Vehicle Maintenance for Auto Liability Protection

It is wise to incorporate into your enterprise risk plan a vehicle maintenance standard operating procedure. Auto liability claims can be severe and directly affect your bottom line. These claims from auto accidents could be to your employees or to other third parties. Claimants typically involve having plaintiff attorneys involved and that will drive up all the cost drivers in this equation. Below are some loss prevention diagnostic questioning for your review.

1. Are special activities such as painting, welding, and battery work confined to separate parts of the garage or maintenance areas and isolated from each other to avoid dangerous interference?

2. Is adequate ventilation provided to prevent accumulation of flammable or injurious vapors -and gases?

3. Are floors kept clean and free of oil, grease, gasoline, water, and other hazardous or slippery substances?

4. Are sand pails provided, and are spills immediately sanded and cleaned?

5. Do personnel performing hazardous operations have proper personal protective equipment?

6. Are vehicles supported securely in position on safety stands after being raised on jacks?

7. Are tool kits periodically inspected and defective tools replaced?

8. Are extension cords checked periodically for deterioration due to contact with oil or grease?

9. Are personnel prohibited from stretching extension cords along the floor?

10. Are shop entrances and exits clearly identified?

11. Are horn warning or other prescribed signals given by vehicles when entering or leaving the shop?

12. Are driveways and areas around entrances and exits cleaned and treated with suitable material to reduce slippery conditions?

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