5. L OADING A ND U NLOADING T HE T RAILER
Improper trailer loading causes many accidents and deaths. To safely load a trailer, you must consider the overall load weight and load distribution.
The load distribution must be such that no component part of the trailer is loaded beyond its rating. You must be sure that the load distribution does not exceed the rating of the tires, wheels and axles.
An overloaded dump body could cause hydraulic and PTO components to fail, which could result in the dump body falling.
Do not overload dump body.
Do not load a trailer so that the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is exceeded.
5.1 LOAD TRAILER 1. Verify the tailgate closed and properly latched.
2. Load the material into the trailer, distributing the material evenly throughout the trailer.
Tip Over Hazard.
Improper material distribution in the trailer may result in trailer tip over when dump body is raised.
Distribute the material evenly throughout the trailer.
3. Weigh the trailer to be sure you have not exceeded the weight capacity of the trailer, tires, axles and wheels.
4. All loaded trailers should be covered with a tarp.
5.2 UNLOAD TRAILER
The operator must be qualified to operate a dump trailer, know and understand the controls and the conditions that can cause a tip over.
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