We all know that even with the best training and most stringent guidelines, accidents still occur when working with hydrovac trucks. Even the most experienced operators can use a refresher from time to time. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when using hydrovac trucks and tips to avoid them to keep your job site safe.
Parking Hydrovac Trucks Too Close to the Dig Area
Always park hydrovac trucks and other heavy machinery at a safe distance from your dig site. Ground can fail due to vibrations of a truck and its overall weight, potentially causing the operator, equipment or both to fall into the hole. Make sure the hydrovac truck you choose for the job is appropriately sized for your work site, and remember that there isn’t a “one size fits all solution.” We are happy to help you choose the best hydrovac trucks for your needs to ensure safety.
Forgoing a Spotter
A spotter plays an important role in dig site safety: they can help operators avoid striking overhead obstacles, watch out for power lines and keep eyes on the boom at all times when moving. This visibility is vital for creating a safe atmosphere.
Using Worn or Broken Tools
We’ve seen this one too many times: operators want to save money or time by using tools that are old, worn out or damaged. Using poor tools drastically increases the risk of equipment failure and puts your whole team in jeopardy. Take time to regularly inspect your tools and hydrovac accessories, and contact our service department should you need replacements or repairs.
Like we said, everyone needs a refresher from time to time. Experienced operators are no exception, and in fact, they are most likely to become complacent on the job. Becoming too relaxed can cause accidents. Always remind mindful of your surroundings, no matter how many times you’ve completed a job.
Not Wearing Proper PPE
All jobs have different hazards and requirements. The bare minimum when it comes to PPE when operating hydrovac trucks should consist of hard hats, gloves, glasses and high-visibility clothing, but different job sites may call for more. For example, having a gas detector on hand can save your life in certain situations. Always understand the requirements of your particular dig site before beginning work and prepare the proper PPE for your team.
Following these tips and having the right hydrovac trucks and equipment can make all the difference on a job site when it comes to safety. To learn more about our hydrovac tucks and how you can stay safe on the job, contact us today.