Over the years of innovation in industrial equipment, few machines have become more essential than excavators. Whether your company works in construction, railroad, scrap yards, recycling, or a mixture of industries, an excavator is essential. As the sole leader (or one of them) of the company, you’re responsible for your workers. Heavy equipment is necessary to boost a company’s productivity, efficiency, and ability to complete numerous jobs. That said, excavators can lead to serious injuries if you don’t communicate the basics of excavator safety and operation to your team. If you’re looking for a guide that discusses everything you need to know about excavator safety, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more.
Every Machine Operator Should Have the Appropriate Certifications
As with any other profession, if workers don’t have a grasp on the fundamentals of their job, they likely won’t be successful. There are several options for workers to receive certifications for heavy equipment operation. Most workers can complete the certification online within a couple of days. It’s crucial for everyone’s safety and your company that only certified workers operate the excavator. A certified worker will understand the do’s and don’ts of excavator operation. For instance, the excavator’s arm should never be overextended unless necessary because it can make the machine unstable. Moreover, an excavator should always operate on inclines and declines slowly; an excavator should never be parallel to the ground’s slant. A certified operator would know how to dig properly and pile materials up away from the workspace, otherwise the ground could cave in. Of course, there are several other fundamentals that your machine operators need to know in order to use the excavator safely. Without proper certification and training, operators are more likely to make mistakes, potentially hurt themselves or others, or damage the machine.
The Excavator’s Cab Is for the Operator Only
Regardless of whether multiple workers have heavy equipment certifications or not, there should never be more than one individual in an excavator’s cab. Overcrowding a cab can obscure the operator’s view and lead to inefficiencies and accidents. Moreover, because an excavator’s cab is only manufactured to fit one-person, additional individuals won’t have a seat belt which should always be worn during operation. Of course, an overcrowded cab is prone to someone accidentally bumping the excavator’s controls which could lead to a much bigger problem.
Inspect the Ground and Work Zone Before Beginning Operation
If your job site requires digging, you must communicate and train workers to walk the work zone prior to working. Additionally, you’re required to call before you dig, whether it’s with an excavator or shovel. Calling 811 prior to excavation can prevent gas or plumbing leaks and electrical or internet downtime. No company wants to be the one that digs and breaks a pipe that affects everyone in the community, especially since it’s easily preventable by a mere inspection and calling first. Of course, you can use an excavator for more than digging applications. If you’re a scrapyard business, digging isn’t a primary task, but lifting and moving ferrous materials like sheet metal certainly is. Even in a scrap yard, excavator operators should make note of any barriers that might get in the way or affect the strength of their magnet. In addition to barriers, many job sites have uneven surfaces that excavators should avoid if possible.
Require Machine Inspection Before and After Use
It’s easy for workers to go about their days and proceed with tasks without inspecting the machine. Whether you’re the company’s owner or the manager on duty (or both), you must ask workers to inspect the excavator before and after use. Most companies develop a checklist and require workers to check each item listed and sign the document when they complete the inspection. There are numerous items you could include on the checklist. Some of the most important items that should be on your checklist include checking the oil, the tracks, and ensuring the attachment is secure.
While these may seem redundant, your checklist should include information like the machine’s lifting capacity to ensure the operator is aware. At the end of the day, the operator should complete the same checklist and make note of any known issues with the machine. Requiring certified workers to complete a checklist consistently holds operators accountable but also helps you make better decisions regarding machine maintenance and keeping track of oil changes, repairs, or problems. Your workers need to know that the excavator is a vital piece of equipment for the business and their career. That said, the checklist can help you manage and improve your team appropriately. If one worker consistently reports problems with the machine on their checklist but no other operator does, that first worker may be operating the machine poorly and may require additional training.
Supply Your Team With High-Quality Attachments
While your company might primarily use one attachment more than others, most businesses can benefit from having several excavator attachments. A construction company, for example, may primarily use a standard bucket for lifting and digging, but they could also benefit from other attachments like a magnet or a grapple. Whether you need an excavator magnet, grapple, or shears, you must ensure all components are high-quality. Your workers are the backbone of your company and they deserve the best equipment available. Attachments endure more wear and tear than most people realize, and low-quality attachments can fail and result in dangerous accidents. Investing in high-quality attachments upfront reduces the risk of attachments breaking down prematurely on the job, in addition to avoiding excessive repair costs.
Whether you’re a new company or you’ve been in the market for decades, safety is priority above all. Regardless of your experience, our guide includes what you need to know about excavator safety. Of course, there’s plenty more to know, so you should be familiar with your excavator’s user manual for details regarding maintenance, safety tips, and proper operation.
If you’re in the market for the best excavator attachments, look no further than Moley Magnetics. Our family-owned business consists of seasoned industry professionals with over twenty years of experience. Because we’ve been in your shoes before, we take pride in supplying exceptional products to all our customers by using only the best materials available. If you’d like to request pricing or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to working with you.
