Heavy equipment operator

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Heavy equipment operator
US Navy 060324-5328N-N-324 Using a mini excavator, a heavy equipment operator with the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based, Dick Corp. carefully covers the remains of a wrecked wooden ship aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.jpg
A mini excavator uncovers the remains of a wooden ship
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A wheeled front loader at work. This wheeled tractor is equipped with a large bucket, which can be raised or lowered by hydraulic arms.

A heavy equipment operator operates heavy equipment used in engineering and construction projects.[1][2] Typically only skilled workers may operate heavy equipment, and there is specialized training for learning to use heavy equipment.

Operator training[edit]

Various organizations set standards for training for heavy equipment operators. Such organizations typically offer what in the US is called "effective safety training". Specific organizations include the following:


Much publication about heavy equipment operators focuses on improving safety for such workers. The field of occupational medicine researches and makes recommendations about safety for these and other workers in safety-sensitive positions.

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  1. ^ U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Outlook Handbook
  2. ^ V. J. Davies, Ken Tomasin (1996). Construction Safety Handbook. Thomas Telford. ISBN 0-7277-2519-X.