Nine Tips for Tire Safety

Staff | September 28, 2010

Operators should check tires and rims both before and after their shifts, according to Bridgestone Firestone. Here's a safety checklist that they recommend.

  1. Look for the obvious: out of alignment conditions, under-inflated tires, mismatched duals, missing valve caps.
  2. Look for tires rubbing any parts of the equipment, such as the frame or fenders.
  3. Remove all rocks wedged in the tread face and between duals.
  4. Report all oil and fuel leaks. These fluids can weaken and destroy rubber.
  5. 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.
  6. Check wheels and rims for bent, leaking or broken components; missing or loose studs or nuts; or wheel slippage
  7. Do not stand in front of any damaged or broken component.
  8. Never remove or strike damaged components until the tire is completely deflated.
  9. Always use a safety inflation device that permits you to be out of the trajectory path if a tire were to explode.