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3 tips for conducting a vehicle inspection

Posted by admin on April 16, 2014
   

Routine vehicle inspections are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) standards regarding commercial vehicle operation, in order to ensure that your employees are operating only the safest, most well-maintained fleet and equipment possible.

If you're not sure what steps are involved in completing such an inspection, it's a good idea to rely on inspection software such as IndustrySafe, which can provide you with criteria that you need to check for when overseeing vehicles such as a forklift or truck.

OSHA recommends inspecting several components of each vehicle, including the following:

Lights

DOT Inspection for Lights Driving at Night in Rain

Particularly for truckers who will be driving at night, it is crucial to ensure that the lighting systems are in good shape and provide enough illumination for long stretches of highway where visibility is poor.

Parking system

Truck Braking System button

A commercial vehicle that has its parking brake mechanism fail can pose a serious physical hazard to those working around it, not to mention any property that is nearby. Make sure that the parking brake's pneumatic system is in good shape and has adequate pressure. You should also check the brake pads to ensure they still provide enough padding.

Tires

Man kneeling inspecting vehicle tires

A blown tire can lead to a serious accident and puts not just the driver of the truck at risk, but those around him on the roadways as well. Make sure the vehicle's tires have enough tread and don't show signs of cracks or tearing.

If you're interested in learning more about how IndustrySafe can help you conduct more thorough vehicle inspections, browse our site today. We can provide your organization with a comprehensive set of tools that will protect your employees and ensure that your firm passes OSHA inspections and audits.

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