Heavy equipment is expensive and must have a preventive maintenance program developed in order for it to last as long as possible. The heavy equipment maintenance department must maintain a preventive maintenance checklist on each piece of equipment to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. This checklist must be scheduled, conducted and documented in order to comply with federal guidelines.
Date, Time and Inspector
Each heavy equipment preventive maintenance checklist must record the date of the inspection, the time the inspection was conducted and the name of the inspector who completed the checklist. This is not only required for record keeping purposes, but also to enable the maintenance mechanic or repair person to later ask the specific inspector questions about the faults found during the checklist inspection.
Most heavy equipment preventive maintenance checklists are broken up into sections, with each section listing the parts that need to be inspected. A preventive maintenance checklist has sections such as what should be inspected from the ground, what parts need to be looked at in the engine compartment and what parts should be inspected in the cab. Many such lists include a safety equipment section where the inspector can record the operational readiness of the safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, warning lights and sounds, safety lights like turn signals and overhead protection devices, cages and roll bars.
Each section of a heavy equipment preventive maintenance checklist will be broken down into categories. One category will be a list of parts or items to inspect, another category will list the things to look for when inspecting that item or part, and the last category should have a space for additional comments or problems found during the inspection. These categories record what is specifically inspected on the heavy equipment and notify the maintenance mechanic or repair-person what requires attention or repair.
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