Roofing requires that materials and equipment be transported between job sites and workshops. Safety applies to the transport of materials and equipment just as much as to the work on the jobsite itself. Those responsible for transporting materials and equipment must follow these common-sense rules of good driving.
- Do not tailgate.
- Observe the posted speed limit.
- Reduce speed in poor driving conditions.
- Stay alert.
- Use your mirrors.
- Do not use handheld electronic devices.
- Drive defensively.
The following additional rules also apply to roofing trucks and trailers.
- Ensure that the load is properly distributed.
- Secure all equipment, tools and materials. Ensure propane cylinders are in an upright position and labels are visible. Place proper lids on liquid containers.
- Check the kettle or trailer you are towing, especially the hitches, safety chains, tires, lights and brakes to ensure that they are in proper working condition.
- Drive carefully. Remember, a truck takes longer to stop when towing a kettle or trailer. Allow an extra margin of distance for a slower stop.
- Be sure the kettle is not overfilled so when it is being towed it won’t spill on starting, stopping and cornering.
- Carry a fully charged fire extinguisher in the cab along with a fully stocked first aid kit.
- Never back up a truck/trailer without assistance.