve outlined some safety tips here to help you out.
- Inspect the digger before starting it
Every time you’re about to use the machine, it’s important that you do a few safety checks first. This will ensure that everything is in good working order and won’t pose any problems. Look for loose covers and guards, and examine the bucket or attachments. If you notice any problems, don’t start the engine and seek professional advice.
- Get used to the machine
You should always take some time to familiarise yourself with the controls of a mini diggers, even if you’ve used one before. We recommend doing a quick practice before starting work, just to refresh your memory and ensure that you know what each button or lever does. This is especially important if it’s been a while since you used one.
- Be mindful of those around you
It is imperative that you keep an eye on the people around you, whether they’re workers or passersby. You should always be aware of your surroundings and look out for any dangers that could potentially cause a serious accident or injury. You need to be prepared to stop at the drop of a hat, which you cannot do if you’re distracted.
- Think about stability
You should always work from a stable platform whenever you’re using these machines. Never use them if you think that stability could be an issue – it’s better to be safe than sorry. An instable platform could lead to a rollover or other serious accident – it’s simply not worth it. Don’t allow someone to talk you into using the machine if you’re unsure.
- Only use the accompanying attachments
Never tinker with your mini digger or use it for purposes other than those it was designed for (in the name of safety). Only use the bucket and attachments that have been made by the same manufacturer and that have been specified for use with your particularly model. It is unlikely that attachments from other manufacturers will secure properly.
- Never stand underneath a raised boom
You need to keep the area underneath the boom clear at all times. Don’t be tempted to leave it raised whilst you work underneath or duck off to the toilet – you could return to find that someone underneath it has been struck by something falling from the machine. If you need to perform tasks or leave the machine, lower the boom carefully.
We hope that the safety tips provided above enable you to be as safe as possible when operating mini diggers. This is important not only for you, the operator, but for everyone else that you might encounter whilst on the job (including other workers and even visitors). At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that these machines can be dangerous if used improperly.