- Safety tips
- Terms & Definitions
- At the loading site
- At the dump site
- Dump procedures
- Safe operations on the road
- Provide a basic level of knowledge on safety, responsibilities and techniques.
- You are not relying on the memory of the trainer to teach everything a new operator should know.
- You are not relying on the memory of the trainee to remember everything a trainer teaches them.
- You know what your drivers are being taught.
- By providing a written training manual, your drivers can review it or refer to it at any time.
- Your new operator gets up to speed quicker.
- Your experienced drivers get an excellent refresher or continuing education on safety and techniques.
- It's your equipment, protect it! Protect your Insurance rates. Provide your operators with the most complete information on safety and techniques of operating a frameless end dump trailer.
- If you have an excellent safety record, congratulations! This manual is an excellent tool to help you continue your safety record.
Their benefit is:
- They will be more knowledgeable about the operating the equipment.
- They will be protecting their income by preventing accidents.
- They will be protecting their income by preventing breakdowns.
- They will be protecting their own personal safety.
You will benefit also, those benefits are:
- They will be protecting your equipment.
- They will be protecting your income with less repairs and less wasted time.
- Protect your insurance rates.
- Better service to your customers.
Promote the idea to review the manual whenever the driver has some time, such as waiting for a load. Safety meetings are an excellent time to cover two or three safety items as review and discussion.
All of your driver trainers, dispatchers, field supervisors, shop supervisors and safety personnel need to be very familiar with the training manual and be committed to teaching all information in the training manual. To teach anything other than what is in the manual is to compromise your company training program. They must all be committed. Safety is a company wide effort.
Push Block If your trailer has one, it will be located on the rear of trailer. It provides a safe place for a loader or some other equipment to push the trailer. Do not push without one. Damage could occur........
Before you raise the trailer, your tractor/trailer must be in the correct position. The correct position is with the tractor and trailer in a straight line with each other. The reasons are......
As the trailer is going up, you are going to be doing several things and looking for several things at one time. These are.........
The trailer is up all the way. The load has come out as much as it can. There is still material stacked up in the trailer because there is no place for it to go. Press in the clutch......
While watching trailer move forward, watch for daylight under the trailer and between the two sets of duals. When you see daylight, the load has cleared the trailer......
At the end of day, always clean out the trailer at the job site. Left over material can harden and be very difficult to get........
Here is what happens next to the driver who is not familiar with dumping in loose material. The driver puts tractor in low gear to pull forward. But, due to the loose material, the tractor ends up spinning the tires. The drive axles are jumping up & down and digging.....
If you do have a fuel spill, call your dispatcher or supervisor. Be prepared to describe the size of the spill, is the fuel running out of the tractor, the terrain, is the fuel funning off or soaking in the ground and......
Pulling the tractor/trailer backwards. Due to the different configurations of trailers, you should .......
Go get another load! ! ! !
I must admit I was very intimidated by the end-dump. On my first day of training, I witnessed the aftermaths of two trailers overturning. One even overturned onto another one dumping next to it, and two of the three trucks involved were from our company. Soon after these accidents the company acquired your manual for new trainees as well as for the experienced end-dump drivers to read and be tested over. It even required belly-dump drivers to read it and be tested over it too. This was because your manual not only covered the basic steps involved in dumping end-dumps, but also covered as well, many safety items that every driver should know and be able to recognize.
Reflecting back on those accidents mentioned above, I wonder if they would have happened if they'd only read your manual? Again, thanks because after reading your manual and getting some experience dumping the trailer, I am no longer as intimidated by it as I was before! And, yes, I do keep your manual in my cab and review it from time to time.Sincerely, Cort
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
I received the manuals. Thank you for the prompt response to my order. The books are very well written and provide some excellent information both for new employees and for seasoned pros.