Safety Checklists

Excavator Daily Inspection Checklist

Periodic inspection is crucial to the safe operation of heavy equipment. If your equipment is damaged or worn, the safety of your workers is at risk. Furthermore, periodic inspections can help you prevent further expensive damage to your valuable equipment

Develop a safety checklist for the equipment you own and use that checklist regularly.

Walk around your equipment every morning before the workday begins.

With your safety checklist in hand, check for cracks or damage to the exterior frame.

Hydraulic cylinders should not be leaking

Check the level of hydraulic oil, engine oil, and engine coolant.

Fuel filter and air filter should be checked as well.

Check for any leaks. You should also remove any excess debris.

Debris in front of the radiator can cause over-heating problems.

Grease all wear points daily to cut down on expensive repair of pins and bushings.

Check all safety switches for proper operation.

While the engine is running, the motor shouldn't exhibit any unnecessary sounds or produce excessive exhaust fumes.

Pay special attention to leaks or emissions below or in front of the operator's seat.

On wheeled machines, check tires and wheels daily.

Properly inflate tires to the recommended pressure.

Look for signs of wear, such as tread or sidewall separation.

Immediately change tires that show bulges.

Make sure all lug nuts are present on the wheel, and replace wheels if you see cracks.

Make sure all lug nuts are present on the wheel, and replace wheels if you see cracks.

Make sure all lug nuts are present on the wheel, and replace wheels if you see cracks.

Make sure all lug nuts are present on the wheel, and replace wheels if you see cracks.

Make sure all lug nuts are present on the wheel, and replace wheels if you see cracks.

Make sure all lug nuts are present on the wheel, and replace wheels if you see cracks.

If the equipment runs on tracks, check for the proper amount of slack.

Check all undercarriage components. Bad rollers and idlers can cause severe track problems, including failure.

Your equipment safety checklist should contain a number of items to check from the operators seat in the cab.

A safety roll bar must protect the driver in the absence of a cab, and the operator's seat must have a seat belt and/or safety bar.

All safety signage must remain in place.

Attach a fire extinguisher to your piece of equipment and check it periodically.

The gauge should be in the green. Otherwise, replace or service the extinguisher immediately.

Windshields should be clean in an enclosed cab. Wipers and horns should be fully functional.

Heating and air conditioning vents should also be clean and make sure you follow a schedule for replacing air filters.

All gauges must be fully functional, and all lights both inside and outside the cab should operate.

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