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Tip sheet: fleet maintenance tips for mechanics.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-33b-2009, 2009 May; :1
Mechanics keep the trucks on the road and the drivers safe. We depend on them to keep the public safe, too. Good mechanics are vital to the success of the trucking industry and to your company. Simple procedures can keep them safe at work and on the job. Safety precautions when maintaining vehicles: Use lock out/tag out procedures to be sure truck cannot be started while mechanic is working. Some companies use steering wheel covers as part of their lock out/tag out procedures. Apply brakes. Chock wheels. Use a prop or support for raised parts (dump beds, hoods.) Use tire cage for inflating tires (required for split rims). Remove tires from wheels before welding or cutting on them. Protect against sparks or flames when working with greases, oils and fuels. Charge batteries in a well ventilated, dedicated area. Provide proper gloves, eye protection and eye wash station where battery charging is done. Assure proper training and handling of brake pads/shoes and clutch discs which can contain asbestos. Employers - Be sure employees are properly trained in maintenance procedures. Employees - Ask for help if you're not sure how to complete a task.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Trucking; Drivers; Personal-protection; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Hazards; Mechanics
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
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Tip sheet: fleet maintenance tips for mechanics
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Page last reviewed: September 24, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division