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Don't forget these simple rules maintain safety during hot weather.

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

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

Driving Safety 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
  • This time of year, more children are 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/sightseeing' travelers
  • Greater chance of roadside DOT check points; reminder: first week of June for the inspection blitz

 

Health Tips:
  • Wear proper non-skid footwear (closed-toe work shoes or boots only!)
  • To prevent bites from flies, mosquitos and spiders, pack insect repellant
  • Be aware of wildlife near rail yards (snakes, scorpions, etc.)
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent UV exposure
  • When conditions are hot and humid, work slow enough to avoid overheating, which can lead to dehydration or heat stroke
  • "Frogg Togg's Chilly Pad" is a driver-recommended relief solution for cooling your body temperature on hot days
  • If you wear short-sleeve shirts, be cautious around hot hoses and pipes on trailers—burn injuries are possible

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)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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