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Equipment’s Driver Responsibilities

The heavy equipment’s driver responsibilities are operating heavy equipment in a safe and appropriate manner. Heavy equipment may include trucks, forklifts, dozers, graders, compactors, cranes, etc.

Please, find hereunder driver/operator responsibilities.

  1. He should wear a seat belt when operating any type of vehicle, whether it’s a truck, bulldozer, loader, or grader etc.
  2. The driver must make certain that all persons in the vehicle wear their seatbelts.
  3. Drivers must observe all traffic regulations.
  4. He should not exceed the speed limit for the area.
  5. Don’t allow riders unless the vehicle is designed for them.
  6. Drivers must take appropriate precautions when driving conditions are hazardous, such as dust storms, fog, heavy rain, snow, or ice conditions.
  7. Refuel only when the vehicle is turned off and there are no sources of ignition nearby.
  8. Don’t run the engine in an enclosed area unless there is enough ventilation.
  9. He should be aware of overhead obstructions, like power lines or trees.
  10. If he doesn’t have a clear view, he must walk around the vehicle to check for obstructions.
  11. Make sure the vehicle is not overloaded.
  12. Report all accidents and mechanical failure involving the equipment he is driving.
  13. Report highway safety hazards noted while he is driving.
  14. Inspect the equipment or vehicle at the beginning of shift and report any damage or other problems. Inspection should cover the following:
    • Windshield and wipers.
    • Defogging and defrosting equipment.
    • Brakes (both parking and service brakes).
    • Mirrors.
    • Steering.
    • Operating controls.
    • Leaking fluids.
    • Headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals.
    • Seat belts.
    • Horn and back-up alarm (loud enough to be heard 200 feet away).
    • Tires.