OSHA Citations related to Skid-Steers:
- Improper employee training on the safety features associated with the skid-steer loader
- Disabling of the interlock control system and was not functioning properly.
- Backup alarms did not functioning properly.
- Seatbelts had been removed from the skid-steer loaders.
- Failure to use an approved lift arm support device during servicing.
- Improperly maintaining the skid-steer loader according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Employee's intentional bypassing of the safety systems of the skid-steer loader.
Skid-Steer General Safety Practices:
- Always read and understand the operator's manual before using the piece of equipment.
- Always lower the bucket or attachment so that it is flat on the ground.
- Do not attempt to activate the skid-steer loader’s controls from outside the operator's compartment.
- Do not leave the operator's seat while the engine is on. Never attempt to activate the controls unless properly seated with the seatbelt fastened and the seat bar (if equipped) lowered.
- Keep all body parts inside the cab while operating a skid-steer loader.
- Never modify, bypass, disable, or override safety systems.
- Never permit riders on the skid-steer loader, in the bucket or attachment, or in the operator's compartment unless the compartment is designed to accommodate a second rider.
- Establish a routine maintenance and inspection program in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, and use approved lift arm support device.
- Train personnel on the proper inspection, use, maintenance, and repair of skid-steer loaders.
|Standard front step|
Getting On/Off Equipment:
|Side steps for larger buckets|
Use three points of contact when getting in and out of skid steer. If using snow bucket or other large attachments, consider a side step for getting in and out of unit.
|Side step for larger buckets|
Hazards Associated with Operating Skid-Steer Loaders with Bypassed and/or Improperly Maintained Safety Devices http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib011209.html http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib011209.html
by Joe Ingebrand