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Digger And Excavator Hire

Are you looking for digger and excavator hire in the Durham area? Our plant machinery is offered at the highest quality of performance and reliability.

Whether you require a mini digger for a DIY project in your garden or you need an excavator to help you complete a large construction project, we can help.

We offer mini diggers, micro diggers and excavators to suit all job requirements.

Visit our plant hire page to see the plant machinery available.

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Are you able to operate an excavator yourself?

Diggers and excavators must be operated safely at all times. The law describes precautions that must be taken, including the separation of pedestrians and excavators.

Excavators are always required to be maintained regularly and operated by drivers who are specially trained to operate heavy equipment.

Hazard-free routes for pedestrians are part of a safe working environment. These should always be in place, alongside separate zones for excavators and pedestrians. Hazards lead to injuries and place both pedestrians and vehicle operators at risk.

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Tips for Excavator Safety 

Before you start working, you should prepare to operate an excavator safely, several things must be done in the area. Several of these require the expertise of professionals who are trained to deal with underground electricity or other cables. There are also precautions that each driver must take before they start working every day.Seat belts are not only provided for comfort, but they also help to keep operators safe if a vehicle starts to slide or is at risk of overturning. Drivers should ensure that seat belts are always worn whenever they are operating a vehicle.

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Seat belts 

Seat belts are not only provided for comfort, but they also help to keep operators safe if a vehicle starts to slide or is at risk of overturning. Drivers should ensure that seat belts are always worn whenever they are operating a vehicle. 

A clear view

A clear view of the area surrounding the vehicle on all sides helps to prevent collisions. Mirrors should be clean and set in the correct position before work begins.

  • If control levers are not working properly, the wrong action may result when a driver is working.
  • Control levers should be checked to ensure that they are working properly.
  • The vehicle's propulsion system should be checked before you start working, to ensure that you only move forward by the amount that you desire.
  • All underground lines or structures should be clearly identified by professionals from the utility company.

Safe Operation of Excavators

Every excavator is designed for a driver and passengers should not be allowed in the cab or elsewhere. Drivers should only begin operation if they are safely seated and in full control of the machine. If a driver is travelling through a congested area, they should do so at a safe, low speed. 

Buckets

Buckets that are being used to carry materials should be kept low to the ground. This helps to keep the machine stable while providing the driver with a clear view of any pedestrians or vehicles that may be approaching. Each route selected by drivers should be flat, to avoid instability.

Propelling up or down slopes

Propelling up or down slopes provides drivers with an increased level of risk. To keep the vehicle stable, the boom should always be rolled out, and the bucket should be lowered. Preparing in this way allows a driver to react quickly by dropping the bucket if they need to stop the machine from sliding.

Wet conditions 

Wet conditions increase the risk of sliding and the boom can be used to help a driver move up and down a slope safely. The bucket should always be kept low to the ground, with the flat surface parallel to the earth. 

Trenching

While trenching, dirt should be used to make the ground level by placing it under the tracks. Spoil piles should be placed far from the vehicle to reduce the risk of a cave in. While loading a truck, the bucket should not be swung, since falling material can cause injuries. 

We offer our services for County Durham. Contact us if you require digger or dumper hire in the north east. Read about the areas that we cover for excavator hire.