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Safety Stand-Down Day: Mobile Equipment

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Terry Cirone
VP, Safety
TerryCirone@isri.org
(202) 662-8500

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In the busy scrap recycling industry we see forklifts, skidsteers, trucks, railcars, and even customer vehicles moving through our facilities every day. Mobile equipment is the cause for more injuries and fatalities than any other source at scrap recycling facilities.  As you plan your safety outreach and training, consider using the safety training workbook and other safety resources below.

Mobile Equipment Training Resources

From the Field, Tony Smith

In the busy scrap recycling industry we see forklifts, skidsteers, trucks, railcars, and even customer vehicles moving through our facilities every day. The veterans in our industry know that this “organized chaos” is just another part of daily business in the scrap yard. But to the new truck driver, the temporary employee, the new buyer, or anyone else who finds themselves in the busy world of scrap we have an obligation to make sure that they understand where the hazards and blind spots are. Blind spots in a scrap recycling facility can be caused by stacks or piles of material, stationary equipment, or mobile equipment. To the mobile equipment operator these blind spots are something they understand and deal with every day. Most mobile equipment operators know and understand the blind spots on their equipment. But those operators who I have met in my travels all tell me that on a weekly and sometimes daily basis they will have someone or some vehicle approach or pass by their equipment on the blind side. This dangerous action can lead to serious injury if the hazard is not fully understood and respected by all.

Using the mobile equipment at your jobsite might make you an operator. But knowing how to recognize and respond appropriately to hazards while using the equipment in a safe and efficient manner everyday will make you a professional operator. Strive to be a professional.
 
Please take the time to use this material or other safety related materials that you may have to educate people in your facility about how to recognize blind spots and how to approach and pass by mobile equipment. These important lessons should be passed on to anyone who works, walks, or finds themselves around mobile equipment in the scrap recycling environment.


Value of Certification
A health and safety management system is a key piece of improving a facility’s safety culture. Beyond the comprehensive analysis of existing risks and hazards, the system makes written procedures, training protocols, and continual improvement part of the everyday culture among your staff. Talking about lockout tagout, confined space, and mobile equipment safety is important, ensuring that it is done properly every single time is what keeps your people safe.
 
For more information about implementing a management system visit www.rioscertification.org.