Front-End Loader Safety

A front-end loader is a versatile machine of great value for modern farms, construction sites and any other area where material needs to be loaded and transported. There are many types of front-end loaders, but they all have different specifications. However, as front-end loaders change the center of the gravity and the stability in the loader, they can be very dangerous if not operated properly. The most dangerous hazard is the potential tipping while changing the center of the gravity. Before you get into the cab of your loader, read and follow the directions pointed in the manual of the operator for the loader. It is suggested to equip your loader with a roll-over protection structure and add a seat belt for best protection. Here are a few safety tips for working with a front-end loader.

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  • While carrying loads and operating on hills, the bucket should be kept low, because a sudden bump can easily upset the loader.
  • Unsecured loads (for example: large and round bales carried without a bale) can roll back and damage the operator.
  • When the bucket is loaded, you should drive forward when going uphill and downhill.
  • Operators should carry the loads low to maintain visibility and stability, but also to be sure that the load is high enough to minimize the chance of possible contact with the pavement.
  • You should use your loader only for its specific purposes. Do not use it for applications that are not recommended for front-end loaders, such as towing, removing fence posts or for knocking trees down.
  • Operators should never ride people in the bucket and do not allow anyone to walk or work under a raised loader.
  • Raising and lowering the arms of your loader should be done slowly and steady.
  • Operators should load the bucket evenly and avoid overloading to prevent upsets, as well as avoid exceeding the load limits set in your manual.
  • As there are loads that might slide or shift, you need to be very careful when making turns. You can add extra weight on the rear of the loader to counter-balance the weight of the load.
  • When operating your front-end loader, pay attention on the road and try to avoid every hole, rock, loose fill or any other obstacle that could upset your loader.
  • Avoid undercutting high banks, and in case if it must be undercut, watch carefully for falling rocks and cave-ins and stay away from the outer edge.

When you are done with your work, there are just few additional precautions you need to consider. Lower the bucket to the ground before you leave the cab, to prevent accidents. When working on the exterior of your front-end loader, take precautions: block your loader before starting to work under it or through the arms of the loader. Work on it with the loader bucket down.

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