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Safety Critical Equipment on Excavators

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Doors, locks, side windows, and windscreens on the cabs of excavator equipment can all be relatively easily damaged as a result of working within a harsh and demanding environment.

Sometimes on older equipment, or on equipment used by organizations with immature safety cultures, there may be a tendency to delay repairs and maintenance of broken glass.

But the door mechanism and the windows on dozers should be considered as safety critical equipment; and any breakage of this type of equipment should result in removal from service and immediate repair of the damage.

This safety alert from APPEA highlights how the windscreen on an excavator being used by Chevron probably saved the operators life when the cab was hit by a high-velocity projectile.

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