LOADING AND UNLOA DING ABLE PAYLOAD WITH MINE CLEARING BLADE ATTACHED (CONT)
Two ground guides (spotters) are required for loading operations. The payload
operator must know the position of spotters at all times or serious injury or death
to personnel may occur.
Do not allow ground guide (spotter) to be directly behind payload as payload is
backed onto semitrailer platform. Payload exhaust is extremely hot and may cause
serious injury to personnel.
(31) Position two spotters as follows:
(a) Position first spotter in front of payload facing forward. Spotter must be in constant visual contact with
payload operator and second spotter.
(b) Position second spotter near curbside rear of payload to observe alinement of payload tracks with
semitrailer ramps/curb guides. Spotter must be in constant visual contact with first spotter located at
front of payload facing payload operator.
Ensure that all chains on platform are inboard of the curb guides and are clear of
the payload tracks or damage to equipment may occur.
(32) Start and warm payload. Ensure that mine clearing blade tines are raised and locked in the travel position
and dog-bone is resting on skids per TM 9-2590-509-10.
(33) Aline payload to semitrailer prior to loading (center of payload to center of semitrailer).
Personnel other than winch operator and ground guide (spotter) must stand well
clear of the vehicles, especially behind the payload (engine/turbine exhaust) during
loading operations. No personnel should be on the semitrailer platform while the
payload is moving at any time during any loading operations. The payload
operator must back the payload slowly up the loading ramps and onto the platform
or serious injury or death to personnel and damage to equipment may occur.
Payload adjustments, side to side (turning), must be kept to a minimum or serious
injury to personnel and damage to equipment may occur.
Mine clearing blade tines will contact ground as payload is backed onto ramps.
Personnel must remain well clear and backing must be performed slowly to
prevent serious injury to personnel and damage to equipment.