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Part IV: General Rules
Vehicle Safety

OSHA citation 1926.601

Supervisors and vehicle operators share the responsibility to ensure that vehicles are safe. Supervisors will promptly correct any unsafe conditions.

  1. Make sure you understand your equipment. Ask questions if necessary.
  2. Obey all traffic and parking regulations.
  3. Do not park any vehicle on sidewalks. Do not block fire lanes.
  4. Guard against road mishaps by making prior routine checks for such items as distribution and security of your load, steering, tires, brakes, lights, windshield wipers and horn. Regularly clean your windshield, rearview mirror and the lenses of all lamps. Report to your supervisor if your vehicle is thought to be unsafe.
  5. Do not carry unauthorized passengers. Riding on the tailgates is strictly prohibited. Do not exceed the seating specifications for the vehicle. When possible, ride only in seats equipped with safety belts. In vehicles equipped with safety belts, safety belts must be worn. Vehicles used to transport materials must protect the operator from shifting cargos.
  6. Have a clear area behind your vehicle before backing up. Where rear vision is not clear, an employee, when available, should assist the driver in the backing operation.
  7. Engines must be turned off when the vehicle is not in use or being refueled.
  8. Do not ride in the back of pickup trucks.
  9. Only properly licensed drivers may drive licensed vehicles. Check to see if your license is current.
  10. When using forklifts, do not lift loads heavier than the rated capacity. Keep the center of gravity of the load as close to the mast as possible.
  11. When using a vehicle from the Transportation Department, be sure to list all vehicle defects on the back of the information card.
  12. Be careful of the many bicyclists and pedestrians on the roadways.
  13. Hydraulic lift gates on university vehicles must be operated in a safe manner, with the operator at the control lever during the complete operation of the lift gate, both in lifting and lowering. At all times when the vehicle is in motion the lift gate shall be latched in a vertical position.
  14. The driver is responsible for the positioning and security of passengers or items in the back of trucks and vans. Passengers are to be carried only in designated areas of vehicles. See that your items are properly secured and stable. Red warning flags should be attached to material that extends beyond the conveyance, as required by Indiana law.
  15. Smoking is prohibited in all university vehicles.

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