Water trucks are an essential part of operations for a variety of industries. It may seem simple enough to operate one, but there are several safety concerns and hazards that operators must be aware of before turning them on. To avoid potential accidents and injuries, you should educate yourself on these potential hazards.
What are the safety hazards associated with water trucks?
Here are several risks that an operator should look out for:
Water trucks can only hold up to a certain quantity of water before loading recommendations are exceeded. Overloading water tankers can result in accidents as operators may lose control of their vehicle thus resulting in mechanical failures and wear and tear. This can also lead to more downtime as these trucks must undergo more frequent repairs and maintenance. It is very important for operators to ensure proper fluid level before operating a water truck.
A water truck has many parts, including hoses and nozzles. While loading and unloading these various parts of a water truck, tripping over equipment could be possible. By following correct safety regulations when handling equipment we can reduce the likelihood of trips and slips.
Workers may need to climb onto the water tank for several reasons such as loading and unloading. To decrease the risk of slipping and falling, proper water truck safety procedures must be followed. The use of safety equipment such as handrails on the side of the tank can also help to reduce injuries.
Mud and puddles
Dust suppression is one of the uses of water trucks, as they get the job done quickly and efficiently. Spraying water for dust suppression can inadvertently result in mud and puddles. Since the consistency of mud can be slippery, this could lead to slipping hazards. With this said, operators should be trained on how to properly adjust and use spray nozzles.
There are several road conditions that could lead to potentially risky situations. Sudden weather changes can cause roads to be potentially hazardous for heavy-duty vehicles. It is best practice to keep an eye out on weather conditions before heading out on a haul. Truck drivers should avoid debris when driving as well as roads that are old and damaged. Drivers should practice caution and be trained to navigate such roads should they encounter them.