The proper procedure for mounting and dismounting construction equipment will vary, depending on the machine.
Maintain three-point contact at all times while getting onto/off of the equipment until reaching ground, cab, or stable platform
Here are a few tips to use for mounting or dismounting construction equipment:
- Always face equipment when mounting and dismounting.
- Always use handrails, handholds and steps when mounting or dismounting equipment.
- Never use operating levers or steering wheels instead of handholds and handrails.
- Never step at an angle
- Never jump from the equipment to the ground. Always Step down carefully while facing equipment
Place your foot on the step or foothold just in front of your heel, under the arch.
Make sure the soles of your boots are clean
Inspect and, when necessary, clean the rungs and cleats of your equipment’s access ladders before you mount or dismount your equipment.
Do not carry tools, paperwork or coffee in one hand while attempting to mount or dismount equipment
Carry tools in a tool belt, or have a co-worker hand them to you
Be especially careful when mounting or dismounting equipment, specifically:
Very early morning - Dew can form on access steps.
On wet/rainy or snowy/icy days when access steps can be slick
Never mount or dismount moving equipment. Always shut off the equipment and put it in park before dismounting.