Operators should check tires and rims both before and after their shifts, according to Bridgestone Firestone. Here's a safety checklist that they recommend.
- Look for the obvious: out of alignment conditions, under-inflated tires, mismatched duals, missing valve caps.
- Look for tires rubbing any parts of the equipment, such as the frame or fenders.
- Remove all rocks wedged in the tread face and between duals.
- Report all oil and fuel leaks. These fluids can weaken and destroy rubber.
- Identify damaged or cut tires. Off-road tires often incur surface or appearance cuts that do not affect performance or safety, but if in doubt, contact the job supervisor.
- Check wheels and rims for bent, leaking or broken components; missing or loose studs or nuts; or wheel slippage
- Do not stand in front of any damaged or broken component.
- Never remove or strike damaged components until the tire is completely deflated.
- Always use a safety inflation device that permits you to be out of the trajectory path if a tire were to explode.