Safety Guidelines

To help ensure the safest operation possible, incorporate ALL of these equipment safety guidelines into your jobsite routine. Questions? Email us at DWsafety@ditchwitch.com.

Read Manual
Understand Equipment Operation
Wear a Seatbelt
Keep Others 6 Feet (1.8 m) Away
Use Protective Equipment
Call 811 Before You Dig
Color Codes for Utilities
Use Proper Tie Downs
Use Equipment Carefully
Understand Alerts
Read Manual
Each machine is supplied with an operator's manual in a designated compartment. The operator's manual contains important safety and operational information. Read it thoroughly before operating your equipment.
Understand Equipment Operation
After reading your operator's manual, familiarize yourself with all control functions on equipment. Spend enough time to understand how to properly operate the equipment before using. Note: trenching/tilling/cutting direction is generally toward the operator.
Wear a Seatbelt
All seated operator machines are well equipped with a seatbelt. It is very important that you wear a seatbelt while operating equipment, as all mobile equipment can tip over.
Keep Others 6 Feet (1.8 m) Away
While operating equipment, keep bystanders and other workers at least six feet (1.8 m) away from the reach of equipment. Stop the machine if anyone gets too close.
Use Protective Equipment
Wear appropriate protective equipment such as safety glasses, earplugs, a hard hat, gloves, and steel-toed boots.
Call 811 Before You Dig
Call 811 for your local one-call utility locating services. Also, contact any utilities that don't subscribe to one-call. Locations are not exact. Only hand digging is allowed within the hand-dig zone on either side of the locate. Check local regulations for the width of the hand-dig zone.
Color Codes for Utilities
Use Proper Tie Downs
When hauling equipment, it is very important to use the proper size, type and number of tie downs. Equipment is marked with tie down locations.
Use Equipment Carefully
Before using, look over your equipment. Visually inspect for leaks, loose fittings or hardware. If anything doesn't look right, do not use equipment until it is corrected.
Understand Alerts
Always heed the messages indicated by the alerts on your equipment. Your first priority is your safety and the safety of those around you. For operator's manuals and safety videos, visit ditchwitch.com.
TRENCHLESS
Whether your trenchless installation job requires a horizontal directional drill, pipe-bursting equipment, rod pushers, or piercing tools, you should first thoroughly inspect your equipment even before you leave for the jobsite.
Trenchers
There are numerous safety measures that should be taken before the trencher chain first touches the earth, including a thorough examination of your trencher’s engine, hydraulics, belts, and tracks; a survey and visual inspection of the jobsite; and, of course, a call to the national 811 service.
Vacs
Ditch Witch vacs have safety requirements of their own, but they are also employed for one of the most critical safety precautions of any utility installation: potholing. By potholing, or using high-pressure water to expose buried utility lines, you can safely verify the location of the lines around which the digging or drilling operation will take place.
Mini Skid Steers
Mini Skid Steers are relatively small but require taking every safety precaution demanded by even the largest underground construction equipment. This includes wearing a hard hat, gloves, ear protection, and other personal protective equipment.
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