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Safety Lane 101

Posted on 04/08/2015 at 01:18 PM by Dena Boelter

The "Safety Lane" has become a regular part of our maintenance operation and by now everyone is getting used to using the drive through bay at the north end of the shop to get an additional look at the equipment.

Sometimes we are asked "why do we have to go through" or told "I've been doing this for years, I have more experience than the technician doing the inspection, why do I have to do it?"

First let me clear up what the Safety Lane is not:

  • A technician doing the inspection for the driver
  • A technician looking for things the driver isn't checking
  • "Big Brother Watching" or an excuse not to do a proper inspection

Now what it is:

  • A one on one training and sharing experience (this is the answer to the "I have more experience" comment - SHARE your knowledge - it makes us better as a team)
  • A second set of eyes
  • A place to get supplies - chains, load bars, oil jugs filled, spare glad-hand rubbers, etc
  • A place to talk to a technician, ask questions about noises, operation tips, etc
  • A place to make all our jobs safer and more productive
  • A place to do minor repairs or "quick serve"

Test the knowledge of the technician in the bay, ask questions, expect the technician to explain components, all this makes us all sharper!

The biggest reason for the Inspection Lane is to make us better as a team, smarter, safer, and more productive.

Submitted by Mike McDonald

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