Working Near our Loads Risks/Hazards may arise as a result of: The nature and type of services performed the location of the work materials, chemicals or equipment used the time of the work proximity to the public or other contractors the work environment. Vehicular incidents don’t just happen when the vehicle is running: • “As you approach the vehicle, take a look around. Make sure it’s secure. Don’t get under, in front of or behind a truck or piece of heavy equipment if there’s any chance at all that it could move.” • “As you approach the vehicle, take a look around. Make sure it’s secure. Don’t get under, in front of or behind a truck or piece of heavy equipment if there’s any chance at all that it could move.” “A load can shift while in transit, so use caution when you open cargo doors or release tie-downs. Open only one side of a van trailer and stand behind the other latched door. This will give you some protection from any falling cargo.” • Be aware of the condition of the vehicle. Now would be a better time to notice a defect than when you’re miles down the road or in the middle of a critical operation. • Make sure that there are no loose objects that could hit you if you start or stop abruptly. Take the Trucker Stance on Safety 1. As you approach the vehicle cab, eyeball the footholds. Dirt or grease could cause you to slip and fall. 2. Enter the cab with one foot on the ground, one on the truck’s foothold and one hand on the handhold. 3. Exit by climbing out backward, as if you were using a ladder. Never jump out of the cab.” “Do a little personal inventory. Are you fit to operate a heavy truck or piece heavy equipment? If you’re too fatigued, hung over, distracted or preoccupied to perform safely, you’re putting yourself as well as others at risk”.
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