Mounting & Dismounting Do's & Don'ts

This Safety Talk is to raise awareness of workplace hazards that can cause a MSI. An injury that results in a strain, sprain, torn muscle, tendon, ligament or joint is called a MSI (musculoskeletal injury).

Entering or exiting an excavator can be a hazard if not done properly. Slips and falls are common causes of injury. The following safety information will provide you with training on assessing hazards that could lead to a MSI and instruct on implementing control measures to prevent a MSI.


The Construction Projects regulation (O. Reg. 213/91, s. 98) states that construction equipment must have a means of access to the operator’s station that will not endanger the operator, and must have skid-resistant walking, climbing, and work surfaces.

Ensure that your equipment complies with the law. And keep running boards, treads, steps, footholds, and platforms clear of mud, ice, snow, grease, debris, and other hazards. Housekeeping keeps you and your co-workers safe!


  • Always refer to the Operation & Maintenance Manual for proper mount and dismount procedures.
  • Inspect the ground before climbing up or down.
  • Note where feet should be placed to avoid a twisted or sprained ankle.
  • Make sure the machine is off.
  • Always check the condition of steps, ladders, and rails for mud, water, ice, dust or any other material that could cause slips.
  • Always maintain three points of contact when mounting and dismounting equipment – This means ALWAYS have two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot in contact with the machine at all times.
  • Always mount and dismount while facing the equipment.
  • Always close the latch gates, as required, for fall protection.


  • Don’t carry items when mounting or dismounting equipment.
    • IF carrying items is necessary, place the item on a bench or a ledge of the equipment and stagger step the items up or down with the extra hand while maintaining three points of contact or you can also use a rose to raise or lower the items.
  • DO NOT RUSH- Take the time needed to properly enter and exit the equipment; do not skip steps or rungs in the ladder.
  • Avoid wearing loose or torn clothing that can catch on the equipment.
  • Don’t jump down or off the equipment.

Thought Provoking Questions:

  • Do you practice 3 points of contact when entering or exiting your machine?
  • Do you keep your footwear clean and free of mud?
  • Do you remind others to be safe when you witness a coworker doing an unsafe act?