Working on big jobs like mining or forestry entails a lot of effort and responsibility. You have to consider outdoor conditions, job load and most importantly, the equipment or vehicle you’ll be using. So, whether you’re using a tractor or an Argo extreme utility terrain vehicle, remember these four tips to ensure maximum safety while working with your little monsters.
Brakes should be working. Tires and gears must be in good condition. Cables and connections shouldn’t have any signs of wear and tear. Make it a habit to check your vehicle before every job to avoid any on-site accidents.
Goggles must fit well around your head and shouldn’t be loose. You should have the right kind of gloves, footwear and headgear. Overalls or long pants and sleeves should also be worn. All protective gear must meet certified standards.
Check your vehicle manufacturer’s manual for the maximum allowed load weight, and number of passengers. Overloading your vehicle can cause it to overheat and repairs of utility vehicles can lead to massive expenses. So, avoid side-riding or pulling heavy load that’s more than what your vehicle can handle.
Responsibility is important whenever you’re driving any kind of vehicle. All the more so when you’re completing a task with a utility vehicle. If you know you’re not feeling well, don’t head out. If the job doesn’t really require you to take the vehicle, then don’t. Knowing you and your vehicle’s limitations is a sign of true responsibility.
When the job requires you to work in a remote area where land and water conditions can be unpredictable, ensuring your safety is of paramount importance. Following these tips before heading out on a task will help you stay safe and complete the job with peace of mind.