A fully laden tow tractor and trailer can pull some serious tonnage so pre-use equipment checks of brakes, tyres and loads (amongst others) will help keep staff safe in the workplace.
Industrial trucks account for a large proportion of accidents in warehouses. Many of these accidents are due to operator error associated with inadequate or lack of training. There are however, other reasons for truck accidents, including unsuitable premises, poor layout and design of truck operating areas and poor truck maintenance. Employers using trucks should therefore adopt safe systems of work (eg for training employees, procedures for traffic and pedestrian movement, and for control and maintenance of trucks).
Tow tractors require inspection under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and our checklist system can help companies to meet those responsibilities.
Good to Go Safety is an innovative inspection checklist for workplace tow tractors. Allows workers to carry out pre-use checks and spot potential faults before they develop into a more serious and costly defect. These safety inspection checklists are designed to help improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and ensure compliance with legal responsibilities. At the beginning of each shift, the operator should check the tow tractor and document the results. They should report to the supervisor any defects which might affect its safe operation to ensure they are put right. Reference: HSE ACOP L117
Each kit contains 50 individual (weekly) inspection checklists relating to tow tractor components and mechanical checks to be completed before the vehicle is used. The checklist not only covers the truck itself but also the trailers and the intended route to minimise the chance of an accident. Duplicate carbon copies of the completed inspection checklists are retained in the book for management records. The book also includes useful guidance notes to remind operatives what to look for during their inspection.
Weekly Inspection Kit includes:
• 1 x Status Tags to attach to the equipment and show its status.
• 2 x Safety Check Books provide 50 individual checklists, allowing one to be completed each week and the findings displayed inside the status tag. Additional books can be ordered as and when required.
• 1x Check Book Wallet & Pen, to store the current book and provide a suitable writing surface when completing checklists.
• 100 x Tamper Evident Seals, which can be used to deter and identify unauthorised access to the status tag.