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Equipment safety in unsafe weather

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- Posted: August 2, 2018
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We all know how unpredictable the weather can be, especially when it comes to snow storms. Being prepared and being safe while running equipment can be a challenge. When looking to purchase equipment, such as a wheel loader, to help plow and remove the snow, while keeping you safe during the toughest snow storm, here are some things you should consider.

Operator Safety: While the temperatures begin to drop and ice can be a factor, having a cab door that opens with gas shock assistance, good handles, and foot step grips can be vital to avoiding a fall while entering and exiting a machine.

Bystander/Object Safety: As the snowfall and wind pick up to blizzard level, it is important that the operator has a good view through the cab windows and a camera monitoring system to alert the operator of people or obstacles around them when visibility is low.

Operator Comfort/productivity: While the machine needs to run well to be productive, it is also important to find a machine that allows your operator to stay comfortable during the long hours, whether it is a good heating system or even a 6-way position heated air-ride seat with hydraulic controls that move with the seat for optimum ergonomic comfort. This allows for maximum operator performance.

Fleet Management/Security
: With how erratic weather can be, it is vital to be able to manage and know the location of your fleet and operators to ensure not only the safety of your operators, but to also prevent machine theft. Purchasing a machine that comes with a built-in telematics system is definitely the way to go. Other important security features to look for include battery disconnect switches, external key lock on the DEF and diesel tanks, as well as one that can integrate a key fob for security and remote start convenience.

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