For any company providing aerial services, knuckleboom trucks are advantages vehicles to elevate a business to success. In order to provide uninterrupted service, they must be operated with close adherence to the best safety practices.
The most important safety practices should take place before a vehicle is operated. Failing to perform a set-up procedure not only puts equipment at risk for an accident but can place lives in danger as well.
Following are some helpful tips in order to maintain safe work efficiency.
- Site Survey – Be sure to conduct a job site survey. Identify potential hazards over, under and within the project parameters including drop-offs, overhead obstructions, ditches, electrical wires, sewers, holes, underground utilities and debris.
- Ground Check – Check the ground where the knuckleboom trucks will be parked. It should be firm enough to support the vehicle; under pads can be used for crib and outriggers when the ground is not firm. If there is only one set of outriggers or does none at all, be sure that the load is equally distributed over the axle suspension and tires.
- Not Level Ground – If the truck must be parked on a slope or not level ground, never attempt to operate the boom on the downhill side. Utilize the chock to stabilize the vehicle. Check the chassis level indicator and do not go beyond the manufacturer’s set operational limits, or even better follow the ANSI guidelines of not exceeding a five-degree slope.
- Boom Capacity – Know the capacity of the boom mechanism and do not exceed it at any time. This means that an operator must calculate total weight of the person, tools and other accessories ahead of time. In addition, anticipate any events that may occur during operation such as the accumulation of twigs, branches and even sawdust inside a bucket that could add a significant amount of weight.
- Work Site Conditions – Always evaluate work site weather conditions and when maneuvering is necessary during extreme weather conditions, increase precautionary levels.
- Project Scope – All of the crew should understand the scope of the project – what must be accomplished and the challenges involved. Pre-operational meetings before the start of any project are a necessity a plan of action can be developed should an emergency arise.
- Vehicle Inspection – Never operate knuckleboom trucks if damaged or malfunctioning. Visually inspect the vehicle’s condition and ensure that all controls and other essential components are correctly functioning. Do not disregard any tiny loose items, leaks, or cracks that could cause problems later on if ignored.
- Proper Equipment – All crew members should be properly supplied. A fall protection system and other protective gear such as a lanyard, insulated hard hat, eye and ear protection as well as suitable clothing and proper boots should be worn.
- Traffic Control – For projects located in areas exposed to traffic, it is important to initiate traffic-control efforts such as putting warning signs in the area. Doing this will catch the attention of motorists so they are properly warned that a project occurring in the immediate area.
Knuckleboom trucks are huge and powerful pieces of machinery and very helpful in accomplishing heavy lifting tasks. Following the helpful tips listed above prior to operation will help promote efficiency and allow for any project to be accomplished on time. Safe work efficiency can indeed be achieve with these mighty vehicles!
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