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Clamp Truck Class



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hello my name is Mario Lewis and I'm the

safety coordinator for epic personnel

partners and this is a clamp truck

basically what I'm going to do today is

I'm going to show you how to go through

the clamp certification and the proper

steps and everything you have to touch

on as a certifier for your students

during a certification class of the

clamp number one every piece of

equipment within this facility you have

to sign out appropriately so what that

means is every day when you come up to

your piece of equipment the sign-in

sheet is gonna be in a color and

basically what you have to do is you

fill out your name you fill out the date

and based on what date and what shift

you're on you're gonna go down every

single check box and in the check box

it's gonna have damaged bent dented it's

gonna have leaks brakes tires and what

you're gonna do is you're gonna go

through every single one of these boxes

and you're gonna be physically looking

to see if there's anything that just

basically stands out so if you see a

wire that's that's a little frayed if

you see chunks missing out of your tire

you're gonna want to turn it on turn it

off move your clamps open and close them

make sure the hydraulics are okay

there's no leaks visibly look and make

sure there's no water or any moisture on

your hydraulics or your chains you want

to make sure that your roll cage is

intact and basically do a whole walk

through your vehicle and go down this

checklist and fill it out appropriately

once this is done and you put your

vehicle number at the top and you've

signed it out you are now good to go and

begin your shift

now with the clamp truck just like every

piece of equipment in here you're gonna

want to explain to the class fully first

that basically inside the facility is

treated just like the rules of the road

and what that means is is that we travel

in a certain direction we stop at all

stop signs we make sure that we're we're

in the appropriate protective equipment

seatbelts anything pertaining to that

equipment that you signed out you're

going to want to make sure also that

they understand that pedestrians get the

right away

all safety issues regarding this piece

of equipment is you notice these two

giant metal plates that are on the front

this is your actual clamp and what this

vehicle does just like a forklift

everything's just like the forklift the

difference is instead of lifting this

one squeezes so you always want to make

sure that when you're traveling from A

to B that we never travel with these

with these plates these clamps open all

the way okay we never do that the reason

being is to visibility issue whenever

you're traveling for me to be unless you

have a load you want to have your clamps

closed okay that way you can see to your

left and to your right but just make

sure that you use speak to your students

about this but they're actually getting

into the rest of the vehicle it comes to

mounting this piece of equipment what

you're going to want to do is make sure

that your students understand to have

four points of contact okay so you

always have a foot step that's on each

side of the equipment and what you're

going to want to do is just grab your

armrest grab the cage make sure you have

a firm placement here and step on to

your equipment once you sit in your

chair keep in mind right in between your

legs here you have an orange bar that's

gonna help you adjust your seating and

and the two things that are most

important on these vehicles just like

the Portland you have to make sure

every single rider always has to have

their safety so once your students on

this vehicle you want to walk them

through all of the controls so number

one this is built just like your regular

vehicle that you drive to and from work

you have almost like a little key here

that's actually attached to the to the

vehicle and what you're going to want to

do is you're going to switch it forward

and you're gonna let it cycle your

dashboard is gonna light up and the

lights are gonna actually dim and then

it's gonna turn back on and you're gonna

know that you're okay and you're ready

to go on your dash you're always gonna

want to look just like the car just like

your car dashboard you might have some

check engine lights something like a

wrench or battery if you see any of

those things light up on here you want

to know that that means there's

something wrong and this isn't a piece

of equipment that you want to sign out

for the beginning of your day you also

have orange triangles on most of the

equipment in here it's all completely

off-limits to everybody just understand

and explain to your students that no one

is to touch these buttons to the left of

your dash here you also have a parking

brake there's an orange side and a gray

side both sides have a circle with a p

in it and basically to disengage your

parking brake all you have to do is

press the top side of that and it'll

automatically disengage that parking

brake on the left side of your steering

wheel you have the orange handle just

like on the forklift and all this does

is allow you to adjust the tip the tilt

in your steering wheel so once you're

comfortable notice that on the steering

wheel you also have a horn every time

you go to move this piece of equipment

you always want to use your horn to let

