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General Orientation

Rev. November 10, 2020

Driver Protection

The purpose of this Policy is to ensure the safety of the individuals who operate motorized equipment.  Equipment accidents are costly to our company, but more importantly, they may result in injury to you or others. It is the driver's responsibility to operate the equipment in a safe manner and to drive defensively to prevent injuries and property damage.  As such, Caron Equipment Inc. endorses all applicable motor vehicle regulations relating to driver responsibility.  The Company expects each driver to drive in a safe and courteous manner pursuant to the following. The attitude you take when behind the wheel is the single most important factor in driving safely.

Driver Protection Policy

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No driver shall operate equipment when his/her ability to do so safely has been impaired by illness, fatigue, injury, medication and controlled substances. (ref. Caron Drug and Alcohol Policy H.S.M 21.02)

All provincial laws, municipal laws and project policies and procedures must be followed at all times.

Seatbelts must be worn at all times



Drivers must report all infractions and government inspections immediately.

Report any mechanical problems, tag out the vehicle/equipment and notify your supervisor immediately.

All drivers must notify human resources if the following occurs:

Any infractions, road violations or convictions, including in your personal vehicles. 

Unreported offences found during abstract searches may result in disciplinary action.

Any reportable infractions or accidents made with a company vehicle.

Any suspensions.


Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration

All drivers operating a vehicle registered under CVOR shall;

  • be in compliance with the hours of work legislation

  • complete a daily Trip Inspection for every vehicle you drive that day

  • submit your daily Trip Inspection to the office every week

  • submit your daily log book sheets to the office every week

  • be responsible for load security, legal weights, all required documentation and permits

  • have a current copy of the Ministry of Transportation’s Schedule 1 in the cab at all times.


Inspections and maintenance

Proper maintenance is a basic element of any safety program, not only to ensure safety but also to avoid costly repair expenses and unexpected breakdowns.

  • inspections are the responsibility of the assigned driver

  • fire extinguishers shall be removed from their holsters and visually inspected and marked by the assigned operator on a monthly basis

  • first-Aid kits shall be inspected and documented on a quarterly basis

  • spill kits shall be available and inspected on a quarterly basis

  • drivers of motorized equipment are required to complete daily inspections prior to usage, documenting and notifying the company of deficiencies found

  • heavy Equipment operators shall use their operator’s daily inspection book

  • c.v.o.r vehicle drivers shall use their MTO approved inspection book

  • passenger vehicle drivers shall use the inspection portion located on the back of their time sheets

  • the vehicle should be cleaned (interior & exterior) regularly to help maintain its good appearance for you and Caron Equipment Inc.

  • the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedule should be referenced and closely followed based on recommended maintenance intervals


Public Roads

No Heavy Equipment is permitted on public roads without approval from a supervisor and the road authority.



All vehicles must back up to park at all times, regardless of their location.


Passenger Vehicles

Passenger vehicles are a means of travel to destinations of company business and a work-related tool

  • make sure that you are on the company insured driver’s list prior to operating a vehicle

  • drivers of passenger vehicles shall yield the right of way to heavy equipment on-site

  • prior to sharing a roadway with heavy equipment, drivers of passenger vehicles must establish clear communication with any heavy equipment using any portion of the vehicles established path of travel

  • drivers of passenger vehicles will wait for communication acknowledgement from heavy equipment operators prior to sharing any path of travel

  • avoid backing up where possible, but when necessary, keep the distance traveled to a minimum and be particularly mindful of your surroundings

  • all drivers and passengers operating or riding in company vehicles must wear seat belts, even if air bags are available

  • no unauthorized persons are allowed to ride in company vehicle

  • always follow posted speeding limits

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