The devices are expensive and heavy to develop a program of preventive maintenance to last as much as possible. The maintenance department of this type of equipment must carry a checklist of preventive maintenance on every one of the teams to meet the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This checklist must have data scheduled, the dates that will carry out and documented to meet the federal guidelines.
- Date, time and inspector
Each checklist of preventive maintenance of heavy equipment must record the date on which the inspection was conducted, the time it took place and the name of the inspector who completed the checklist. The intention is not only to keep records, but also to allow the maintenance mechanic or the person who carried out the repair to answer questions later from the inspector about the bugs found during the inspection checklist.
- Sections of the checklist
Most checklists of preventative maintenance for heavy equipment are broken down into sections, and each lists the parts to be inspected. One of these lists has sections such as what should be inspected from the ground, which parts should be reviewed in the engine compartment and which must be inspected in the cabin. Many of these lists include a section on safety equipment, where the inspector can record the safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, lights and sound warning, security lights and turn signals and devices protection in general, cages and scrollbars.
- Breakdown section
Each section of a checklist of preventive maintenance of heavy equipment is broken down into categories. One will be a list of parts or test items. Another category will list what to look for when that element or part is inspected, and the last category should leave space for additional comments or problems encountered during the inspection.