From phones “falling” out of your pocket to spilled drinks and lost items, moving-floor drivers have a lot to worry about. But with these handy tips, you can minimize the chances of mishaps and keep your sanity intact.
- Cleaning Equipment
When it comes to tools, the more you use, the better. However, it’s important to clean your equipment whenever it gets rusty or has accumulated too much dirt. So it’s time to take care of your tools. This is especially important if you use socket wrenches or socket extensions since they tend to get dirty easily.
Reading the label on a socket set tells you how often you should clean it. However, some tools, such as torque wrenches and ball-end wrenches, become so covered with rust that they can no longer be properly cleaned or re-used after each use. You can either purchase new sockets or use a capping tool to cover the socket threads and prevent new dirt from getting into the tool.
- Check the Bearings
According to Hale Trailer experts, walking floor trailers are built to last. Still, the wheels, bearings, or axles may require urgent maintenance, or worse-it can lead to you being stuck on the road.
To know if an axle needs repairing, check if it is wobbly. But if there is no wobbling, check the axles’ bearing for wear and tear. If the wheels are making too much noise when you’re driving over bumpy roads, it’s time to check whether their bearings need replacement or repair.
- Keep Your Hands Clean
One way to prevent scratches on the trailer is to keep your hands clean. It’s not sanitary, but covering your hands with Vaseline is one way to prevent possible scratches. Another option is to wear a pair of heavy-duty work gloves to protect your hands from anything that may scratch the surface of the trailer.
- Fit Your Trailer
It’s also important to fit your trailer properly, with proper lighting and accessories attached. To prevent any accidents or foul play, ensure that it does not exceed the approved load weight. But along with that, make sure that the vehicle carrying the trailer can handle the load.
- Triple Check Your Load
Most injuries sustained on moving floors are due to human error. So it’s best to triple check your load before offloading it to make sure everything is intact, hence ensuring maximum safety. Accessories like pallets and beams, for instance, should be easily fit or installed in the trailer. So make sure you double-check your load.
- Test Your Connectors
To ensure that the wiring is secure, it’s best to use strain relief connectors on all electrical boxes. This prevents any damage to the wires or accidental disconnection of the socket. However, make sure that the electrical connection is tight, and the box is properly mounted.
Moving floors require constant maintenance. However, by following these tips, you can minimize the chances of getting a moving amputation. And even if you do, these tips will help you quickly assess the problem and address it as soon as possible.