If you have chosen to rent an excavator to dig a trench or move ground for another reason, operating the excavator can seem like a straightforward task. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind in order to get the job done safely.
Here are four things to keep in mind when you use an excavator.
1. Don't Dig Too Close to the Excavator
In order to best protect yourself, you need to be mindful of where you're digging at all times. You need to be sure that you are always on stable ground. It is especially important that you are aware of the edges of any hole you are digging. That way, you can be sure not to dislodge soil, which could lead to a cave in.
If that happens, the excavator will tumble into the hole, with you inside of it. As you work, take care not to dig too close to the excavator, and avoid digging at all underneath the excavator itself.
2. Operate the Excavator on Level Ground
This may seem obvious, but many people try to operate the excavator on an incline, which can cause you to risk tipping over as you lift soil. Take steps to make sure that the ground is level, or mostly level, before you attempt to lift anything.
3. Don't Overload the Bucket
To get the job done more quickly, you may plan to fill the bucket as full as possible. However, this can cause the excavator to tip over. Only fill the bucket about halfway each time you pick up soil. This way, the excavator can remain stable.
4. Wear Safety Belt and a Helmet
You may feel safe inside the cab of the excavator, but you need to take every precaution possible to protect yourself. Make sure you put on your safety belt and keep it on while you are operating the excavator. Should the excavator tip, you have a better chance of remaining secure.
A helmet will protect your head in the case of an accident, so be sure to keep the helmet on as well, even if you don't think there will be a problem. It is also wise to wear ear and eye protection as well.
When you keep the above things in mind, your excavating job can go smoothly. If you need help, talk to an excavating contractor about having a professional operator operate the excavator for you. To learn more, contact a company like Rita's Equipment Rental with any questions you have.