Skid-Steer Loader Safety

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If you operate or work near skid-steer loaders, take these steps to protect yourself.

Follow safe operating procedures:

  • Read and understand all safety and operating procedures outlined in the operator’s manual, workshop manual, and safety decals.
  • Operate the loader only when properly posi­tioned in the operator’s compartment—nev­er from the outside.
  • Stay seated when operating the loader con­trols.
  • Operate with the seat belt snuggly fastened and the restraint bar properly positioned, if one is provided.
  • Keep hands, arms, legs, and head inside the operator’s compartment while operating the loader.
  • Load, unload, and turn on level ground when possible.
  • Travel and turn with the bucket in the lowest position possible. Carry the load low.
  • Operate on stable surfaces only. Avoid slip­pery surfaces.
  • Do not travel across slopes. Travel straight up or down, with the machine’s heavy end pointed uphill.
  • Keep bystanders away from the work area.
  • NEVER modify or bypass safety devices.
  • NEVER carry riders.
  • Be aware that each machine may operate differently.

Enter and exit from the loader safely:

  • Enter and exit a loader when the bucket is flat on the ground or when the lift-arm sup­port device is in place.
  • When entering a loader, face the seat and keep a three-point contact with handholds and steps.
  • NEVER use foot or hand controls as steps or handholds.
  • Keep all walking and working surfaces clean and clear of debris.
  • Before leaving the operator’s seat:
    • lower the bucket flat on the ground,
    • set the parking brake,
    • turn off the engine.

Maintain the machine in safe operating condi­tion:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep the foot controls free of mud, ice, snow, and debris.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain the follow­ing safety devices:
    • Control interlocks
    • Seat belts
    • Restraint bars
    • Side screens
    • Rollover protective structures (ROPS)
    • Falling object protective structures (FOPS)
  • NEVER modify or bypass safety devices.
  • NEVER exceed the manufacturer’s recom­mended load capacity.
  • If you must perform service under a raised bucket, make sure the lift-arm support de­vice is in place.

KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.