Working With Heavy Machinery

December 22, 2017 Off By Louise B. Delia

When working in an industrial workshop or facility a worker is exposed to various kinds of equipment such as hoists, pulleys, turbines, cranes, and motorized vehicles used for industrial purposes. By becoming familiar with and having a working knowlede of how these industrial machines work a worker will be better equipped to work safely inside of an industrial plant or workshop. Not every type of heavy machinery works in the same way; therefore, an industrial plant worker should be properly trained, according to OSHA regulation, in order to use the machiner for the industrial purposes it was designed.


OSHA requires that industrial worker pass certain tests, which requires minimum knowledge of machinery before use. Using industrial machinery without having the proper knowledge can result in personal injury or other types of injury to other workers on the plant floor. An OSHA certification allows an industrial worker to be fully responsible while using heavy machinery, which he must use according to the facility management and the regulations set down by OSHA. A forklift and its many different types fall under these same OSHA guidelines. For this reason, when a worker must become familiar with the functioning parts of the heavy machinery they are operating in the case of breakdown parts broken or functioning improperly can be reported to authority to be replaced or fixed.

Fixing Heavy Machinery

There is a certain protocol that is to be followed when a part of an industrial machine is broken or needs repair. First, once the broken part is identified, it must be documented and communicated to the foreman in charge to order a replacement part or fix the damaged or malfunction of the identified part. Finding a replacement part for industrial machinery is much like contacting a local vendor for a part or having the manufacturers technicians visit the industrial plant. There are national vendors as well as local vendors that can replace most parts for a lifter. For example, using an internet search engine for any forklift parts buffalo ny will return local or national vendors that can replace parts for almost every brand of forklift.

Reinspection of Machinery

After an industrial machine has been fixed and the part has been replaced or made usable again the machinery needs to be inspected again by the plant authority before it is allowed back on the industrial work floor. Using a large industrial machine after work has been done on it without inspection may cause injury to other workers. It is the responsibility of the plant foreman to permit the fixed machine and released back into the work detail and used by his industrial certified team and staff. Besides permitting fixed machinery back into the work force a plant foreman is also responsible for the periodic inspection of all industrial machinery under his care and are used by his certified team who use heavy machines in the industrial plant. Any questions that a platn foreman about a specific heavy machine as to its proper use can contact OSHA for proper guidelines.