When you load your dump truck, the last thing you want is to make a mistake that will result in a tragic accident. Fortunately, you can avoid tragedy by putting safety first. Read below for several dump truck loading tips and tricks.
Although exceeding your dump truck’s weight rating may seem like a good way to save time and work, it is not. You’re just creating more trouble for yourself. That extra material can damage your truck or cause it to tip over, which may result in injury or death of the driver or anyone nearby.
Another tip for keeping safety first during dump truck loading is ensuring your vehicle is on a level surface. Keep in mind that you add to your vehicle’s weight when loading materials onto the truck bed. If you do this on uneven ground, the truck may tip over. So, check the surface before adding anything to the bed.
How you load your material can also impact safety. When placing material on your dump truck’s bed, start in the middle so the material can disperse evenly across the bed. Before finishing, add the last portions of the material from side to side in your truck’s dump box. This method will prevent you from piling too much material in one part of the box; instead, the load will be even across the bed.
You can enhance your safety while loading your dump truck by adding a bed liner to your vehicle. Not only will a UHMW bed liner reduce the damage that abrasive material can cause, but it can also help you load the bed more evenly and avoid deadly accidents. You’ll even enjoy a better flow rate when emptying the load!
If you follow these strategies, you and your fellow workers will stay safe when loading materials into your dump truck. Contact Linings Inc. today if you want to add a bed liner to your vehicle and make your loads more balanced. We can create the best liner for your application!