Heavy Equipment Safety – Module ID 22102

Heavy Equipment Safety – Module ID 22102


Working in and around heavy equipment is hazardous. Heavy equipment operators and other workers need to work together to keep the job site safe. The heavy equipment operator’s job is to operate the equipment in a manner that protects both the operator and other workers. When working around heavy equipment, operators must act in a way that does not place them or their co-workers in danger of an accident. This module covers some of the dangers about working around heavy equipment. Because heavy equipment work is hazardous, there are a number of specific rules and procedures in place to decrease the chances for an accident. This module provides basic information about how to stay safe around heavy equipment.

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Learning Objective 1 – Successful completion of this module prepares trainees to: Explain work zone safety requirements.

  • Describe signs, barriers, and other devices and methods used for work zone safety.
  • Describe traffic control safety methods.

Learning Objective 2 – Successful completion of this module prepares trainees to: Explain hazard communication.

  • Explain the purpose and content of Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Describe the labeling systems used for hazardous materials.
  • Describe noise control methods.

Learning Objective 3 – Identify and describe safety practices associated with heavy equipment operation.

  • List job site and equipment safety requirements.
  • Explain the safety hazards associated with weather.
  • Explain safety practices associated with equipment maintenance.

Learning Objective 4 – Successful completion of this module prepares trainees to: Identify safety practices associated with trenches and excavations.

  • Explain how soil composition relates to trench failures.
  • Describe the methods used to protect workers in trenches and excavations.
  • Identify personal safety hazards related to dust and soils.

Performance Tasks

Place barricades and temporary traffic control devices for a highway construction zone.

Demonstrate how to use flags or paddles to control traffic.

Demonstrate how to use various types of personal protective equipment (PPE):

  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear protection
  • Gloves
  • Safety harness
  • Reflective safety vest

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