Why Management's Role?

If management experiences large numbers of repairs to the vehicles, machinery, and equipment, this should be viewed as an indication of inadequate maintenance and inspection procedures and an indication of potentially unsafe vehicles, machinery, or equipment, which could facilitate or cause accidents. The scheduling of periodic inspections and maintenance activities should be part of management's safety and health program. Management should maintain a record on each vehicle regarding repairs, inspections, and maintenance.

When hazards or defects are found, there must be guidelines or rules for placing vehicles, equipment, or machinery out of service until problems are corrected. Operators must be sufficiently trained and knowledgeable enough to detect maintenance and repair needs, and to report them to the appropriate authority.

Is the emphasis of your preventive maintenance and inspection program based upon the importance of recognizing the components that directly affect control, such as braking systems, steering systems, couplers, drives, kill switches, electrical controls, tires and wheels, and suspension systems? Each of these could affect safe operation. You should also have a program that can determine when vehicle, machinery, and equipment component wear is at a point where replacement is necessary.

This is why the PMP must be enforced by management. It should also be evaluated continuously to gauge its effectiveness in preventing accidents. Your fleet of vehicles, equipment, and machinery should be capable of passing the minimum industry inspection standards.

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