Operating the Machine
Before starting work, walk the site to uncover hazards and
to plan the job. Check for buried utility lines and pipes,
and for gas and oil pipelines
Keep site clean and level to maximize machine stability,
reduce operator fatigue, and increase productivity.
Do not knock down stakes or grade markers. If you lose
sight of your guides, you may have to re-work the job.
Use your seat belt.
Select a route that is as flat as possible. Steer machine as
straight as possible making small, gradual changes in
When driving over rough terrain, reduce speed to lessen
possibility of undercarriage damage. Reduce speed when
carrying a heavy load, or working in a congested area.
When possible, avoid obstacles, rough terrain, rocks,
curbs, and ditches. In general, decreasing speed
When driving, carry bucket or attachment low for good
visibility and machine stability and to avoid overhead
obstacles. Visibility may also be improved by rotating
Limit hydraulic excavator travel times at high speed over
grass terrain while using the bucket and hammer to four
If the operational scenario will not permit operating in four
(4) hour increments, provide the operator with a 30 minute
rest, after four (4) hours of operating the hydraulic
excavator, before resuming operations.