Read all operating instructions and safety rules in this manual carefully. Important information is
emphasized in each respective section. Failure to do so could result in personal injury and/or damage
This chapter contains the safety instructions for the Interim High-Mobility Engineer Excavator (IHMEE). Personnel
responsible for the equipment covered in this manual must ensure it is properly and safely operated and maintained. Only
appropriately qualified personnel should be employed in these activities.
Statutory and local requirements concerning work practices, safety, and health precautions must be observed. Where
appropriate, warnings, cautions, and notes are included in the manual and are defined as follows:
Calls attention to instructions which, if not correctly followed, may result in injury or death to personnel.
Calls attention to instructions which, if not strictly observed, may result in damage to equipment.
Indicates an operating procedure, maintenance practice, or condition that requires highlighting.
Carefully read and follow all safety signs on the vehicle and all safety messages in this manual. If a safety sign is damaged or
missing, notify Unit maintenance.
Unauthorized modifications to the vehicle may impair its function or safety, affecting vehicle life. The safety information
illustrates basic safety procedures of hydraulic Front-End Loader (FEL)/backhoe vehicles, however, it is impossible for this
information to cover every hazardous situation that may be encountered. If in doubt, consult the supervisor before operating
and maintaining the vehicle.
Seat belts and protective headgear must always be worn when operating or driving the vehicle. Failure
to comply may result in injury or death to personnel.
Avoid wearing loose clothing, jewelry, or other items that can catch on control levers or other parts of the vehicle. Wear
close-fitting clothing and safety equipment appropriate to the job.