General Machine Operator Requirements
(1)Machines must be started and operated only by authorized personnel.
(2)Operators must be instructed about and comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations for machine operation, maintenance, safe work practices, and site operating procedures.
(3)Before starting or moving any machine, the operator must determine that personnel are in the clear.
(4)Operators must inspect their machines each day before starting work.
(5)All machine engines must be off during inspection or repair except where necessary for adjustment or checking fluids.
(6)Machines must not be operated with defective steering, braking, other parts or components that are necessary for safe operation.
(7)Defective hydraulic hoses, lines and fittings that affect the safe operation of the machine must be immediately replaced.
(8)All repairs and adjustments necessary for safe operation must be made before any strain or load is placed upon any machine.
(9)Machines must not be operated until all guards are reinstalled, safety devices reactivated, and maintenance equipment removed after adjustments or repairs are made.
(10)Operators must start and operate machines only from the operator’s station or from a safe area recommended by the manufacturer.
(11)At the start of each shift, machine operators must test all drum brakes before taking a load.
(12)Machines must be operated within their stability limits.
(13)Loads on forklift-type log handling machines must be transported:
(a)As low as safely possible.
(b)In a manner that minimizes obstructing the operator’s view.
(14)The machine operator must apply the parking brake, brake locks or other equivalent means to hold the machine stationary before dismounting.
(15)Blades must be lowered to the ground or other stable surfaces while the operator is out of the normal operating work station.
(16)Grapples, delimber masts, feller buncher attachments, forks and other similar devices must be stable and pose no hazard to others while the operator is out of the normal operating work station.
(17)If a hydraulic or pneumatic storage device can move machine elements, such as, but not limited to, blades, buckets, saws and shears, after the machine is shut down, the pressure or stored energy from the element must be discharged as specified by the manufacturer.
Rule 437-007-0705 — General Machine Operator Requirements,