Making full use of safety equipment in hauling or towing any broken down vehicles are important. Whether it is clearly broken down vehicles in accidents or moving vehicles, without safety regards, tow truck drivers may risk potential injuries. Tow truck drivers are the early responders to a scene, so they need to be prepared and ready in order to tackle the jobs that they encounter. So before any tasks, they need to have the appropriate tools and equipment at hand. Following are some of the equipment:
Checking Tow Truck and Equipment
Towing operators may need checklists for them to examine and check various parts of their tow trucks and equipment before leaving for duties. The cables of the tow trucks should be inspected to see if they are worn and need replacement if not in working condition. Headlights need to function together with the batteries to prevent possible stalling. In order to carry out hauling properly, the winch system must be in working condition too.
Knowledge in the Use of Equipment
Towing operators needs to know the abilities of their own tow trucks. Different tow truck has different specific gross vehicle weight rating which has to be recognized for safe transportation. They are categorized into three groups; light, medium or heavy duty.
Work Safety Gears
It is compulsory for a towing operator to wear a reflective vest when carrying out duty on the federal highway. The vests are divided into 3 categories, each depending on their brightness levels. Towing operators are recommended to wear reflective vests together with helmets. This is because they will use cables or wires during work, it is expected for them to put on safety gloves as well as work boots when working.
Procedures to Load
When the tow truck reaches a location, the first thing they need do is to set up a safe perimeter for loading by using reflective cones. Handles and running boards can be utilized whenever they are entering or leaving their tow trucks to avoid injury.
Tow truck driver needs to have the emergency lights or headlights turned on to caution other drivers on the road. When loading, tow truck operator needs to make sure the load is put in the right zones. For example, if towing a vehicle using a flatbed tow truck, the towed vehicle has to be loaded in the center of the platform and tied down with straps. The towed vehicle will be stably secured during the transportation.