Safety – Machine Operation

Updated 26th May 2006
Deletions for consideration by manager
Machine Operation (Fork and Loader) – job description


Anybody driving a machine at Bulleen Art & Garden must have the appropriate licence or ticket and be instructed of the relevant safety issues in the centre. No exceptions. These machines are expensive and deadly. Anybody found flaunting these rules will be dealt with accordingly.

When using heavily machinery safety is by far the greatest issue. Any lapses in concentration while operating these machines can result in severe injuries or death. When you are operating the machine, the responsibility is entirely on you. Turn the machine off is somebody is too close or you feel that safety has been compromised. Never speed or drive erratically as this is not only dangerous but causes great wear on the machines.

You must control hazardous situations. If you see a dangerous situation developing, act swiftly and with authority. Control people and traffic movement. We are willing to upset customers over a safety issue.

We currently have two forklifts, a 2 tonne and a 3 tonne. The two tonne can be operated in the nursery while the three tonne is restricted to use in the driveway and yard.

General operation
The forklift must be stationary before changing direction.
Never let anybody within 3 metres of the forklift while in use.
Always hang the key of the forklift on the hook above the seat, every time that you get off the machine
Do not leave the forklift running unattended
When operating the forklift show caution, the rear turning of the forklift can create potentially dangerous situations if not accounted for.
When reversing, always look over your shoulder. Always make sure the beeper is sounding.
Anyways watch the height of the mast when you are raising the tines.

Maintenance checks
Check the water and fuel levels and all hoses every morning
Check for wear on any of the moving components and tyres
Report any malfunctions to the yard manager

General operation
The tractor must be stationary before changing directions.
When reversing, always look over your shoulder. Always make sure the beeper is sounding.
When tipping into customer’s car, make sure the customer is a safe distance away from the loader bucket.
Only operate loader in first gear, big safety consideration.

Maintenance checks

Check water and diesel fuel level, air, water and hydraulic hoses.
On a weekly basis, the tractor should be thoroughly checked over i.e. all nipples greased, oil checked, coolant checked, air cleaner checked, hydraulic oil checked, tyres checked and tractor cleaned out. (This step is to be done by full time staff only, i.e. Manager or Driver).
Never leave the tractor idling for any significant time

Pushing up bins and loading trucks
As you load trucks and trailers push the bins up. Scrape the tractor bucket along the concrete to the material and take a bucket from each side of the bin before the centre. This will keep the yard a lot tidier and save a lot of unnecessary wastage.
As soon as a supplier’s truck drops material, or when the bins start to look untidy, or if it looks like rain push the bins up and scrape the yard.
To reduce wastage and to stop customer complaints due to being given mixed materials you have to get off the tractor and use a shovel to separate the materials.
Particular care must be taken to keep the brick sand and mushroom compost pushed up or it will make a mess of the yard and drive if your wheels travel over it at all. In a perfect yard there is no reason, except to push up product, for the front wheels of the loader to touch any product, this will keep the yard a lot cleaner.
Be careful at all times not to over load the truck. Check the load limits sign in tractor if you are unsure.
When doing split loads in the Isuzu, load over side only with great care.
Always guide supplier trucks into the bins. Do not just sit on the tractor, you must get off the tractor every time and stand in a position where you can view the bin and the driver can see you.
Guiding trucks into bins is very important, it not only gets the drivers on side but also saves our bins from expensive and time wasting damage.

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