Shop Safety - Keeping Us All Safe
June 17, 2016
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Fleet mechanics have a difficult task to accomplish requiring them to overcome many hazards. Their job also has many unique safety concerns we are not always aware of.
Many of their work areas require safety glasses, hard toed and slip resistant foot wear and flame resistive clothing. If you are in these work areas without the same protection, we are violating their safety rules.
Always check in with the shop supervisor if you must visit their shop, check on a vehicle or visit equipment being repaired. Consider the fact that we create a hazard for them by just being in their shop.
Below are some simple steps we can follow to help ensure our safety, their safety, and show respect for their profession.
Respect their work areas and remember we are guests while in their complex.
- Do not walk through their bays to short cut your walk. By nature of their work, mechanic work areas have many trip and slip hazards such as air hoses, tools, fluids or parts on the ground.
- Do not park vehicles behind parked vehicles in bays unless told to do so by a mechanic or the shop supervisor.
- Always park in the designated parking areas. When you write up a vehicle for repairs ask the service writer where they would like it parked.
- Do not loiter in their work areas. They have very expensive tools they are responsible for and nobody likes having someone look over their shoulders while they are working.
Always keep in mind that mechanics at any time could be operating or testing a piece of equipment such as a grabber arm on a sanitation truck. Staying out of their work areas will not only reduce their stress but will also help to eliminate the likelihood of an accident.