Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
When purchasing used construction equipment, it's important to complete a through inspection. If the equipment passes safety checks, conduct the final inspection using these guidelines.
- Check for minor damage to the cab, frame, attachments, etc.
- Confirm that moving parts (gears, drums, shafts, belts) and all hot surfaces (exhaust lines, pipes) are guarded.
- Examine piece-specific devices that have been added for safety. Check the owner's manual to locate them.
- With the equipment started and in motion, check the error-indicators on the front panel.
- Confirm that the gauges and displays function properly.
- Listen for abnormal noises. (This is another reason to bring an experienced operator.)
- Ensure exhausts and discharges are directed in a way that would not endanger personnel or obstruct the operator's view.