Mini Excavator Rentals and Safety Regulations

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2024

If you’re getting ready to rent a mini excavator, it’s critical to be up-to-date with safety regulations and protocols so you can safely and confidently use the equipment. Find out more about safely using a mini excavator rental below.

What Safety Features Does the Mini Excavator Have?

It’s important to recognize that the specific set of safety features will vary from one mini-excavator model to the next. However, the following are some of the more common and popular safety features:

  • Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) according to the international protection standard
  • Falling-Object Protection System (FOPS) according to the international protection standard
  • Control lock levers to lock attachments, swing, swing the boom, and drive the mini excavator
  • The no-start engine if control lock levers are raised
  • When the safety control lever is moved upward for entry/exit, the pilot and travel controls are disabled to prevent unexpected machine movement
  • Seatbelt
  • Seat belt reminder system
  • Collision avoidance monitors and alarms
  • Rearview mirror
  • Hydraulic safety interlock systems
  • Swing control protection
  • Work lights

Are There Any Safety Regulations or Guidelines I Need To Follow While Operating The Mini Excavator?

When you pick up your equipment rental (or when we drop it off at your work site), someone from The Equipment Source team will provide you with brief but thorough training for operating a mini excavator. In addition to this training, we suggest following these safety guidelines:

  • Wear protective gear
  • Do not exceed the load capacity
  • Align mirrors
  • Confirm you have proper visibility at all times when operating
  • Keep other workers away from the machine while it’s in use
  • Avoid damaging any utility lines
  • Do not operate if you are tired, don’t feel well, or have consumed alcohol
  • Engage the parking brake when not actively operating the machine
  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • When moving material, keep your bucket close to the ground to reduce the chances of anything falling out and onto the machine
  • Drive slowly over uneven terrain
  • Avoid driving diagonally on hills
  • Put the bucket at rest on the ground before turning off the machine
  • Park on a flat surface

Are There Any Excavators for Rent Near Me?

With eight different locations, we are ready to help you access the tools and equipment you need to finish your projects. Do you have any questions? Are you ready to reserve an earth-moving equipment rental? Contact our equipment rental experts today!