Winter Bucket Truck Safety Tips – Part 2: Staying Safe on the Job
Proper Safety to Maintain While on the Job Site
In our last post, we talked about maintaining safe driving habits in inclement or cold weather. This time around, we talk about more safety tips, now related to on the job safety, primarily for those who use machinery like bucket trucks. Read some of the tips below and feel free to contribute any of your own
Do a Daily Check
Before you embark on your mission, check out the truck and make sure everything is safe. Look for broken, damaged or missing parts, as well as anything that may look out of the ordinary, i.e. a bulge in the tires. Make sure there are no leaks or cracks that could jeopardize the truck’s performance, and if you notice anything wrong, note it to your supervisor. If possible, avoid actually using the truck until someone can make the proper repairs.
To prevent the truck from rolling or tipping over, try to park on a level, flat surface. If you have to park on a slope or hill, be sure to set the parking brake. However, a flat surface is most ideal.
Pay Attention to Special Regulations
Your machine likely has a weight or height limit that you should follow very closely. Heed the advised limits, and do not try to test them. Also, do not add extra items to increase your height, i.e. ladders or step stools.
Watch for Overhead Hazards
Power lines and trees may appear higher than they really are, but there is no need to take any chances. Make sure you are working in a clear, open space where you are not in any danger. Always keep an eye open for potential hazards nearby. Your machine should also include a signal to alert you when you are too close to power lines or tree branches.
Watch for Grounded Hazards
Just like being in the air, you should also lookout for any potential hazards on the ground. Like with a car, it is easy to miss a blind spot, so be sure to look around before making your next move. Do not just assume that it is safe to move around.
Stay Inside the Bucket or Cab
Do not sit on the edge of the bucket or try to climb outside. If something is out of reach and you cannot move your bucket any further, reposition the truck itself, but after you lower the bucket into its proper place. It may take a little longer, but always better to be safe than sorry.
Also, make sure you are protected in the event of a fall. Have the proper gear on hand, such as a harness.
This should go without saying, but yes, safety should always come first on the site, and part – if not all – of that involves knowing that business comes first. There should be no joking around or horseplay on the site, in the bucket or around heavy machinery. One wrong move could turn deadly.
Those are just a few of the things to keep in mind. If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to call I-80 Equipment!