My company uses a terminal tractor to move semi-trailers at the warehouse. As an operator, which items should be inspected prior to getting in the cab?
Like forklifts and other warehouse equipment, a terminal tractor, also referred to as a spotter truck or yard truck, will have an operator manual at its delivery. Reviewing the operator manual prior to use will create an easier, safer experience.
Terminal Tractor Safety Inspection
Checking the condition of the terminal tractor before operation is important for your safety and others within the driving area. The following outline is a best practice of items to safety check prior to entering the cab:
- Check all tires for proper inflation and pressure
- Inspect under the chassis and around the fuel tank for leaks
- Review coolant for proper levels
- Look under deck to ensure cab is locked down
- Ensure battery cover fasteners are secure
- Check hydraulic fluid for proper levels
- Confirm hydraulic tank is shut off and in the open position
- Review the top frame and 5th wheel boom for debris
- Pull lanyard on the air tank to drain any moisture
- Check engine and transmission fluid for proper levels
- Maximize visibility by cleaning windows and adjusting mirrors
Please refer to the terminal tractor operator manual for additional safety checks.
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