Since the trucks are tall and heavy, a poorly balanced load is able to displace the center of gravity of these vehicles, which can cause toppling. If the driver makes sudden movements or speed a little above the point of safety in the curves, he is already in risk of accidents.
Bucket toppling problems can occur even with the truck stopped. If the driver parks the truck on an uneven floor and lifts the bucket, the load will hang only to one side of the vehicle, causing the bucket to tip and fall over.
Do you know what can be done to prevent toppling? Why can the bucket turn even with the truck parked? How to increase safety during lifting? How can technology help to prevent accidents? Here are tips to lift your bucket more safely and efficiently.
Learn how to avoid bucket tipping.
To avoid accidents, it is important to distribute the weight of the load in the bucket uniformly and evenly to avoid overloading on only one side of the truck. Make sure the load is evenly loaded so that there is no excess on one side of the bucket.
In addition, the truck driver must pay attention to the importance of lifting the material being transported on firm and flat terrain in order to avoid toppling. Remember to always make sure that the floor is flat, firm and leveled.
Low tires and overdue springs may also be the cause of a toppling bucket – for example, if a spring breaks during the tipping, it can cause accidents. Therefore, the driver must always pay attention to these questions and make preventive maintenance in his vehicle.
To avoid accidents involving people, it is important to keep them away from the truck during tipping and to isolate the area around the vehicle.
Increase safety during tipping and lifting
But why do buckets topple even with the truck stopped? Sometimes the driver stops on a sloping floor, or starts lifting the bucket and the lid does not open, causing the bucket tilting and leading to topple.
Stay in the cabin while you are tilting and watch out for load status. Make sure that the bucket cover is open before tilting. When unloading the material, get off the vehicle and confirm that the door has opened, assisting manually if necessary.
Perform the tilt very slowly. If the load does not go down, do not accelerate the truck with the bucket up, especially with the power take-off on. Also avoid unloading the products in very windy days, as atmospheric conditions can contribute to load instability.
Take extra care with wet load, which can stick to the bucket and increase the danger of toppling. And never exceed the load limit provided in Contran’s 258 Resolution, the so-called Balance Law.
Learn how technology can prevent toppling
Currently, there are technologies that can help keep the bucket from toppling over and enhancing its safety. Electronic systems are able to monitor the incline of the vehicle and even automatically stop the toppling in case of irregular incline.
When we think of operational versatility, roll on – roll off equipment brings the best solutions for loading and unloading, because they are able to transport the most diverse types of loads with agility, safety and practicality, thus optimizing logistics and reducing costs.
Adaptable to different situations, the roll on – roll off system can be used to move tilting boxes and dump trucks to transport construction materials, heavy materials, equipment, grains, dry loads and many other materials.
The main advantage of the roll on – roll off mechanism is the speed with which the cargo is loaded onto the truck or tractor – around only two minutes. In addition, in less than eight minutes this equipment can carry a different load, simply by changing the type of body.
Due to this characteristics, roll on – roll off equipment allows the optimization in the transport of the most diverse types of loads with agility and practicality, providing a wide flexibility in the logistics and cost reduction.
As we have seen, some basic care during tipping and lifting can prevent accidents and increase safety in operations. The use of appropriate equipment and technologies also helps to increase efficiency.
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