BUCKET TRUCK INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE IS A SAFETY ESSENTIAL
To safely keep a truck on the road, regular maintenance is crucial. This includes regular oil changes, hydraulic fluid changes, brake checks and replacement of any worn or broken parts. The standard metric is typically after 1,000 hours of operation for replacing oil and hydraulic fluid. Proper bucket truck performance and safety depends on regular inspections and keeping current with mechanical performance. Adhering to these simple checks can save someone's life!
Not only is regular maintenance essential, but operators also need to inspect key systems before starting work in a bucket truck. Standard daily checks include:
• Headlight, Turn signals, Emergency lights
• Hydraulic lines, Fuel Lines and Oil
• Lower Controls, Upper Controls
• Bucket Arm, Bucket
• Out riggers
Checking the hydraulic lines and bucket arm are mandatory pre-operation inspections that need to be done before any operator goes up in a bucket truck. Before the inspection, turn off the engine, bring the lift to the neutral position and release the hydraulic pressure. There can be no leaks whatsoever in the hydraulic lines. Make sure that the boom arm shows no indication of metal fatigue, cracks or missing hardware. Boom arm failures and hydraulic fluid fires are accidents that can occur when proper safety and maintenance precautions aren't performed and they are totally preventable.
Proper tire pressure is important for stable operation especially in off-road working environments. Correct out rigger and stabilizer placement is equally important for the trucks stability. Tip over's are a completely preventable accident which can occur when outriggers are not deployed properly. OSHA requires standard safety checkpoints that must be reviewed by the truck operator before using any aerial lift.
Proper bucket truck training and certification is required for safe operation.
To preserve life, limb and property, businesses that utilize bucket trucks in their operations are encouraged to set up and maintain a comprehensive aerial lift safety training and recertification program in addition to a regular maintenance schedule. Personal protection, including harnesses, hard hats, eye and ear protection are part of an operator's required safety gear. If you are unsure about how to safely operate or work around a bucket truck, immediately contact your supervisor and always refer to the manufacturer guidelines for service and operating requirements.
Bucket Truck Sales and service can be sourced through a reputable Dealer. Proper maintenance and training will minimize operating costs and keep your crew safe.