Earthmoving equipment used as a crane

How to decide if certain earthmoving equipment should be used to lift and move freely suspended loads.
Last updated

Jun 2017

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3 pages

What it contains

Powered earthmoving equipment like excavators, backhoes and front-end loaders are often used like a mobile crane to lift and move freely suspended loads. This document outlines:

  • which types of earthmoving equipment can be used for these activities
  • when equipment should be fitted with hose burst protection valves
  • how to use lifting points and quickhitches
  • how to use safe work systems
  • how to train and instruct workers