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Seasonal Safety Goals

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1. Maintain 3 points of contact at all times:

  • Check ladder and handholds for defects before climbing
  • Ascending and descending ladders—take your time and look before you step!
  • Brace yourself while operating landing gear and be careful not to apply too much force and lose balance
  • Climb in and out of the truck cab facing the unit; confirm a solid grip on each hand hold

2. Slip/Trip/Fall Awareness:

  • Place any extra tools out of walkways and platforms
  • Hooking and unhooking the hot hose requires extra care at all times of year
  • Properly dispose of trash
  • Sweep/clean up any spills immediately
  • Be mindful of oil/grease on paved or vehicle surfaces; once on your boots, this becomes a slip and fall hazard
  • Wear proper non-skid footwear (closed-toe work shoes or boots only!)

3. Driving Tips:

  • First rain after a dry spell can cause roadways to be much more slippery
  • New asphalt with fresh oil and rain water can be very slippery and increase stopping distances
  • Avoid leaves – Wet leaves can be as dangerous as an icy road. Dry leaves are a fire hazard so don’t park over them.
  • Watch for children – Be cautious near schools, fields, parked cars, and buses. Also, with Halloween comes extra sugar and unexpected behavior around streets.
  • Don’t veer for deer – If a collision is unavoidable, don’t swerve. Brake firmly, hold the wheel with both hands, come to a controlled stop and move the vehicle out of traffic.
  • Pack an emergency kit that includes
    • flashlight & flares
    • first-aid
    • jumper cables
    • extra washer fluid
    • non-perishable food
    • water
    • basic tools: wrenches, a ratchet/socket set, screwdrivers & pliers

PREPARE FOR SPRING & SUMMER

1. Warm-Weather Precautions:

  • Keep an eye out for children. They’re out of school and potentially near streets
  • Summer is construction season—slow down and watch out for workers and stopped vehicles
  • More vacationing lost distracted or sightseeing travelers around
  • Greater chance of roadside DOT check points; reminder: first week of June for the inspection blitz
  • If you wear short-sleeve shirts, be cautious around hot hoses and pipes on trailers—burn injuries are possible
  • Pack insect repellant to prevent bites from flies, mosquitos and spiders. Be aware of wildlife near rail yards (snakes, scorpions, etc.)
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent UV exposure
  • On hot, humid days, work slow enough to avoid overheating, which can lead to dehydration or heat stroke
  • Use "Frogg Togg's Chilly Pad" for cooling your body temperature on hot days

2. Maintenance Items:

  • Carry a glass cleaner and paper towels to clean the bugs off the windshield
  • Maintain engine fluid levels—especially coolant
  • Check engine belt conditions on pre-trip inspection
  • Recommended tire pressure is 105 psi for steer and wide-base tires; 95 psi on all dual tires (underinflated tires overheat more quickly and the potential of blowout increases dramatically)

3. Plastic Industry Specifics:

  • Manage blower temperatures less than 240º by lowering rpms or pressure if needed
  • Maintain air-cooler functionality and limitations to keep product temperature in the safe range
  • Pay attention to product flow ability in high humidity (product will flow slower on high air temp and humidity days)
  • Air transfer piping will be very hot from the blower to the air cooler (this includes the blower coupling hose)
  • Cool down the blower for a one minute minimum before disconnecting hot hose
  • Silo piping is already heated by sun and air temperature—product degradation is more likely
  • Follow clean and reload trailer inspection and blowdown procedures, keeping a watchful eye for contaminants

PREPARE FOR FALL & WINTER

1. Cold-Weather Precautions:

  • Watch for construction zones. Adverse weather makes them much more dangerous. Pay attention and stay extra cautious.
  • Changing temperatures can cause your tires to expand, contract, and lose pressure. Inflate to specifications and maintain adequate tread.
  • Fall brings rain, often sleet, hail, and snow. Make sure wipers are in good condition. Apply Rain-X© to your windshield. Avoid sudden braking or steering movements when driving on wet or flooded roads. Pull over and wait, if necessary.
  • With later sunrises and earlier sunsets, keep sunglasses handy and watch for kids, pedestrians, and cyclists in the late afternoon.
  • Watch for frost. Clean your windshield before driving and be cautious when approaching bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas.
  • Add these cold-weather items to your emergency kit:
    • brake-line antifreeze
    • thermal blanket
    • shovel
    • sand, salt or cat litter

2. Maintenance Items:

  • Drain fuel/water separator and filter daily
  • Check fifth wheel jaws for positive locking
  • Keep fuel-line additive to -20 or less
  • Drain your air tanks daily
  • Check windshield washer fluid