UAW Local 1050 Health &
Brothers and Sisters of Local 1050,
Over the past
few months there have been several mobile
equipment issues. As many of us know our
mobile equipment fleet is getting older and
may need to be repaired more often. When it
comes to mobile equipment, we as operators
must perform a pre-shift inspection of the
equipment we are using. Arconic and OSHA
state that, we as operators of such
equipment, are responsible for that
equipment while we are operating it. We want
to remind everyone to make sure that the
pre-shift inspections are being completed.
If during your pre-shift inspection or
throughout the day you find that the
equipment is unsafe in any manner,
notify your supervisor and
NOT OPERATE the equipment until the
unsafe condition has been corrected. Don’t
let anyone talk you into operating it for
another hour, or until the next shift or
until the weekend. You are responsible for
that equipment when you are operating it. If
anything is to happen, you will be held
responsible by the company. We must speak up
and let management know there is a problem.
If we just continue to operate unsafe
equipment without saying anything then
nobody knows there is a problem. If your
supervisor wants you to just operate the
equipment regardless or gives you a hard
time, notify your steward or any safety rep.
If the supervisor directs you to proceed,
make them take responsibility for the
equipment by having them signing off
on your pre-shift inspection sheet. Bottom
line our stance is that we
NOT OPERATE any equipment that is
unsafe. Below you will find the General
Safety Rules copied directly from the
Arconic Mobile Equipment Safety & Health
GENERAL SAFETY RULES (apply to all mobile
Mobile equipment operators shall be held directly responsible for
the safe operation of their equipment.
Report all accidents whether they involve
personal injury, equipment or material
damage, collision or upsets to your
Do not remove your vehicle from the
scene of an accident without proper
authorization, unless it presents an unsafe
Whenever there is any doubt as to SAFETY, the mobile equipment
operator shall stop the equipment refuse to
operate the equipment until: 1) safety has
been assured or 2) the operator has been
directed to proceed by the supervisor, who
then assumes all responsibility for the
SAFETY of the lift.
Always give pedestrians the right of way.
If workers or pedestrians block line
of travel, slow down, or stop if necessary
and sound horn.
Do not attempt to make any mechanical repairs
to mobile equipment. All maintenance work
shall be done by authorized persons.
Be careful when mounting and dismounting
vehicles and use steps where provided.
Face the direction you are traveling, never
back up without looking to see that all is
Be sure your vehicle and load clears doors and
doorways when entering or leaving buildings.
No movement of vehicles or persons is allowed
under high speed or motorized doors while
they are in downward or upward motion.
Park vehicle in a safe place when not in use.
Do not obstruct crossings,
passageways or roadways. Leave forks lowered
and in such a position as not to create a
Never park vehicles or set equipment and
material closer than 6 feet from the nearest
rail or railroad track.
Stunt driving, racing and horseplay with
vehicles shall not be permitted.
Obey all traffic signs such as “STOP”, “SLOW”,
“CAUTION”, “KEEP TO RIGHT”, etc.
Sound horn at all blind corners, when passing through doorways, when
passing other vehicles, pedestrians or
workers, or whenever there is a sign
indicating its use.
Never use horn to startle people.
Do not use mobile equipment that has been
tagged out for repairs, until equipment is
released for use.
Equipmentis to be released by an
Vehicle operator shall obey all traffic
regulations and traffic control signs.
Speed limits - In Buildings -- 7 mph
Outside Buildings – 15 mph
Drive at safe, moderate speeds at all times.
Never pass another moving vehicle in a
roadway or aisle. Pass only when the other
vehicle is stopped, conditions are clear and
the driver motions you through. Use extra
care in congested areas, when making turns
or on rough floors or pavement.
Effective October 1, 1998 bicycles will no
longer be permitted to be used on the plant
Pedestrians are not to be positioned within a minimum of 3 feet
next to a vehicle in operation or stopped.
Unexpected movement of the vehicle
including rear end swings during turning,
load shifting during normal operation - can
and do happen.
All mobile equipment, equipped with lights, must have the lights on
at all times during operation.
A mobile equipment‘s vehicle ignition key must be turned to the
“OFF” position when that vehicle is left
The UAW Health & Safety Committee
If you have safety concerns and need
a member of the UAW Health & Safety
Committee do not hesitate to get a hold of
us. We have safety reps located in each
business. Below is a list of UAW Safety reps
by business and shift.
Sandy Bulls-1st Shift
Michelle Taylor-1st Shift
Eric Knuckles-1st Shift
Randy Stout-1st Shift
Larry Smith-1st Shift
Don Galloway-1st Shift
Brent Gibson-2nd shift
Donna Gibson-1st Shift
Kevin Fallon-1st Shift
Jim Pettit-2nd Shift
Rick Peck-2nd Shift
Scott Berhent-1st Shift
Clayton Merriweather-3rd Shift
Robin Koecher-2nd Shift
Doug Peko-2nd Shift
Lance Dempsey-2nd Shift
UAW Local 1050
Health & Safety Chairman