Like most oilfield jobs, driving a dump truck can be very dangerous if not done correctly. Nowadays, dump trucks are getting larger and larger which means accidents are more likely to occur. Combine this with other day-to-day hazards and the number of accidents drivers can encounter is suddenly not as shocking.
No matter your experience level, it’s always beneficial to review safety tips in order to prevent injuries to yourself or others while on duty. In this blog, we go over some basic safety rules and regulations that drivers need to follow.
- Always dump on a level surface.
- Never dump next to other vehicles.
- Never overload the upper portion of the box.
- If material is likely to flow irregularly, then lessen the load at the top of the box.
- Always wear the proper PPE when on the oilfield (i.e., gloves, glasses, and hard hats).
- Check your tire pressure every day before operating your dump truck. Uneven tires cause instability which leads to tipping accidents.
- When backing up in your dump truck, remember to do so slowly and carefully.
- Be sure that you have someone to guide you when you’re turning and stopping on the oilfield site.
Remind other workers not to gather around the dump truck when you are dumping your load.
The lists above should provide a pretty encompassed look at all the safety tips and rules required to run a dump truck. If you didn’t get the chance to check it out or you simply need more information, we have another article titled “The 10 Commandments of Dump Trucking”. We hope you took something away from this article and as always, if you need a new piece of equipment, fill out the Tiger General Truck Inquiry Form today!