Safety equipment / procedures
All wheels on Unit / Trailer should be fitted with wheel nut indicators to alert the driver to any movement of wheel nuts If any wheel nuts are missing – you must follow your company procedure and replace immediately.
When a wheel is removed – the wheel torque procedure must be adhered to in full – all drivers must be familiar and understand their own hauliers procedure'
When a wheel has been removed – the wheel nuts are most susceptible to experience a loss of torque within its first week (this can be in excess of 800miles!). Drivers and operators must always be vigilant to this.
Driver Vigilance / Checks
It is imperative that drivers undertake a thorough vehicle walkaround check for each TractorUnit / trailer driven within the shift with time & care taken to inspect each tyre / wheel as per training.
Tyres / wheels should be visually monitored throughout the shift for any changes in conditionor shift in wheel nut indicator position.
Actions to Consider (Workshop / Tyre Fitters) - Wheel replacement procedures
Tyre fitters / workshops MUST follow the manufacturers guidelines when replacing wheels
All of the team must be signed off on their training and company procedures, which must cover the wheel cleaning requirements, lubrication requirements and re-torque requirements