Post Date - Feb 20, 2023
At Montgomery Transport, nothing comes before our drivers’ safety. We want to make sure you’re not only safe on the roads, but also once at the shipping location for the unloading/loading process. Here’s a rundown of the most important things to keep in mind as you unload and load your truck.
The first step to a safe unloading/loading process is to make sure you’re wearing the right personal protection equipment. Be sure to have on a hard hat, safety glasses, safety gloves, reflective vest, long pants, and safety work boots. PPE is always required during this process.
Next, you should focus on location and communication. Prioritizing these two aspects of the unloading/loading process ensures safety for everyone involved.
The Safe Zone
Understanding the safe zone is an integral part of completing the unloading and loading process safely. This zone applies to both the driver and the operator. If the driver is not in the visual line of the operator, the operator should stop no less than 10 feet from the truck/trailer.
When the driver is working on the opposite side of the trailer from the person unloading or loading, our flashing beacons should be utilized. Once its clear for the unloader/loader to continue working, the driver will turn off the flashing beacons and move back into the safe zone.
Remember: The driver’s safe zone is at least 10 feet behind or in front of the trailer!
Do you feel like your carrier could do more to put your safety first? Connect with us at Montgomery Transport to learn about our CDL-A driving opportunities.