Bucket trucks are remarkably reliable and long-lasting. Replacement parts, both new and aftermarket, are available for units that have been operating since the 60’s and 70’s. For that reason, there is a tendency to jump in the bucket truck in the morning and fire it up not thinking about what the operation manual says.
The ANSI aerial platform standards group understands that there are bucket trucks on the road from all eras and for that reason and others, they provides criteria to help manufacturers, operators, owners, regulators and other stakeholders ensure that bucket trucks are designed and manufactured correctly, operated safely and maintained properly. Applying these standards can prevent worker injuries and eliminate incidents that can cause property damage, disrupt operations, and cause project delays.
Focusing today on operations manuals, they cover safety issues and are essential for information on how to operate your bucket truck. They also give instructions on the daily pre-operation checks. We can think of these checks like the pre-flight checks that all planes go through. We would never consider getting on a plane that hasn’t been inspected and lubricated … right?
Below we have provided the pre-op checklist for two units from different eras. They are pretty similar.
Daily Inspection and Pre-Operation checks (1988 Stelco)
Daily Pre-Operation Checks (2009 Hi -Ranger)
- Perform the inspections and lubrications as outlined in the maintenance section of your manual
- Store loose objects properly
- Check under the vehicle for leakage
- Vehicle and body checks – see Hi-Ranger graphic below
And all this needs to be done before operating the aerial device.
If you would like more information about how Utility Equipment Parts can help with getting you ready for your daily operations check ups, i.e. Operating Manual for your unit or replacement parts for your unit (regardless of its age) give the UEP Guys a call today.
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