Entering and exiting the skid loader-
- Lift arms and bucket should be completely lowered.
- The seat and floor should be clear of obstructions.
- Face the machine and maintain 3-points of contact when getting on and off.
- To enter the skid loader, use the grab bars (hand holds) and the tread plates mounted on the loader bucket. Never use machine controls as handholds.
- The loader bucket and machine steps can be slippery when wet or muddy. Keep these areas clean.
- When seated, lower the restraint bar and/or fasten the seat belt.
- Exit the machine in the same manner.
- Do not reach into the cab from the ground level to move hydraulic levers or pedals to position the lift arms and bucket.
Drivers should never leave the operator’s station of a skid loader when the engine is running or the lift arms are raised because of the potential to activate one of the vehicle’s controls. A study from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that many operators have been killed or suffered crushing injuries trying to climb out of the cab without observing safe shut down procedures.
Employers can help protect their workers by fully training them in skid-steer loader safety before they operate the machine, as well as by sharing these tips:
- Make sure that you park the machine on a level surface.
- Enter and exit the loader safely and only when the bucket is flat on the ground, or when the lift arm supports are in place.
- Before leaving the operator’s seat, lower the bucket to the ground, set the parking brake, and turn off the engine.
- Make sure the controls are locked (if so equipped).
- Remove the ignition key when not in use.
- Unbuckle the safety belt and raise the safety bar.
- When getting on or off, face the machine and use the steps on the loader and the grab handles for support.
- Never jump on or off the machine.
- Never attempt to mount or dismount a moving machine.
- Block the wheels if there is a chance the loader will roll.