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4 Safety Tips for Dump Truck Drivers

4 Safety Tips for Dump Truck Drivers
Follow these four safety tips for dump truck drivers to make sure that you are doing everything you can to ensure a safe work environment.

If you are a dump truck driver, you know how important safety is. Not only is your safety on the line when you work, but the wellbeing of others is also at risk. No matter what material you are dumping, it is essential that you stay alert and focused while on the job. Follow these four safety tips for dump truck drivers to make sure that you are doing everything you can to ensure a safe work environment.

1. Perform Daily Pre-Operation Inspections

Your dump truck is the most crucial tool in your arsenal, and it is vital to inspect it daily. Look for abnormal signs of wear, and try following an inspection routine to ensure that you do not miss anything. Tires are essential for any vehicle, but even more so for dump trucks. Check your tire pressure before any job, and make sure that your lights, hoses, and lift systems are functioning correctly. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but you can also catch any potential issues before they have the chance to cause accidents on the worksite.

2. Always Work With a Partner

It is always beneficial for employees to have a second set of eyes at work, and dump truck drivers are no exception. Always work with a partner who can help you navigate around the worksite. Some jobs require precise maneuvers in tight quarters, and a spotter for these situations is invaluable. A partner can also help you load and unload materials safely.

3. Load on Level Ground

Before taking on or unloading any materials, check the ground on which your truck will be parked. An unstable or uneven foundation can cause several severe safety issues for you, the crew, and potential bystanders. Aiming where your dump truck deposits its load is a challenge, but doing so on shaky ground can be almost impossible. Loading a vehicle on an unstable surface is similarly tricky; trucks can tip over or shift in the best of circumstances, and loading up on an angled or unstable surface can make the job even riskier.

4. Always Obey Weight Limits

Your truck has a weight limit, and the roads you will be traveling on may have limits as well. Make sure that you load your vehicle well within these limits to preserve the life of your dump truck and prevent damage or bodily harm as you work. You should also strive to load your truck as uniformly as possible to avoid accidents due to uneven weight distribution.

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2410 Evergreen Road
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA
Serving Maryland's Commercial & Residential Builders & Developers Since 1928 Introduction Reliable Contracting Company, Inc. maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland's roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.
2410 Evergreen Road, Suite 200
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA