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Heavy equipment like Mini bobcat hire in brisbane has an interesting history. It was not until the 20th century that steam powered engines started to drive heavy duty equipment. Prior to that, heavy machine were driven by humans or animals. However, the first heavy duty machine-the pile driver is believed to have been invented as early as the 15th century. And even before, there have been records of a heavy duty type of equipment being used. According to the treatise-De architectura by roman engineer Vitruvius, cranes and other heavy duty equipment were already being used in the 1st century. The first tunnelling shied was patented by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1818.

During the midst of the 20th century, internal-combustion had replaced steam powered engines and became the chief source of power for heavy duty equipment. At that time the main fuels used were kerosene, ethanol and gasoline. The main fuel used today is diesel. Also, mechanical transmission had given way to hydraulic machinery. This period also saw the development of electric-powered machines such as the Forklift. The Fordson tractor was the first heavy machine to be used by the masses.

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Individuals who operate heavy duty earthmoving equipment brisbane are always at the risk of several hazards and accidents. This is why it is important to follow safety measures. Listed below are safety measures and precautions that must be followed by earth moving equipment operators.

Prior to hooking up equipment make sure that any attachment is lowered, the brakes are set, and the shift lever is in the neutral mode.

Never let an untrained person operate the machine.

While operating equipment on an active road, always display flashing lights and a slow vehicle triangle.

Always make certain that your equipment is equipped with ROPS.

While working near trees, check for any dead branches over the equipment

Before proceeding with the task, always make sure that there is no one around, and the area is clear.

Do not leave a machine on an incline.

Before refuelling and getting repairs shut off the engines.

After you are done with the task for the day, secure the equipment and ensure that it is clear of traffic.

Maintain every caution while working near the edges of cuts and fills.

If you are getting equipment repaired, never forget to place a “under repair” sign on the seat.

Observing these safety measures can be of great help in preventing accidents and injuries.