Read carefully following warning messages. They tell you of different hazards and how to avoid them. If proper precautions are not taken you or others could be seriously injured.
- 1. Learn machine safety
Carefully read appropriate manuals. Learn how to operate the machine and how to use the controls properly.
Study this manual before installing, operating or servicing the Hydraulic Broom. If there is anything that you do not understand, ask your employer or your AVSpare dealer to explain it. Keep manuals clean and in good condition.
Study also the operating and maintenance manual of the carrier machine before operating the attachment.
- 2. Clothing
You can be injured if you do not wear proper clothing. Loose clothing can get caught in the machinery. Wear fairly tight protective clothing to suit the job.
Wear a suitable hearing protective device such as ear muffs or ear plugs to protect against objectionable or uncomfortable loud noises.
Further safety equipment includes: a safety helmet, safety shoes, safety glasses, well-fitting overalls and industrial gloves.
Do not wear a necktie or scarf. Keep long hair restrained.
- 3. Care and alertness
All the time you are working with the attachment take care and stay alert. Always be careful. Always be alert for hazards.
- 4. Lifting equipment
You can be injured if you use faulty lifting equipment.
Make sure that lifting equipment is in good condition. Make sure that lifting tackle complies with all local regulations and is suitable for the job. Lifting equipment must be strong enough for the job and you must know how to use it.
- 5. Regulations and laws
Obey all laws, work site and local regulations which affect you and your equipment.
- 6. Equipment limits
Operating equipment beyond its design limits can cause damage. It can also be dangerous.
Do not try to upgrade the equipment's performance by unapproved modifications.
- 7. Equipment inspection
Inspect the machine and attachment daily by walking around it before you start it.
Do not operate equipment which is defective or has missing parts.
Make sure the maintenance procedures in this manual are completed before using the equipment.
- 8. Practice
You and others can be killed or injured if you do unfamiliar operations without practicing them first. Practice away from the job site, on a clear area.
Keep other people away.
Do not perform new operations until you are sure you can do them safely.
- 9. Communications
Bad communications can cause accidents.
Keep people around you informed of what you will be doing. If you will be working with other people make sure they understand any hand signals you will be using.
Work sites can be noisy. Do not rely on spoken commands.
- 10. Work site
Work sites can be hazardous. Inspect the site before working on it.
Make sure the work site footing has sufficient strength to firmly support the machine. Check for potholes, hidden rocks etc.
- 11. Banks and trenches
Banked material and trenches can collapse.
Do not work too close to banks and trenches where there is danger of collapse.
- 12. Metal splinters
You can be injured by flying splinters when driving metal pins in and out.
Guard against injury from flying pieces of metal or debris, wear goggles or safety glasses.
Use a soft-faced hammer or drift to remove or fit metal pins, such as pivot pins.
- 13. Safety barriers
Unguarded equipment in public places can be dangerous. Place barriers around the machine, to keep people away.
- 14. Inspections
Always use two people when making checks with the engine running.
The operator must be at the controls, able to see the person doing the checks.
- 15. Repairs and maintenance
Be sure you understand a service procedure before working on the machine or attachment.
If possible, make all repairs with the machine parked on a level, hard surface. Block the machine so it does not roll while working on or under it.
Attach a " DO NOT OPERATE" tag to the machine.
Disable the vehicle to prevent accidental start up during maintenance.
- 16. Support attachment
Do not work under a raised attachment. Lower attachment to the ground, onto blocks or stands.
Always use lift arm supports to keep loader arms raised and attachment tilted down if maintenance procedures require the attachment to be in the raised position.
Support the attachment when loosening or removing pins or bolts.
- 17. Modifications and welding
Non-approved modifications to the machine can impair the function and/or safety and affect machine life. Contact your AVSpare dealer for advise before modifying the attachment.
Before welding on the attachment while it is installed on the carrier, disconnect the alternator and the battery.
- 18. Hydraulic fluid
Fine jets of hydraulic fluid at high pressure can penetrate the skin.
Keep hands and body away from pinholes and nozzles which eject fluid under high pressure.
Use a piece of cardboard to search for leaks. Do not use your fingers to check for hydraulic fluid leaks.
If ANY fluid is injected into the skin, it must be surgically removed within a few hours by a doctor familiar with this type of injury or gangrene may result
- 19. Pressures
Relieve all pressures in air, water or oil systems before any lines, fittings or related items are disconnected or removed. Hydraulic fluid at system pressure can injure you.
Before disconnecting or connecting hydraulic hoses, stop the carrier engine and operate the controls to release pressure trapped in the hoses.
- 20. Handholds and steps
When you get on and of the machine, always maintain a three point contact with steps and handrails and face the machine. Do not use controls as handholds.
Never jump either on or off the machine. Never mount of dismount a moving machine.
Be careful of slippery conditions on platforms, steps and handrails when mounting or dismounting.
Never climb onto the attachment unless equipped with proper handholds and steps.
- 21. Tools
Always use proper tools that are in good condition and be sure that you understand how to use them before performing any service work