Safe use of large vehicle and earthmoving equipment

Safe use of large vehicle and earthmoving equipment

Safe use of large vehicle and earthmoving equipment

This earthmoving and mining equipment have been designed to move earth and minerals in large earthmoving and mining projects. Some of the equipment finds its place in other applications, however, and the utilisation of bulldozers and articulated trucks on the road and on highway projects as just a couple of examples.

One area of surface mining involves giant machines like drills, electric shovels and huge draglines, some of which have buckets that have the ability to move 120 cubic metres of material at a time. Although slightly smaller than the electric shovel or particularly the giant dragline, a mass excavator also applies here, which is basically a larger version of the excavator that is utilised more for mass excavation than for more restricted exaction or trenching.

Generally, underground mining equipment is designed to the moving of material in a very headroom and space environment. It will be noticed that similarities with some of the surface mining equipment and some specialised pieces developed particularly for some underground mining applications as well.

Many mining accidents include vehicles and earthmoving equipment and they are often quite fatal. It is, for that reason, important that the hazards related to vehicles and equipment are precisely identified and the risks are minimised in the best ways possible. Good, well-enforced, vehicle operating measures can make a substantial contribution to the reduction of injuries and even deaths. A multipurpose approach is needed in order to reduce these hazards. It needs to address all the potential risk factors and the people who are involved.


Identify the hazards

Identify the potential hazards that are linked to the operation of vehicles or earthmoving equipment. Enquire from your employees what they think. They might notice things that you could have overlooked. Ensure that you understand all safety precautions when carrying out these tasks. If you are unsure, employees can ask their supervisor.


Types of hazards:

  • When vehicles that are unsafe and well-maintained for use
  • The routes used are not safe and properly maintained
  • Drivers are not following the safety regulations
  • Other workers/visitors around the vehicle routes and work areas

The main types of accidents involving transport are:

  • People hit or run over by moving vehicles
  • People falling from moving vehicles
  • Objects falling from vehicles
  • Injuries caused by vehicles toppling over.


Naturally, there are additional trivial incidents that contribute to workplace accidents and injuries. If an effort can be made to prevent these trivial incidents from occurring, safety in the work environment will be improved greatly. CJ Earth Moving specialises in the servicing of heavy-duty earthmoving equipment and focuses on engine and component services, diagnostics and dyno testing as well. CJ Earth Moving’s experienced mechanics are equipped to provide specialist services in heavy-duty machine repairs, and they pride themselves in giving the assurance of world-class service, workmanship and safety of the highest professionalism and care.

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