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As a heavy equipment operator, you have greater responsibilities in regard to safety than your co-workers. It can be very disheartening to see people failing to take proper safety precautions around your heavy equipment. Is it your responsibility to report them for heavy equipment safety infractions? No, but it is worthy of a warning.
The fact is on work sites, no matter how careful you are and what heavy equipment safety precautions you take, some accidents will happen. The reality is that the vast majority of accidents on building sites are avoidable accidents. While it might not be possible to guard against freak accidents that cannot be helped, it is possible to take steps to eliminate accidents that occur out of naivety or ignorance.
If you see co-workers neglecting heavy equipment safety measures that are established, it would be a very good idea to talk to them about it. They need to respect that their actions have potential repercussions for heavy equipment operators. Sometimes a firm word is enough to persuade them to act differently. If it isn’t take the problem to the management. After all, it is not your job to deal with unprofessional personnel.