Skid-steers can be dangerous due to their short wheelbase and quick turning ability, as well as having a center of gravity that can easily become off balance causing them to tip. The view entirely around the machine can easily be limited. This requires operators to take special note of objects or people that may not always be in the line of sight when operating. We often take for granted that people understand these considerations, but what is obvious to some, may not be so to others and often overlooked.
This four-part series will cover the basics of skid steer safety including start-up and shut-down, other hazards and communication.