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How do I protect myself when operating heavy machinery?

Working on a construction site is dangerous, even if you and those around you take every safety precaution possible. Accidents can happen, even at the safest of construction sites. If you work near or operate heavy machinery, you will want to follow the safety tips outlined here to prevent accidents on a construction site in New York.

Prior to operating heavy machinery, make sure the piece of equipment has proper guarding installed. Guarding helps to protect workers on the machine and around the machine from being hit with rotating parts and other dangerous objects. Guards can be light curtains, barrier guards and two-hand devices.

An important safety tip to follow is to never operate a heavy piece of equipment without the proper training. Heavy equipment is tricky to operate and requires training beforehand in order to ensure no accidents occur. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that personnel who use heavy machinery receive proper training prior to use.

Always wear your protective equipment when near heavy equipment or when operating heavy equipment. Proper protective equipment includes goggles, a helmet, gloves, boots and more. Follow all safety policies put in place by your employer and those enforced by OSHA.

If you are not operating the machine, but it is in operation, do not stand close to it as it moves. Stand far enough away that the debris it kicks up cannot hurt you and that the driver can see where you are located.

Being injured on a construction site while on the job can change your life. Don't let an injury take hold of how you live your life. An experienced New York construction workers' accident attorney can help you acquire compensation for injuries suffered while on the job.

Source: Arbill, "5 machine safety tips to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities," Julie Copeland, accessed Aug. 11, 2017

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