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Operating Motorized Vehicles and Equipment
Your ability to get and keep a job in the plumbing industry depends partly on your ability to maintain an acceptable driving record.
One of your responsibilities is to operate motorized vehicles safely on construction sites and on the roads.
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Motorized vehicles include trucks, vans, forklifts, backhoes, and cranes.
Motorized equipment includes portable equipment such as generators, compressors, and pumps, and larger equipment such as earth-moving equipment and man lifts.
A piece of motorized equipment is considered portable if it can be transported from job site to job site or to different areas of the same job site.
Practicing Personal Safety
Many motors vehicle accidents can be prevented. It is your responsibility to be aware of the safety measures you should take to protect yourself and your co-workers.
The following is a list of some personal safety guidelines:
• Do not work if you are taking a prescription medicine that could impair your motor or thinking skills.
• Never drink alcohol prior to work or during work hours. Never drink alcohol before or when driving.
• Never, under any circumstances, use illegal drugs.
• Buckle up. Always wear your safety belt and ensure that any passengers wear theirs.
• Ensure that all passengers are seated in firmly secured seats. Do not allow anyone to ride in an unsecured seat or in a truck bed.
Safety Precautions for Vehicles
Just as you routinely check your PPE, you should also routinely check any vehicle you are responsible for operating.
When you drive a company-owned vehicle, you must use it only for your assigned tasks. Most companies have a written policy governing the use of company-owned vehicles.
Employees who do not follow the policy may be disciplined or fired.