Pipeline jobsites are sometimes located in mountains, or contain steep areas. Safe operation of a Pipelayer depends not only on safety aspects designed into the equipment by the manufacturer, but also on many other variables which must be known and controlled by the contractors and machine operators. Many factors impact machine stability on slopes. Boom length, load carried and load overhang have a direct influence on stability. Dynamic Load swing and ground conditions also affect stability. Finally, Operator experience and training on a specific machine are critical to safe slope operation. Each of these factors is analyzed thoroughly, and Safe Operating Tips are provided to minimize risks and maximize productivity when operating on slopes.
Caterpillar has conducted extensive theoretical and practical testing on their pipelayers, both new models and older models which are still very popular and widely used on jobsites. Pipelayer Safety Operating Tips are a direct result of Caterpillar’s 50-years of experience in the pipeline industry and prove the attention to Safety that is paramount with Caterpillar.