The right equipment will help you finish large jobs faster and with less manpower. However, before you rent or buy heavy equipment for your project, you need to understand what tasks each machine is best suited to perform. For instance, a backhoe and an excavator are both useful for digging, but you’ll want to choose an excavator over a backhoe if you’re also performing grading on your project. Aerial lifts are great for reaching high places, such as power lines, and forklifts are perfect for moving objects from one place to another. Learn more about what equipment you need in this infographic by BigRentz. It doesn’t make sense to waste money on equipment you don’t need.
When you’re renting heavy construction equipment, you also need to be concerned about safety. OSHA enforces strict standards and regulations for machine operators. Whoever will be using the heavy machinery will need to take safety training that includes how to operate the controls, refuel the equipment, perform basic safety inspections, park the equipment safely, and identify potential hazards that are associated with the machinery. You can typically sign up for training at the site where you buy or purchase the equipment.
In addition to safety training, it’s important that all machine operators wear protective gear while operating heavy machinery. Most heavy equipment operators need a hard hat, protective eyewear, bright vests, and steel-toed shoes. Gloves, harnesses, and face masks are sometimes needed. Whenever people are operating heavy machinery, safety should be a top priority. Learn more in the following infographic.