Track and Skid Steer Loader Safety Tips

Skid steer and track loaders are very popular equipment rental choices. These loaders are efficient, hardworking, and perfect for one-time job uses. The wide range of quick-change attachments includes multiple sizes of buckets, backhoes, forks, hammers, rakes, and augers, making them extremely versatile machines. Loaders are loved because they make quick work of building, construction, landscaping, and farm work. Let's take a look at how you can stay safe while operating your track and skid steer loader rentals.

Skid Steer and Track Loader Operation Safety

  • Keep bystanders at a safe distance from your work area. This is especially important when lowering or raising buckets and attachments.  
  • Always wear your seat belt with the seat bar lowered. This will keep you securely in the machine in the event of a tip over while operating the machine on a steep angle.
  • Don't permit passengers on the loader unless the loader is designed for a second rider. Never allow anyone to ride in a bucket or attachment. Passengers may interfere with controls or fall off and get injured.
  • Always examine the terrain you’re working on before you get started. Check for overhead and on the ground hazards like powerlines and holes or stumps. 
  • Maintain a speed that is appropriate for the conditions and visibility. Slow travel will keep the loader under control is less than ideal working conditions.
  • Pay attention to balance. A full load will transfer the weight to the front axle from the rear axle. Manage the center of gravity by controlling the speed and load height. When traveling up and down steep slopes and ramps the heavy end of the machine should be pointed uphill.
  • When mounting and dismounting, keep three points of contact with the machine. Both hands, and one foot, or one hand and both feet. 

Duke Equipment Rentals

Ready for your track and skid steer loader rental? When you rent from Duke Rentals your equipment is always clean, maintained, safe, and dependable. Our rental experts can you with any questions you have about choosing the right loader and appropriate attachment for the job. Call today and get the right equipment for your next project. 

866-438-3853 

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