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Safety Tips - Tipper Truck Operators Must Know About

Author: Sarah James
by Sarah James
Posted: Oct 06, 2018

Operating a tipper truck has its own special set of safety considerations which relate not only to the size of the truck and its load but also to the area you will be operating in. Whether you are a driver, passenger, helper or just standing by it is very important that safety is everyone’s first priority whenever you’re working in or around a tipper truck.

Considering these safety tips will ensure you have a pleasant and trouble free experience when operating a truck from Gold Coast Tipper Rental:

  • Before you load the truck you must inspect it thoroughly
  1. Check that the tyres are in good condition and inflated correctly
  2. Check the brakes and suspension
  3. Ensure that all the trucks mechanisms such as the hydraulic systems and tailgate operation and check that the box surface is even and allows for the flowing of the material your loading
  4. Check the stability of the ground as stability is the greatest risk factor affecting tipping truck operations. Ensure the rear wheels are on solid ground and there are no soft patches that the extra weight will affect
  5. Know the vehicles weight limits and the approximate weight to volume you can carry
  6. Know the hand signs or signals people, especially those you’re working with commonly used while operating and directing trucks so you all know exactly what the directions or commands mean
  7. If anyone is working or inspecting between the truck and raised bed of the truck, ensure there are safety chocks in place at the wheels and to stop the raised body falling

8. Take a safety course at Gold Coast tipper rental Company

  • Loading the Truck
  1. Load the material evenly in the box (back), starting in the center
  2. Check the site for stability problems and ensure the brakes are activated
  3. Ensure the tailgate is secure and the load stable
  • Driving on Roads
  1. Be aware that other motorists find it hard to see around you because of your size
  2. Note that your truck will be much heavier when loaded and steering and braking may be different as you and needs longer distances to stop
  3. Always operate and drive at a safe speed
  4. Never drive with the bed or box of the truck raised except when spreading the load with supervision to ensure you are not near overhead obstacles
  • Tipping of unloading the Truck
  1. Check the area for evenness of the surfaces and stability
  2. Ensure there are no vehicles, objects or obstacles that could be affected by tipping the load
  3. Ensure the back gate is open or operating correctly
  4. Have a good backing up alarm and warning system as well as noting where all other people in the area are and follow the directions of any people helping?

When using a tipping truck, it’s important to inspect the tyres, brakes and hydraulic equipment, know the industry hand signals and the road weight restrictions. Inspect the area before loading and tipping the load and be aware of all people and object in the area, safety is the priority

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Gold Coast Truck Rentals offer Truck, Pantech, Ute & Van Hire on the Gold Coast suburbs. We strive to maintain a hassle free experience for our clients, at an affordable rate.

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Author: Sarah James

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