Loading hazardous materials can sometimes be fatal for truck drivers, think about fireworks, fuel, and sodium. These are considered hazardous materials that are difficult to transport and come with a lot of risk. If you are a truck driver and haul hazardous material, it is very important to follow some tips and rules to keep yourself and the load safe:
Choose safe truck parking
If you are loading hazardous material, it is important to park your truck in an area where your load is safe. If you park your truck on private property, ask the property owner for permission and inform them about what you are hauling.
Keep away from flames
Hazardous material is considered unstable and it’s vitally important to keep it away from flames. If you see a fire while on the road, you need to take special caution. Do not drive past it unless you can pass it without stopping.
Check your tires for damage
To avoid accidents, check your tires for damage or overheating. Check them regularly either at the beginning of the trip or whenever you park your vehicle. Immediately replace or repair damaged tires.
Safety while fueling
You should never leave your truck unattended while fueling. Also, don’t run your truck’s engine while fueling. It is important that you stay next to your truck whenever it is getting filled up.
It is dangerous to carry a lit cigarette near a truck that is carrying hazardous material. Moreover, you should never smoke near an empty tank that includes flammable materials.
While hauling hazardous material, make sure that all containers are properly labeled and the material is contained in an appropriate vessel.
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