5 Spring Safety Tips for the Ultimate Safety Checkup

Spring fever is here! The weather has turned just a little bit nicer bringing on more business leading into the summer months. It’s a great time to look forward to the productive and busy season ahead. In talking with your crews, it might be the perfect time in the sweeping industry for a refresher course on some excellent safety tips. So grab a box of donuts, some good coffee, and call a meeting with your staff. Let’s call it a spring safety checkup that may help your crews stay safe and prevent accidents and injuries while they are on the job. Here are 5 tips to go over with your crews because a little safety reminder never hurt anyone.

Tip #5: Watch out for Distracted Driving
Hopefully, your crews that are driving your sweeper trucks aren’t texting or scanning Facebook while driving. We’re sure they know better than that, but in regards to other drivers on the road, watch out. Even when they are working the night shifts there are plenty of distracted drivers on the road at all hours of the night to be aware of.

Tip #4: Practice Pre-Trip Inspections
Make sure your crews are doing pre-trip inspections before each of their shifts. That includes a complete walk around to check for any loose, damaged or missing parts on the sweeper trucks. Check that all safety light indicators, including hazards and flashers, to ensure they are working since the sweeping truck is considered a “slow-moving vehicle.” All lights need to be in top working order to keep everyone safe that’s going to be in the vicinity of your sweeping trucks. Cars and people included.

Tip #3: The Right Clothing and Protective Gear
The clothing that your crews wear needs to be in line with all safety standards. That includes reflective wear, steel-toed boots, hard hats when necessary, eye protection, and nothing that is too loose or dangling that might get caught in anything rotating. Even an untucked shirt can become an accident in the making. People can get sloppy about their clothing and uniforms if you, as an employer, don’t enforce the proper standards.
Gloves might also need to be worn in certain situations and respirators to protect breathing from the dust particles that get swept into the air. Ear protection is another requirement in some instances.
Providing these to your crews is necessary and considerate as well. OSHA approved personal protective equipment (PPE) is also required for maintaining and operating vehicles. The safe operation of all the equipment should be a top-notch priority.

Tip #2: Always Keep Sweeper Trucks Clean
This is especially helpful when talking about visibility. Make sure that all mirrors and windshields are clean and clear for the best vision standards while driving and sweeping. You don’t want your crews to have any distractions, like a dirty windshield they can’t see properly out of. Replace worn out windshield wipers as well in the spring. Having clear visuals is vital for safety.

Tip #1: Install Backup Cameras
If your sweeper trucks don’t have backup cameras in them yet, it might be time to invest. According to the Seattle Times, in February of this year, a pedestrian in Bellevue, Washington was kneeling down near the street to tie his shoe and a sweeper truck accidentally backed over him, killing him instantly. This incident also happened smack in the middle of the day at 11:00 am when it was bright as day outside. A gentle but firm reminder to all your crews to be hyper-aware of their surroundings at all times will help prevent a horrific accident from occurring. They can never be too careful.

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