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
- jumper cables
- extra washer fluid
- non-perishable food
- 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
- 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