Excavator Overturns, Seatbelt Prevents Serious Injury
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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration

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Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Heavy Equipment

For maximum stability while at work on a slope, the crawlers or wheels and the undercarriage of the excavator should be placed parallel to the slope and not across the slope.

A supervisor positioned the tracks of a hydraulic excavator in such a manner that it caused the machine to overturn as he was moving it. Though the supervisor sustained an injury to his shoulder, more serious injuries would have been likely had he not been using his seat belt.

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