everybody know that you're about to be

in motion right underneath your steering

wheel on the left side is where you have

your actual gear shift your gear shift

has three settings if you push it all

the way away from you that's actually

putting you in the forward motion and

then if you turn it all the way back

that's putting you in Reverse and if you

keep it in the middle that's neutral

on the left side of your dashboard on

the other side of your steering wheel

you only have one switch and that switch

is just for your headlights the two

headlights that are in the front and

once you turn that switch on and off

when you toggle it that's what's going

to adjust your lights your lights should

be on every single time you're utilizing

this piece of equipment because that's

what's going to allow you to have the

maximum visibility while you're

operating this this piece of equip them

through the settings of turning on the

vehicle and all the all the controls on

the dashboard the only other controls on

this vehicle is going to be your four

throttles here that control your clamps

now these these only have one more

control arm than the forklift and

basically almost like the same controls

so basically the one all the way to the

left we have our clamps that go up

pushing away make some go to and then

you have your tilt your tilt back your

tilt forward pushing away from you the

next one to the right is your ship you

could actually shift right you could

shift left bring it back to the middle

and then you have your fourth your

fourth is most important based on what

model clamp truck that you're on it's

either gonna be just a regular throttle

like the rest of the controls or it's

going to have a little button on the

side of it the button is just a safety

feature because this is the control arm

that's going to make your clamps close

so what you do is you pull on this and

you're going to gently pull back and in

the open your clamps when your clamps

are open you always want to make sure

you have a good enough room on each side

of your product before you go into it

once you drive forward into the product

you'll be able to close your clamps

and you don't want to ever close your

clamps too much you don't want your

students to linger on this arm because

obviously you might squeeze the product

too hard at this point in time in the

class you walk your students going

through the control you want them all

the safety having to do with this

making sure their arms and limbs stay

inside the cage at all times just like

the front leg now at this point we're

ready to start testing once we're ready

to start testing before we actually put

any students in motion you're gonna want

to play the Simon Says game with the

controls for the clamps so what that

means is you're going to put your

student onto this vehicle without

letting them put it in motion and you're

going to just explain to them that you

want them to orient themselves with the

control arms alone nothing else on the

equipment should be touching they should

just take the time

these controls and make sure that they

take the appropriate time to memorize

each mark and what's going to happen is

is once they feel that they're ready you

are then going to approach the vehicle

stand right next to them and you're

gonna play the Simon Says which is

you're going to tell them clamps up

lamps down tilt back tilt forward shift

left shift right and of course you're

going to want them to be able to open

and close their clamps and you're going

to want them to do this on a pretty

steady command and almost to where it's

natural it's up to you as the certifier

to be able to identify how fast or how

accurately they're taking those commands

and at that point once you feel

comfortable as a certifier that they've

established this part that's when you're

able to start to the next part of the

class to put them in actual motion on

this vehicle at this point of the class

you are now ready to put your students

in motion so what you're gonna do is

you're gonna place them on the vehicle

one at a time you're gonna have them

walk you through all the controls you're

definitely gonna have them walk you

through all the safety features

everything they have to know driving

this piece of equipment and basically

always explain on every piece of

equipment whether it has Forks or clamps

we never travel from A to B with those

raised in the air we always travel with

it at least two to four inches off the

ground never above the knee it's a

safety feature and remember to always

keep your clamps closed now at this

point you're gonna let them get on the

vehicle I usually like to use pallets

plastic pallets set up a couple and have

them do laps you want them to go forward

you want them to go backwards maybe

figure eights depending on the room of

the facility that you have where you're

actually certifying your students and

what I would actually recommend is to

make sure that as a certifier you're

identifying that they have full control

over the vehicle it's important because

you're the last buffer before this

potential employee comes back to this

facility and you want to make sure that

you touch on all these

it's up specifically with your students

so at this point once this is all over

and you establish you establish your

class you you have to come up with your

summary make sure to put in your notes

all in awe be on tape and have a great

day