Wearing PPE and Crushing Safely

Mar 19, 2021

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Heavy material like aggregate and concrete blocks can move around a crushing site quickly, from the loader, into an impactor, and out across conveyor belts. All of this moving material, paired with the site’s heavy machinery, can present job hazards.

Crushing teams work to mitigate these hazards by following direction from agencies like OSHA, MSHA, EPA, to name a few, on best practices, by properly training their team members, and supplying them with personal protective equipment or PPE.

Wearing PPE and Crushing Safely

When working around large rocks and other heavy materials, it is important to protect against falling objects and projectiles. Wearing a hard hat paired with steel toe boots and even a pair of safety glasses can shield team members from serious injury to vital parts of the body.

For team members who are operating portable crushing plants and equipment more than 6 feet or more above a walking or working surface, the proper PPE to wear includes a safety harness that secures a person to the spot and boots that prevent slipping on wet surfaces.

As loaders and trucks may be constantly moving about the crushing site, it is crucial for all team members present to be equipped with high visibility safety vests that catch the eye and alert drivers to nearby personnel, preventing serious accidents.

Crushing aggregate and other material can be a noisy business, so it is helpful for team members to protect their hearing by wearing ear plugs or earmuffs. This kind of protection can mitigate issues like tinnitus and even loss of hearing.

Additional PPE can depend on the environment team members are working in at any given crushing site. It is vital to adhere to guidelines laid out by agencies like OSHA and work together to prevent accidents from occurring on the job.

For more information on what kind of personal protective equipment team members should have and how to stay safe on a crushing site, we encourage you to speak with your local safety or regulatory agency to discuss your specific situation.

This article does not serve as an official safety recommendation by Eagle Crusher and should not be viewed as such. All relevant staff should consult their owner’s manual before operating Eagle Crusher equipment, or any other manufacturer’s equipment, and comply with the safety guidelines therein.

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