Equipment such as a Cat® mini hydraulic excavator plays a critical role for countless businesses across Michigan and beyond. When you rely on compact equipment to maximize productivity, it’s essential to take the appropriate steps to keep your equipment in optimal condition. By following a pre-start safety checklist, operators can eliminate potential hazards and avoid accidents while protecting and maintaining equipment.
Developing a Safe Start-Up Routine
Successful construction companies make safe practices an organization-wide institution. From your newest employees to your most seasoned equipment operators, following a pre-start checklist provides a reminder of everything that needs to be done to lay the foundation for a safe and productive shift. Steps include:
- Conducting a walk-around inspection
- Following proper vehicle mounting techniques
- Buckling up and adjusting cabin features to your preference
- Checking if operational controls are in the optimal positions
- Performing a visual scan of the area for potential dangers
This list only takes a few minutes to complete, and adhering to safe start-up routines will help lower long-term expenses and avoid costly downtime.
The following is a video that outlines the steps an operator should take before starting up a mini hydraulic excavator or related compact equipment.
Hey, I’m Colin and this is today’s Quick Tip.
Today I’m going to show you the steps you should take before starting your Cat Mini Hydraulic Excavator.
First, you should always conduct a machine walkaround.
Make sure that the tracks are free of large debris which could damage the machine.
When you enter, face the machine, and use 3 points of contact while climbing on board.
Once seated, and before starting the excavator, adjust the seat and armrests to your desired position.
Always fasten your seatbelt.
Make sure that the hydraulic control console is in the raised position and that the blade control lever and joysticks are in the neutral position.
Before starting the machine, check your surroundings to ensure that no one is in your work area.
Then set the engine speed control to medium idle position.
Now you are ready to start the engine.
As always, consult your operation and maintenance manual for more information.
That was today’s Quick Tip, thanks for watching.
Partnering With Your Local Service Provider
Pre-start checklists, warning lights and basic maintenance at regular intervals are your first line of defense in protecting equipment and cultivating a safe and productive operating environment. At Michigan CAT, we strive to be a comprehensive source for everything from preventative maintenance — such as oil changes and annual inspections — to advanced SOS fluid analysis, Cat Product Link™ equipment monitoring, equipment rebuilds and complex repairs of critical systems. As the authorized Cat dealer for the region, we offer the advanced technologies, unmatched product knowledge and peerless customer service you’ve come to expect from the world-wide leader.
Don’t leave the success of your operation to chance. Let Michigan CAT be your partner for success by providing the customized services and support needed to educate your team and care for your fleet.
Contact us today to request additional information and to schedule equipment services or repairs.