When you possess a do-it-yourself spirit, you'll often choose to rent equipment for projects instead of pay a contractor to do the work for you. Whether you're working around your business or your home, heavy construction equipment rental can make the workload light and help you get the job done quickly and satisfactorily. While you'll need to be careful behind the controls of the equipment that you're running, those around you also need to make safety a priority. Wearing a selection of safety gear, including hearing protection, is only the start. To ensure the job gets done safely, make sure to stress the following rules to people who will be sharing the job site with you.

Being Seen Doesn't Go Both Ways

It's easy for someone working on the ground to mistakenly assume that because he or she can see you, the reverse is also true. The reality is that being seen doesn't always go both ways when heavy equipment is involved. Take each of your helpers around the machine before you run it (and even consider having each person sit in the seat). This will give everyone an idea of what vision you'll have while operating the machine. In addition to your eyes being trained on the job at hand, you may also be dealing with blind spots that prevent you from clearly seeing those around you. Make sure that each person who needs to approach the machine does so from the front after making eye contact with you.

Riding Is A No-No

If the work area is large — for example, a backyard that extends a few acres — those who are helping you might be tempted to hitch a ride on the machine. However, standing on the ladder, footrests or any other such area of any machine while it's moving is highly dangerous. Although you should make sure to never operate your equipment when someone has climbed aboard, make sure that everyone knows that catching a ride is out of the question.

Communicate With The Operator

While the loud noise of the equipment will often make verbal communication difficult, those who are working around you should know to communicate via body language. Doing so can keep them safe. For example, if someone wishes to walk past the machine, waving to get your attention and then gesturing accordingly can inform you of the person's intended path. You can then give the thumbs up to the person or a negative cue to tell the person to stay put for the time being.