Dump Truck Operation Safety Tips You Should Always Follow
While on the surface driving a dump truck may seem as simple as getting a load, driving, and dumping that load, it's a job that requires skill, care, and attention. Whether it's being safe on the road, or on the construction site, there are certain things that you absolutely need to watch out for. In this blog, we take a look at the dump truck operations safety tips you should always follow.
Your tires are quite literally the only part of your vehicle that touches the road. Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, and have the right amount of tread. Over or under-inflated tires can cause your vehicle to become unstable. Make sure to check your tire pressure during your daily vehicle inspection.
This may sound like common sense, but as many of us know, common sense does not equal common practice; wear your seatbelt at all times. Not only will this help keep you safe in the event of an accident while driving, but it also keeps you safe while your vehicle is stationary. If your vehicle tips while being loaded, a safety belt can keep you secure
Safety while operating your truck extends to when you get out of the cab as well. That means being careful of steps getting out, and using handholds on your way to the ground. It also means wearing any PPE that the site you're on requires when you're outside of the vehicle, including hardhats and steel toe boots
When your vehicle is being loaded, ensure that you've parked in a spot with enough space for the loader to operate. Remember too that the loader always needs to know where the driver is, so stay in the vehicle with your seatbelt on and fastened.
When you're unloading, safety remains at the forefront. Ensure that all vehicles and workers are out of the way as you drive through the site. Confirm your unload location with the foreman, and follow all safe dumping procedures of the site.
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