Due to their large sizes, shifting materials, and ability to carry and dump thousands of pounds worth of said material, dump trucks can be dangerous and life-threatening vehicles. Operating and maintaining a dump truck requires strict adherence to safety guidelines and for those safety procedures to be clear, consistent, and enforced.
There are a number of basic safety tips for dump truck drivers to understand before they should begin their role.
Always Know the Weight Limit
Being aware of and keeping to your truck’s weight limit helps in several ways. Its first benefit is that it ensures there’s no unnecessary stress on your truck. Too much weight will damage the internals of your vehicle, requiring constant maintenance or replacement.
The second point is that roads have weight limits themselves and overloading your truck can cause damage to roads. Your company will be responsible for the damages that occur—damages that put other motorists in harm’s way.
Install a Truck Bed Liner
Before loading up your dump truck with whatever materials you need to transport, look into installing a truck bed liner. There are a number of advantages to having a bed liner and they all improve either work safety or work efficiency.
The liner keeps the load evenly distributed in the bed during transit. It prevents materials from shifting too much wile the truck is in motion, decreasing the hazard of the truck tipping over.
Liners also have the added benefit of raising the load while in the bed. Having the load sit higher than the regular truck bed means the angle of your truck bed doesn’t have to be as inclined. Having the bed inclined higher means that the weight can be distributed awkwardly, causing your truck to tip.
Make Sure the Ground Is Level Before Loading
When in the process of dumping materials, always know what kind of ground your truck is parked on. Be aware if the ground is unstable. If it is, it won’t support your truck while it’s dumping compared to stable ground.
Your dump truck is in a dangerous and vulnerable state when its bed is lifted up and unloading thousands of pounds worth of materials. If the ground is shaky and unstable under its tires, then that, combined with the shifting weight of materials, can cause your truck to tip over.
Safety Comes First
Always be on the lookout for potential hazards with your truck. Keeping your vehicle safe while being efficient in your work is a delicate balancing act. When it comes down to it, safety is a higher priority than work speed; always adhere to your safety procedures for dump truck drivers.