08/01/2004

Preventing Injuries When Working with Hydraulic Excavators and Backhoe Loaders

Workers who operate or work near hydraulic excavators and backhoe loaders are
at risk of being struck by the machine or its components or by excavator
buckets that detach from the excavator stick. The US National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that injuries and deaths be
prevented through training, proper installation and maintenance, work
practices, and personal protective equipment.

A review of 346 deaths associated with excavators or backhoe loaders during
1992­2000 suggests two common causes of injury:

(1) being struck by the moving machine, swinging booms, or other machine
components; or

(2) being struck by quick-disconnect excavator buckets that unexpectedly detach
from the excavator stick.

Other leading causes of fatalities are rollovers, electrocutions, and slides
into trenches after cave-ins.

The website informs about the steps employers should take to protect workers
from injury while working with excavators or backhoe loaders, i.e:

- Site Set-Up

- Information for equipment operators

- Information for other site workers

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work