Employers should take the following site set-up safety steps to protect workers from injury while working with excavators or backhoe loaders.
- Contact local utilities and other responsible parties to locate overhead and underground utility lines before beginning work. Avoid working near overhead power lines. If you must work near them, develop a plan to avoid contact and to follow OSHA regulations for minimum clearance.
- Do not permit hydraulic excavators or backhoes to be operated on grades steeper than those specified by the manufacturer.
- Make sure that workers position machinery at a safe distance from excavations such as trenches.
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