1. This Code of Safe Practices covers the use of RTUVs, ATVs and Motorcycles for production support operations. Although there may be some exceptions in specific instances, in general, ATVs and motorcycles, should not be used for production support operations (i.e., off camera use).
2. The use of RTUVs, commonly known as “Gators,” “Mules,” etc., should be restricted to locations with rugged terrain. Standard utility vehicles, trucks and golf carts should be used whenever possible.
3. All operators must possess a valid driver’s license. No one under the age of eighteen (18) should operate a vehicle for production support operations at any time.
4. Safe operation of the vehicle is the responsibility of the operator.
5. The use of RTUV on highways or public roads is prohibited except on a public road that is dedicated to production use and closed to outside traffic. As RTUVs are designed for off-road use, any operation on paved surfaces must be at very slow speeds with no sudden stops or turns.
6. It is prohibited to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any substance that could potentially impair the operator.
7. All operators must read and understand the manufacturer’s operator manual and all safety decals prior to vehicle operation.
8. The operator must inspect the vehicle prior to operation to ensure it is in safe working condition and that all safety devices are in place and functioning properly.
9. Inexperienced operators should practice driving and using the vehicle controls before performing work activities.
10.Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as helmets, goggles, etc., may be necessary for operators and passengers in certain conditions (ex. eye and body protection in areas with heavy brush).
11. DOT-approved helmets are required for employees riding ATVs and motorcycles for production support operations.
12. Passengers are only permitted to ride in seats designed for that purpose with only one person per seat. Riding on any other part of the vehicle is prohibited.
13. Seat belts must be worn by the operator and passenger(s) during RTUV operation. Passengers should use the hand holds for greater stability.
14. Operators must be seated in the driver’s seat with the parking brake locked prior to starting the vehicle.
15. Vehicle is production support operations must be driven slowly and turns should be smooth. Horseplay, reckless driving, and / or recreational driving is prohibited.
16. Pedestrians must be given the right-of-way at all times.
17. Loads in the cargo box must not be stacked higher than the seat back and potentially unstable loads must be properly secured.
18. Transporting material that is too large or exceeds the rated capacity of the vehicle is prohibited.
19. It is prohibited to operate an RTUV or ATV with the cargo box raised.
20. If an RTUV is used to tow a trailer, cart, or another vehicle, no passengers are permitted in the towed vehicle.
21. To provide adequate braking ability and traction, towing should not be performed unless the RTUV’s cargo box is fully loaded.
22. Operators and passengers must keep both feet inside the RTUV during operation. All personnel must keep hands, feet, clothing, jewelry, long hair, etc. away from any of the RTUV’s moving parts.
23. The operator must ensure the engine and tailpipe be kept clear of combustible or flammable debris.
24. Caution must be exercised when driving vehicles through water as both engine operation and traction can be impacted. Depths in excess of 6 inches are considered “deep water.”
25. Caution and reduced speed must be employed when making turns and driving on slopes or rough ground. This is especially important when driving downhill as RTUVs can “freewheel” going down a slope.
26. Once the vehicle is stopped, the operator must set the parking brake, turn off the engine and remove the key.
27. The fuel cap must not be removed and no fuel should be added while the engine is running or hot. The engine must be shut off and allowed to adequately cool before refueling.
28. Only qualified personnel should perform maintenance on vehicles.
29. During all maintenance activities on vehicles, employees must ensure that the parking brake is engaged, power sources are disconnected, and that any parts of the vehicle that are raised are properly secured. Appropriate protective equipment such as eyewear, gloves, etc., must be worn while performing maintenance activities.
30. Modifications or alterations to the vehicle not specifically authorized by the manufacturer in writing are prohibited.
31. Pay particular attention when riding an RTUV in basecamp and crew parking areas where obstacles including lift gates, stairs, equipment carts, pedestrians, vehicles, etc., are typically present.
32. Do not use a mobile phone or text / email when operating an RTUV, ATV or motorcycle.