In this Bobcat Company training video, you'll learn basic safety rules and instructions for operating Bobcat® skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and all-wheel steer loaders.
Be Wary of Skid-Steer Loaders
Skid-steer loaders can be very dangerous
• Skid-steer loaders are useful machines, but they can also be very dangerous.
• It’s important that you never operate a loader unless you have been
authorized and are properly trained. See your manager if you have any
questions about the safe operation of a skid-steer loader.
• Serious injuries or deaths have occurred when skid-steer loader operators:
– are pinned between the bucket and the frame
– are pinned between the lift arms and the frame
– are pinned between the loader and another object
– lose control of the loader and it overturns
– allow children to operate the machine
• Serious injuries also occur when operators either take off or modify such
safety equipment as the rollover protective structure or ROPS, the seat belt,
restraint bars, side screens or overhead shield.
Warning: Never remove, modify or bypass skid-steer loader safety devices.
Getting on and off a skid-steer loader
• Before getting on a skid-steer loader, walk completely around the machine.
Check to see that no one is under it or close to it.
• Be sure the lift arms are lowered and the bucket is flat on the ground. The
only time you should get on a loader when the lift arms are up is if they are
being held up by a mechanical restraining device. The hydraulic system
alone isn’t enough. See your manager if you have any questions.
• When getting on a loader, face the seat and grab the handholds on the
machine. Don’t use control levers in place of handholds.
• Never jump on or off the machine. Use both hands when getting on or off.
• Before leaving the operator’s seat, lower the bucket flat to the ground, put
the controls in neutral, set the parking brake, and turn off the engine. Face
the machine when you are getting off.