Harvest Leader Manual

  ATV Policy and Procedures

When offloading/loading ATV on trailer, be sure trailer hitch is securely latched to tow vehicle.

Equipment Inspection. Check these items and correct if necessary

With ATV engine off:
1. Is the oil level okay? Check on level ground.
2. Is tire pressure okay on all 4 tires? Adequate tread? Nuts & hardware tight?
3. Does parking brake set and hold properly?
4. Inspect brake cables and engine lines for wear, tear, & tightness
5. Clean?: footboards, pegs, engine.
6. Check all lights
7. Towball, Ballmount secure?
1. Is tire pressure okay on both tires? Adequate tread? Nuts & hardware tight?
2. Securely latched to ATV towball with safety pin in place?
3. Deck boards sound, secured? Clean enough to offer good traction for volunteers?
4. Gate in locked position?
5. Hanging wires, foreign objects hanging from? Fasten or tighten,
6. Load pallets or totes slightly forward of axle.
ATV check with running:
1. On level ground, go forward slowly. Try brakes. You should have smooth stop with no grabbing or pulling to one side.
2. Bounce up and down on the suspension and make sure it is working properly.
Operating the ATV General Operation:
1. Operator must be 18 years or older with valid driver's license and Oregon ATV Safety Education Card,
2. Never carry passengers on ATV,
3. Up to 2 passengers may ride in trailer. Must be 16 years or older, must be seated on deck, drive less than 10mph,
4. Be sure load is stable,
5. Avoid parking facing up or downhill. If necessary, put in reverse as well as using parking brake. Always try to park cross-slope if possible,
6. Wear protective clothing and footwear with good traction on footboards. Wear protective eyewear in all orchards and other properties with eye-level dangers,
7. Keep ATV and trailer tires away from ruts,
8. Do not overload ATV or trailer, see manufacturer specs,
9. When moving check for volunteers nearby, assume they have not noticed you're there. Beep or call-out every time you start movement. Children w/o parents should be 10 ft away from ATV and trailer,
10. At all times think about your safety and that of people around ATV and trailer. We can replace the equipment but we can't replace you!
Going uphill:
1. Redistribute the load so more weight is on the front of the ATV,
2. Slide forward on the seat, and lean forward and down,
3. Slow down.
Going downhill:
1. Redistribute the load so more weight is on the back of ATV,
2. Slide back on the seat and try not to lean forward,
3. Slow down.
Going across slopes:
1. Always lean uphill when crossing slopes,
2. Watch out for ruts that can trap your downhill tire and cause a rollover,
3. Reduce your speed and stay aware of uneven ground,
4. If you're on a slope and feel ATV starting to roll over: Try to turn the wheels more to the downhill, if the terrain makes this possible. If you can't, carefully get off ATV on uphill side,
5. No passengers in trailer going across slopes.
Unloading tote:
1. Set rear jacks,
2. Be sure 2x4s are under truck gate to allow ramp to slide easily on ground,
3. All personnel must be 6ft away (children 10') from lowering tailgate except operator.
Accident/Damage Reporting:

If you have an accident or damage occur, report to Harvest Director. ATV must be inspected by shop staff, sometimes dangerous damage is hidden and can be missed at first glance.

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