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E Light UTV Safety
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Utility Type Vehicle
“the buggy”
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Daily Checklist
• Before operation of a Utility Type Vehicle the
operator shall:
– Inspect the vehicle and fill out daily inspection form
• Check the following prior to starting
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Seat belt condition and use it
ROPS – Roll Over Protection Structure
Other structural damage
Broken or missing parts
Check for proper security of loads
Fire Extinguisher
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Daily Checklist
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Fuel and oil leaks
Fuel and oil levels
Transmission leaks and levels
properly inflated tires
guards and shields for personnel safety
Suspension parts
Parking brake
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Daily Checklist
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• Check the following after start up
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Controls and gauges
Brakes
Lighting abnormalities or failures
Horns and other warning signals
Listen for drive line wear or damage
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Daily Checklist
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Document deficiencies on check list
Take action
Contact Supervisor
Any unsafe condition = unit out of service
– Tag unit out of service
– Most UTV’s are rentals
– Do not make repairs on rentals
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Starting
• Operators must be sitting in appropriate seat
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Engage the vehicle park brake
Place in neutral
Press down on brake ( some units will not start without)
Never start UTV outside the vehicle.
Must be properly seated
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Cold Weather Starting
• For gas engines
– During cold weather you will need to start vehicle in
neutral with choke engaged
– If engine does not start within 5 seconds, turn the key
off and wait 10 seconds before next attempt
– Never attempt starting the engine more than 3 times
within a 5 minute period. The starter must have time
to cool to prevent damage
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Cold Weather Starting
• For diesel engine
– Most are equipped with glow plugs
– Never use either with glow plugs
– This will result in engine damage and possible injury
• Most are on a automatic timer based on temperature
• Never attempt starting the engine more than 3 times within a
5 minute period. The starter must have time to cool to
prevent damage.
• Repeat steps if the engine does not start
• Do not run the battery dead
• Get help if not starting
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Fueling
• Make sure you do not put the wrong fuel in
the UTV
• Fuel type should be labeled at the tank
• If labels are missing
– Green cap indicates diesel fuel
– Black cap indicates gas
• Gas in a diesel engine will cause damage.
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Batteries
• Maintain in accordance with manufacturer
specifications
– Batteries being charged can generate explosive
hydrogen gas.
– The battery may be different in size and voltage than
normal passenger vehicle.
– Persons unfamiliar with the charging or electrical
system of the UTV should referred to the operators
manual and seek help
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Driving
• Driver must be authorized and trained personnel
• Know the location of all controls
– Both inside and outside the vehicle
• Do not operate the vehicle with the cargo box
raised
• Check brake action before, during and after use,
– Report any abnormalities
• Avoid sudden starts, stops and turns
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Driving
• Each passenger must ride in a seat with
the seat belt fastened
• Do not permit horseplay or other activity
that will place passengers, cargo or the
vehicle at risk
• Keep legs, arms inside the vehicle
• Operators must back up carefully
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Rough Terrain
• The following precautions shall be used
– Drive slowly and smoothly to avoid
overturning
– Use appropriate speed on rough terrain
– Avoid swails, dangerous slopes or
depressions, bumps, holes, ruts and other
obstacles
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Rough Terrain
– Keep wheels straight at crest of hill or over
bumps and depressions
– Stay clear of ditches and embankments
– Drive completely up or down slope or hill
before making a turn
– Do not turn mid-slope
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Rough Terrain
– Brake frequently when descending slopes.
– Do not permit the ATV to "freewheel".
– If vehicle stops or loses power, lock brake to
hold vehicle in place.
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Water Hazard
• When a water hazard is encountered,
the operator shall;
– not cross the hazard if the operator is not fully
aware of the actual depth.
– not attempt to cross if water level is 6" or
greater in depth.
– proceed slowly and carefully only if the water
level is less than 6"
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Loading
• The cargo bed or box of the UTV must be
– evenly distributed.
– securely anchored to prevent shifting or loss of load.
– loaded in a lesser quantity, if on uneven or hilly
terrain.
• Never drive UTV with tailgates hanging down
and unsupported
– Lugs on tires will contact tailgate causing potential
structural damage to the vehicle
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Loading
• Do not over load
• Check load capacity of vehicle
• Include weight of
– Driver, passengers, load in cargo box and
load of trailer if applicable
• Refer to Operator’s Manual for correct
load distribution.
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Load Discharge
• Before dumping load, be sure the vehicle is on
level ground and stable surface.
• A cargo box can be very heavy
– Cargo boxes that are not equipped with power lift
were not meant to be raised by hand. Doing so may
result in back injury
• The center of gravity changes as a loaded cargo
box is raised.
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Help prevent injury when
dumping loads
• Do not allow rear wheels to hang over the edge
of a loading dock or trench.
• Operate dump with parking brake locked
• Never dump while moving.
• Operate dump on level ground only
• Do not place hands behind seat when lowering
box
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Parking
• Should be stopped and parked on a level
surface.
• Do not leave the vehicle running, unattended
because the vehicle may accidentally shift gears
and move, causing injury or property damage
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Shut Down
• Before Leaving Vehicle
– Place in Neutral
– Set parking brake
– Stop engine
– Remove key
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