Demolition is a necessary step in construction, but also in scrap yards and recycling facilities. While our ancestors handled demolishing projects by hand, today we use heavy equipment such as excavators, back hoes, and skid steers because it’s much more efficient. Though heavy machinery isn’t quite enough for our daily operations, we also require several attachments for various uses, one of those being demolition. Unfortunately, in the past, many companies either didn’t have the right demolition attachments or didn’t know what to look for in a quality attachment––until now. In the following guide, our experts break down several tips for choosing an excavator demolition attachment. Read on if you’d like to learn more.
Not all attachments are created equally, have a variety
Depending on your company and the type of demolition you perform, you might need all of the following attachments or you might only need just one or two. In construction and structural demolition, many companies merely demolish buildings with the standard excavator bucket. While the bucket is fine for that application, it’s not the only useful attachment. Some of the other important demolition attachments include grapples and magnets as well. Grapples are a vital attachment for more than demolition, they’re also common in shipbuilding, railroad maintenance, and construction. Every company should have a grapple because they give the machine operator the option to lift items with a reliable and more secure grip.
Far too many companies forget to have a magnet in their attachment arsenal which is a mistake for three reasons. First, after the demolition project, how do you plan on cleaning up the worksite? Additionally, most industries (some more than others) have ferrous materials to clean up and a magnet will make that process much easier. Moreover, unless your company handles ferrous materials, you could sell the materials to scrap yard and earn a profit that you otherwise would’ve thrown out.
Consider the material you’re working with
Much like our previous point, knowing the material you handle primarily will help guide your purchase towards the appropriate attachments. If you’re a scrap yard or recycling facility for example, you’ll certainly benefit from a scrap magnet for a couple reasons. First and foremost, you need to sort materials with like materials, and a magnet will help you perform that task efficiently. Moreover, your facility may receive a vehicle that’s still intact. The easiest and most efficient way to handle a complete vehicle is with the aid of a magnet.
We recognize that not all of you run recycling facilities and scrap yards, though. For those of you working in construction, for example, you might only need the excavator’s bucket and a grapple. Though, we’d encourage you to invest in a magnet as well, because it’s better to have the attachment as an option rather than wishing you had one.
Know your excavator’s specifications
While many attachments are universal and fit on most excavators, that doesn’t mean it will fit for sure. Every excavator has different specifications, so it’s important that you know your specifications prior to investing in attachments. Probably the most important specification know is the excavator’s weight limit. Some attachments are heavier than others and you must ensure your excavator can handle such an attachment. If your attachment exceeds the weight capacity of your excavator, you’re asking for machine trouble. Some of the troubles you’ll experience is your excavator being unstable and performing poorly. Ultimately, if you’re overloading the machine’s weight capacity, the machine might not operate at all if you’re well above the weight limit. Furthermore, an attachment that exceeds the excavator’s specifications requires more work from the machine, which can lead to long term damage, expensive repairs, and more frequent maintenance.
Don’t forget to consider to your power source
Similar to the excavator’s specifications, you must take the attachment’s power source into consideration. Are you planning for hydraulic attachments? If so, you’ll need to know your excavator’s circuit requirements and hydraulic flow rating. If the attachment doesn’t receive adequate oil, it won’t operate at peak performance. Alternatively, those of you interested in magnets might opt for a permanent or electromagnet because it doesn’t require a hydraulic power source, although you might need a generator or battery. Without the appropriate power source, excavator demolition attachments won’t perform as well as they should, and poor performance leads to inefficiencies. Few metrics are more important in demolition than efficiency and productivity, and an inadequate power source will force your attachments to operate poorly and cost your company time and money.
Don’t skimp on quality
As with any company, you’re probably trying to keep expenses low by searching for the best deal possible, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem with looking for the best deal is that people often settle for lower quality, and your excavator attachment is no place for mediocre quality. Whether you work in construction, metal recycling, or scrap yards, you know that your equipment is the lifeline of your business, so why would you want unreliable attachments? Your company and your workers deserve to work with high-quality equipment, so invest in quality and invest in your business’s future.
There are several factors to consider when buying attachments for heavy equipment and we get that. To help you make an educated decision that’ll improve your business, we put together this list of tips for choosing an excavator demolition attachment. We’d argue that the most important point on this list after the safety of your workers, is the quality of your attachments.
You shouldn’t take quality lightly because it directly affects your business’s bottom line, the safety of your workers, and the efficiency of a job site. We understand that quality is vital at Moley Magnetics because we have extensive industry experience. Whether you’re in the need for demolition magnets, grapples, or even shears and shredders, we’ve got you covered. Our business is family-owned and we take pride in the work we do and the successful company we’ve built over the years. Because we’re passionate about the work we do and supply high-quality products, we only use the best materials available. We love supplying high-quality products because we see how they benefit our customers and their businesses. We don’t like to use mediocre products and you shouldn’t either, so if you have any questions or would like to request pricing, contact our team today. We look forward to supporting you.
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