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Disabling back up Alarms, Anyone do it?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JCurtis, Feb 20, 2003.

  1. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    Started hauling away from two sites last night. City mandated that we could only go to the specified dump area from 10:00 pm through 6:00 am

    So there we are working like crazy throughout the night, loading triaxles ( we made something like 130 trips between two sites)

    20 minutes ago ( 3:00 pm my boss gets a couple of complaints referred to him about the beeping all night keeping people awake.

    He wants me to disable all the backup alarms on 12 triaxles and 3 or 4 loaders.

    does anyone do this or know if its allowed legally?

    What if DOT or DMV just happens to have a safety check set up?
    I wonder if our neighbors will be willing to pay the fines.
  2. firemedic680

    firemedic680 Member
    from BG Ohio
    Messages: 49

    Im not sure about the DOT , but it maybe a OSHA violation if they are disconnected . Not sure , just something to think about .

  3. earnies2

    earnies2 Senior Member
    Messages: 136


  4. push4$$

    push4$$ Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I certainly wouldn't even think about disconecting the alarms.If you had an accident and the required saftey equipment was disconected,you ,the company, and the driver would be in trouble. I beleive about a year ago or so,on Cape Cod,a triaxle backed over a cop working a detail and killed him.The trucks back up alarm wasn't working,now the company and driver are in some BIG trouble. I think the driver was charged with manslaughter and other charges.Just something to think about.
  5. oakhill2000

    oakhill2000 Member
    Messages: 98

    I would go with the toggle switch as was said before. I have one on one of my trucks. It is a pick up that I use regularly so I put the switch in so I can shut it off when I am not hauling or plowing. It becomes a neusence when your just casually using the truck. So it is easy enough, I would just do that
  6. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    NO Now way, can't hapen, won't do it.

    It violates, OSHA and DOT laws. If your up, they can be up. If someone gets hurt, not only is the operator of the equipment screwed, but so is the owner. Yes i am sure the chances of someone getting hurt are slim, but do you want to lose everything over a back up alarm?

  7. General Grounds

    General Grounds Member
    Messages: 66

    :( i use my cat skid for residential snow, and i disconnect it esp if were plowing late at night
  8. digger242j

    digger242j Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    Ask your attorney how they'd feel about defending your *intentionally* disabling a safety system...