Daily checks on the Moffett are just as important as the truck carrying it and the damage resulting in not carrying out the checks can be just as costly. The Moffett must be dismounted prior to carrying out the checks this enables not only operational checks of the forks but also ground level access to the engine fluid levels.
Firstly with the engine off carry out a visual check of the Moffett's general condition, looking at the forks checking that they're in good condition and level.
Check the mast and carriage plate for damage and that there are no loose items apparent, check the hydraulic hoses for evidence of leaks which will be clearly visible by damp dirty areas around the actual leaked. The change should be checked for condition and that there are no obvious links missing or adrift.
Checking the security of the wheels is an important part of the Moffat check, loose wheel nuts are clearly visible by way of rust marks around the wheel nuts. The tyre should also be checked for wear and under inflation a Moffett with uneven tire pressures will cause unnecessary difficulty when attempting to offload the product.
Lift the bonnet by releasing the catch and before opening the radiator cap ensure the engine is cool, if not you could suffer a serious injury. Now check the engine oil level using the dipstick, this should be within the minimum and maximum. Should any of the levels require attention you must seek advice from your manager on the fluid specification.
Again checking the wheels and tires standing back looking at the general condition of the Moffett including the light lenses for cleanliness and free from any cracks and damaged. Checking the last wheel and tire before looking at the hydraulic fluid level which must be visible within the minimum and maximum marks on the level indicator, and at the road tax disc is current.
Entering and exiting the Moffett should always be carried out safely by way of a three-point contact at all times, by design the Moffett has well-placed and secure steps and grab handles to allow this.
The seat belt must be worn and the campsite guards securely locked down before starting the vehicle, insert the key and switch on the ignition check the, fuel level is ample for the job.
Check the operation of the Moffett lights not forgetting the beacon. When attending the customer site the last thing you want to happen is not being able to offload due to a fault. So start the vehicle to carry out the operational checks of the forks starting with raise and then lower, retract and extend the folks fully.
Now tilt the falls and then check the side shift, finally deploy the stabilisers.
Now the checks have been carried out report any defects on the vehicle check sheet and mount the Moffett back onto the vehicle.
Connect the electrical suzie and check the vehicle lights, finally checking the number plate's fitted and correct to the vehicle.
So let's just recap, get into a routine this way you are less likely to miss anything make sure your license and any additional permits are up to date.
You could be fined up to 200 pounds plus penalty points if your vehicle is found to be defective whilst you are driving it.
Only use the steps and handrails provided to access the vehicle, if in any doubt report your concerns to your manager as remember it's better to ask before the event rather than deal with the consequences if you don't!
As you have just seen it takes minutes to get to ensure regular routing this not only saves you time it also helps ensure nothing is missed. Throughout the check ask yourself is my vehicle safe and legal, record and report defects according to our employees instructions and also remember to continually monitor the roadworthiness of your vehicle throughout your day.
Remember it's your responsibility to check the roadworthiness of the vehicle you using even if it's already been used and check that very same day.
These checks are vital not only do they check a vehicles roadworthiness, they help safeguard your license and so your job but more importantly these checks ensure not only your safety but other road users too.