In part 2 of our safety guidelines, we will review Operational Safety. The following should be followed by all operators and anyone else working with or around a Vac2Go vacuum truck.
Vacuum trucks are powerful machines and the smallest miscalculation or error can result in personal injury, property damage, and in severe cases, loss of life. Here is a list of operational safety guidelines all operators should be aware of and follow.
- Check and inspect the vacuum truck to ensure it is in proper working order and maintenance before operating the vehicle.
- Perform regular maintenance and care on your vacuum truck. Keep records of all work performed.
- Never walk under a raised loaded body.
- If the body is empty and raised, always securely prop the read door.
- Ensure that each operator has received proper vacuum truck operation instruction and training before operating a vacuum truck. If any operators have not received proper training and qualification, they should be prohibited from operating a vacuum truck.
- Any and all personnel operating or in the vicinity of the vacuum truck and vacuum truck equipment should be wearing the proper safety gear and also be familiar with the dangers and hazards of vacuum trucks and the vacuum truck equipment.
- Check the work area around the vacuum truck to make sure it is safe, secure, and hazard free before operating the vacuum truck.
- All vacuum trucks should have the proper decals.
- Confirm that the in-line safety relief valve has been properly installed before operating the vacuum truck.
- Report any damage or improperly working equipment as soon as the issue is noticed.
- Confirm that the vacuum truck operating area is clear of all individuals and obstructions before operating the vacuum truck, the boom, or any other parts of the vacuum truck.
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