340F Excavator Guards - Operator Protection Caterpillar


Guards - Operator Protection
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340F Excavator [SEBU9456]
FRAME AND BODY
GUARD GP
340F Excavator Guards - Operator Protection
1.1. Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS), Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS or Top Guard) or Tip Over Protection Structure (TOPS)
2.1. Other Guards (If Equipped)

There are different types of guards that are used to protect the operator. The machine and the machine application determine the type of guard that should be used.

A daily inspection of the guards is required in order to check for structures that are bent, cracked or loose. Never operate a machine with a damaged structure.

The operator becomes exposed to a hazardous situation if the machine is used improperly or if poor operating techniques are used. This situation can occur even though a machine is equipped with an appropriate protective guard. Follow the established operating procedures that are recommended for your machine.

Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS), Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS or Top Guard) or Tip Over Protection Structure (TOPS)

The ROPS, TOPS, or FOPS Structure (if equipped) on your machine is specifically designed, tested and certified for that machine. Any alteration or any modification to the ROPS, TOPS, or FOPS Structure could weaken the structure. This places the operator into an unprotected environment. Modifications or attachments that cause the machine to exceed the weight that is listed on the operator protection certification plate also place the operator into an unprotected environment. The protection that is offered by the ROPS, TOPS, or FOPS Structure will be impaired structurally damaged. Damage to the structure can be caused by an overturn, a falling object, a collision, etc.

Do not mount items (fire extinguishers, first aid kits, work lights, etc) by welding brackets to the ROPS, TOPS, or FOPS Structure or by drilling holes in those structures. Welding brackets or drilling holes in the ROPS, TOPS, or FOPS Structures can weaken the structures. Consult your AVSpare dealer for mounting guidelines.

Other Guards (If Equipped)

Protection from flying objects and/or falling objects is required for special applications. Logging applications and demolition applications are two examples that require special protection.

A front guard needs to be installed when a work tool that creates flying objects is used. Mesh front guards that are approved by AVSpare or polycarbonate front guards that are approved by AVSpare are available for machines with a cab or an open canopy. On machines that are equipped with cabs, the windows should also be closed. Safety glasses are recommended when flying hazards exist for machines with cabs and machines with open canopies.

If the work material extends above the cab, top guards and front guards should be used. Typical examples of this type of application are listed below:

  • Demolition applications

  • Rock quarries

  • Forestry products

Additional guards may be required for specific applications or work tools. The Operation and Maintenance Manual for your machine or your work tool will provide specific requirements for the guards. Refer to Operation Maintenance manual, "Demolition" for additional information. Consult your AVSpare dealer for additional information.

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