Periodic inspections of the truck-mounted mixer-drum platform area can keep a truck driver safe.In the press of business, drivers may overlook "minor" platform maintenance flaws such as loose bolts, cracked ladder support members or even a missing drum guard. Here's a checklist to help keep the driver's perch safe.
- Are all structural support members and welds solid?
- Are all handrails secure?
- Are ladder risers and the platform's floor clear of debris?
- Are the ladder rails straight?
- Does the access ladder flip down smoothly, and are hinge pins tight?
- Is the washout hose long enough to let the driver safely spray inside the drum, but not so long as to become a tripping hazard?
- Does the wash hose or nozzle leak?
- Is the loading spout clean and dent-free so material loads quickly and directly into the drum?
- Is there a tiedown for the washout hose?
- Does the driver have a working flashlight with spare batteries for those predawn load-outs?
- Is the drum guard securely in place?
- Are all the nearby hydraulic lines leak-free?
- Is the truck equipped with a small pail attached to a short length of rope so the driver can haul up admixture dosages and fiber bags from ground level and thus ensure three-point contact when climbing?
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