Tips When Hiring and Operating Earthmovers

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Tips When Hiring and Operating Earthmovers

29 January 2019
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If you intend to create a driveway or do landscaping around your home, then you may need to hire earthmoving equipment. Your first decision should be determining which equipment you need. After that, visit a company offering earthmoving equipment hire services to check on the availability of the machine. Below are a few tips to guide you when hiring and operating the earthmover.

Choosing a company

Choose a company that will offer you value for your money. The company should price their services within industry rates. Ensure that you understand the company's pricing method. For instance, do they charge per hour or per day? Do not forget to negotiate and ask for discounts if you intend to hire the machine for a long period. The company should also offer extra services such as 24-hour support and transport of the equipment to and from the site. Also ask whether the company will cover the equipment's repair and maintenance. 

Inspection and operation 

Inspect the equipment to verify that it is in good working condition. Preferably, ask for a recent inspection certificate and service records. Avoid hiring old equipment, as it could break down at the site. Inquire about the equipment's fuel consumption rates. That way, you will be able to know how much fuel you should have. If you are not skilled in operating earthmovers, you should seek the services of a qualified operator. 


The equipment must be covered by insurance. You may also need to take other forms of insurance depending on the scope of the project. For instance, you may require workers' compensation or public liability insurance.

On-site safety

Safety is imperative, as accidents involving earthmovers could be devastating. Below are a few safety measures you should observe. 

  1. Always wear personal protective clothing, including gloves, safety helmets, boots and reflector jackets when operating the machine.
  2. Maintain an open line of communication between the plant operator and other personnel on-site. For instance, you can use walkie-talkies and signals to communicate.
  3. Ask children and other family members to keep off the area you will be working on. 
  4. Have an emergency procedure to guide you in case of an accident. You should have a first aid box and emergency contacts.
  5. Avoid parking the equipment on uneven ground. Always set the parking brake and lower the attachments when parking the earthmover.

When hiring earthmoving equipment, choose a reputable company, inspect the machine, ensure that the earthmover is insured and observe on-site safety.