Operating a garbage truck is very different from driving a car or truck. They are large, slow, and come with multiple attachments that few other vehicles include. The operator, therefore, must be familiar with his machine to reduce the likelihood of an accident. Drivers must also know what safety regulations are required before, during, and after driving the truck.
First, you need to be familiar with the OSHA safety standards. Some areas will have additional regulations that you must also adhere to. These regulations require that only competent operators are allowed behind the wheel. This is determined by the successful completion of the training and evaluation. Also, you need to conduct a pre-shift inspection on the truck before anyone is allowed to drive.
It is important to be careful as you get in the truck and fasten your seatbelt. In the cab are a variety of controls and buttons. The operator must be familiar with their function and position which is why they must be properly labeled. If they are not legible, you must report to the supervisor. Finally, the cab and controls must be free from water, grease, and mud. Garbage trucks have a variety of attachments, usually used for lifting objects.
It is crucial to know what the vehicle can lift as you could damage the machine if the attachments are incorrectly used. It is also necessary to know the attachments’ limitations; being unaware of the machines’ capabilities and instructions can damage the vehicle, nearby property, and injure or kill pedestrians.
Because garbage trucks are vehicles, they must abide by all traffic laws. They are more prone to accidents, which is why they have warning lights and alarms to alert everyone of the trucks’ presence. Be especially careful around turns, while parking, and while unloading.
For more information about garbage trucks and safety procedures, visit the Hard Hat Training website. Good luck and stay safe!