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Drive, Deliver and Dump with Safety in Mind

Using well-built and dependable equipment is critical to the trucking industry. It is vital for drivers to consistently operate dump trucks correctly to ensure safety for themselves, on-site workers, and property. An informative article found on Utility Contractor points out how to avoid accidents and damages. These points listed in "Safe Dump Truck Operations Are Vital To The Industry" by Kennedy, G. (2017, April 20) can be used as a continual, educational tool. 

Preventive maintenance and Inspections

Adhering to a routine, maintenance schedule is vital to repairing those parts that are showing wear and tear. Driver inspections should be done prior to every use. Every inspection should include "checking lights, turn signals, stop lights, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, tire pressure, oil level, brakes and back-up alarm."

Only Use Qualified Drivers

Any company hiring drivers to drive and operate dump trucks must confirm the driver possesses a CDL license and does not have a poor driving record. Requiring every driver to read a company's "fleet safety rules" before driving a dump truck on the road is a valid recommendation. Utilizing the National Safety Council's "defensive driving course (DDC) is another recommendation that will only help solidify the importance of operator safety.

Understanding How to Operate a Dump Truck

There are factors to consider when operating a dump truck that goes beyond driving them. 

  • An unbalanced load can potentially cause the truck to tip over.
  • Unlevel ground can impede the truck's center of gravity.
  • Never park a dump truck near a "trench or excavation."
  • Driver's responsibility before dumping.
    • Be aware of any overhead power lines or structures before dumping. 
    • Make sure "tailgate and dump bed are unlocked."
    • Do not allow other vehicles or people to be near when dumping in case of tipping.

Worksite Traffic Control is Important for Dump Trucks

Reportedly, OSHA is now focusing on backup safety in reaction to accidents that have occurred. Another recommendation is to review OSHA's website regarding the prevention of back-over incidents at Help avoid truck accidents, dump trucks or others, with stricter worksite, traffic control.

Distracted Driving is Worrisome to the Trucking Industry

Cell phone technology is causing a distraction for truck drivers. OSHA also has information regarding cell phone use as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Their rule "restricts the use of all hand-held mobile devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The rule restricts a CMV driver from holding a mobile device to make a call or dialing by pressing more than a single button. CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone located in close proximity."

Additional Safety Points: Dump Box Lock Bar and Bunny Hop 

Much of an article found on eXtension, reinforces the above article. Two additional points noted in "Dump Truck and Trailer Safety" (2018, April 12) can help drivers avoid serious injury.

  • A "dump box lock bar" can keep the dump box from suddenly falling down. 
  • Knowing how to do the "bunny hop" after a power line has been pulled down across a dump truck.

J. Ruble & Sons: Years of Dedication and Dependable Trucks

The team at J. Ruble & Sons Truck Sales specializes in refurbishing daycab semi-tractors, heavy-spec cabs, chassis cabs and other vocational trucks such as dump trucks. Dump trucks are tough-working machines, and it is important to follow safety procedures to avoid personal injuries and property damages. Our team builds every truck or tractor with dependability and safety in mind.

If you discover your dump trucks are missing a dump box lock bar, let our highly-skilled technicians install this safety feature. When you want the best refurbishment or customization, be sure to call us. We have a dedicated team always working hard to deliver quality and dependable trucking solutions. 

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