Safety Practices for Users
Vehicles can become a cause for injury if improperly used or maintained. So, if you want to avoid unexpected accidents, you should follow some safety practices.
Your vehicle is stable if properly operated in accordance with specific practices and rules established to meet the vehicle conditions. However, poor maintenance and improper operation may result in instability. Here are some conditions that affect vehicle stability due to a user’s failure to follow safety rules include:
- Ground and floor conditions
- Excessive loads
- Battery weight
- Poor judgment by the vehicle operator
Let’s explain some safety rules and practices you should follow:
1. Nameplates, modifications, capacity, and markings
- The owner will not modify the vehicle in a way that affects the safety and capacity without the manufacturer’s written authorization.
- The owner will follow the instructions, warnings, and nameplates as supplied by the manufacturer.
2. Charging and changing storage batteries
- For changing and charging battery facilities, the user should comply with the appropriate procedures specified by the manufacturer.
3. Control of Fumes and Noxious Gases
- If equipment powered by internal combustion engines is used in enclosed areas, the atmosphere should be maintained within limits specified by the Governmental Industrial publications. Also, make sure there is enough ventilation and proper maintenance by emission control equipment provided by manufacturers.
4. Warning Devices
- The owner will make sure that the vehicle requires any sound-producing or visual devices for its operation. Also, he/she is responsible for maintaining such devices.
- The owner will make periodic inspections of the vehicle to ensure that all the external or internal devices attached are in good operating condition.
Vehicles may become hazardous if you neglect periodical maintenance.
Maintenance Procedures to follow:
- Perform all the maintenance and inspection procedures in conformance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Make sure to follow a scheduled inspection, lubrication, and maintenance system.
- Immobilize the vehicle by following manufacturer recommendations before undertaking maintenance and repair.
- Make sure the area where vehicle maintenance is taking place is properly ventilated.
- Inspect the batteries, motors, speed, limit switches, and connections as per manufacturers’ maintenance procedures.
- Keep the vehicle in a clean condition to minimize fire hazards and facilitate the detection of defective parts.
- Pay attention that all the replacement parts can be easily interchanged with the original parts or equal to the original parts.
*Disclaimer: The information provided above is derived from internet sources. Please contact your manufacturer for detailed maintenance procedures.