Golf carts seem simple enough, BUT IF IS SO SIMPLE WHY ARE FOLKS HAVING INCIDENTS/ACCIDENTS WITH THEM AT WORK. In the end OHS will ask SHOW ME THE WORKER COMPETENCY and COMPANY TRAINING!
Drivers – it the responsibility of the individual driver to obey all vehicle safety regulations, operate the vehicle as outlined in this guide, and operate the vehicle in a safe manner including but not limited to stop at stop signs, yield to pedestrians, use appropriate routes, secure loads, etc. Company golf cart vehicles are to be used for official business only.
Inspection and Maintenance
All golf cart vehicles should be maintained as recommended by the manufacturer’s service schedule. A vehicle inspection should be conducted each day of use. A checklist should be developed for each golf cart vehicle to include items such as: tire pressure, rust damage, fluid leaks, loose parts, and other obvious visual issues. Following a visual inspection, the functional aspects of the golf cart vehicle safety devices should be checked, such as: steering, brakes, mirrors, wipers, seat belt, horn, signals and correctly charged battery. Refer to the owners’ manual for other inspection and maintenance recommendations.
Note: Proper battery maintenance is very important. Older batteries have been known to explode due to overcharging. Refer to owner’s manual for correct charging procedures.
Tampering or modifying the golf cart vehicle’s governor is prohibited.
Report any items not in proper working order to your supervisor and take the golf cart vehicle out of service until repairs are made. Keep records of all maintenance and repairs.
The safe operation of carts must be understood and followed at all times:
- Use extreme caution. Never drive faster than conditions allow. Be alert for changing hazards or hazardous conditions.
- Avoid distractions – drivers should not use cell phones while operating carts.
- Do not operate carts on roadways outside the confines of WORK-SITE boundaries.
- Do not operate carts inside, under, or through buildings.
- Do not operate carts on lawns or landscaped areas unless absolutely necessary. Vegetation is easily damaged.
- Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts (if originally equipped).
- Drivers are responsible for the ignition key the entire time they use the vehicle. Keys are not to be left in carts while unattended.
- Drive head up hills/inclines.
- Never take your hands off the wheel.
- Sound horn at blind turns.
- Know maximum weight limits of your golf cart vehicle. Vehicles are not to be overloaded, e.g. do not allow more passengers than seating provided or carry more load than the rated capacity. Passengers may not ride in the cargo area.
- When hauling loads, check to see that nothing obstructs your view and loads are secured in place.
- The cart driver must report all accidents to his/her supervisor who will assist in completion and submittal of appropriate written reports per company policy.
- Refer to owner’s manual for your particular cart for additional safe operating information.
Park carts on hard, covered surfaces such as asphalt and concrete. Never park in heavily traveled pedestrian areas. Do not block fire lanes, entrances to buildings, stairways, disability ramps, main thoroughfares, or fire suppression equipment.
Vehicle Operating Standards
- Golf cart-type/utility vehicles will be operated in such a manner that they do not impede or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic flow on sidewalks, ramps or roadways.
- Vehicles shall not be operated in a manner that may endanger passengers, other members of the WORKSITE community, or property.
- The number of passengers and load capacity shall not exceed the manufacturer’s rated limit. Passengers must be in seats.
- Vehicles should stay at least 2 vehicle lengths when travelling behind pedestrians.
- Vehicles must not pass pedestrians unless eye contact is made with pedestrians and they acknowledge that you are going to drive by.
- Pedestrians have the right of way on all WORKSITE sidewalks at all times.
- Use of mobile devices i.e. cell phone, blackberry is prohibited while driving a golf cart-type/utility vehicle.
- If using a 2-way radio, acknowledge the call and pull over to a safe location to continue conversation.
- Golf cart-type/utility vehicle operators are not permitted to drive while wearing devices that impede hearing, e.g., stereo headphones, I-pods, earplugs, etc. If hearing protection is required while operating a vehicle, it must meet OH&S PPE requirements.
- If vehicle is equipped with seat-belts they must be worn by operator and passenger.
- Materials or equipment must be loaded and secured if necessary so they will not cause a hazard by shifting or falling off vehicle.
- Stunt driving and horseplay are prohibited.
Recommended Current Equipment:
The following equipment is required to be present and operational on all golf cart-type vehicles:
- Emergency brake.
- Horn or audible warning device.
- Ignition shutoff or security systems.
- Slow moving vehicle safety triangle on rear of vehicle.
- Warning lights on front and rear of vehicle or top mounted strobe light.
- First Aid Kit.
- Equipment tie downs.
- Lights (head, tail, brake) for all night use.
- Mirrors if cargo or other equipment blocks rear vision.
- Portable fire extinguisher if vehicle’s dry weight is over 800 pounds and width of vehicle is over 50 inches.
VEHICLE FUELING AND STORAGE:
All operators must receive specific fueling instructions when applicable and all vehicles must be charged and stored in company approved sites. Each of these sites will take into account machine specific hazards (e.g. flammability of fuel, off gassing of hydrogen from battery charging).