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Safety Tips for Operating Your Yard Spotter Truck

A yard spotter truck (also known as a terminal tractor) is essential for running a modern distribution facility. As with any large and powerful vehicle, these trucks can potentially pose some risks to employees and property if they’re not operated properly. With that in mind, here are five important yard spotter safety tips to remember:

  1. Always use a three point stance when ascending and descending a terminal tractor.
  2. Keep the cab free of clutter and trash.
  3. Clean and adjust the windows, windshield, and mirrors daily.
  4. Keep tools, power cords, and air hoses stored away when not in use.
  5. Check all fluids prior to commencing daily operations.

 Let’s look at these tips in more detail.

Three Points of Support at All Times

The terminal truck operator should always have either two hands and one foot or one hand and two feet in contact with the vehicle when getting in or out. Three point contact should only be broken once the operator reaches the platform, the cab, or the ground itself. The operator should also face the truck when ascending or descending.

A Clean Cab Is a Safe Cab

Workers should empty the cab’s trash can and remove their personal belongings at the end of each shift. Otherwise, these items may cause distractions or even hinder the operator’s ability to control the vehicle.

Cleaning and Adjusting the Windows, Windshield, and Mirrors

Operators should always take a moment to clean their windows and windshield at the beginning of their shift. They should adjust their mirrors as needed to ensure full visibility. The operator should never hang kerchiefs, caps, or other items from the rearview mirror, as this can cause dangerous blind spots.

Keeping Tools, Power Cords, and Hoses Out of the Way

Many terminal truck operators use hand tools, power cords, air hoses, and other equipment throughout the course of their working day. It’s important to keep these items in their proper place, away from where they might fall, break, or cause an accident. If it’s not in use, then put it away.

Check Fluids before Putting the Truck in Motion

Low fluid levels can inflict serious damage on a yard truck’s engine or transmission. It may even contribute to injury-causing accidents. Fluids should be checked daily, either by truck operators or maintenance personnel. It’s also important to check for leaks under the vehicle and to keep an eye on the truck’s belts and hoses.

Yard Spotter Truck Rental

Big Truck Rental offers flexible short- and long-term yard spotter truck rental plans, including a rent-to-purchase option, so that you get the most out of your investment and never pay for a truck when you don’t need it. With yard spotter rentals, you save big on fleet maintenance costs, as we are responsible for scheduled maintenance and repairs, not you. Renting trucks from us will allow you to scale your operations up and down as needed, without the expense and upkeep of outright ownership.

Our customer service experts are waiting to hear from you now.  Contact us today for your customized quote. Remember, with Big Truck Rental, you’re always in the driver’s seat.

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