THE SHOP INSPECTOR
Preventive maintenance (PM) and the safety
inspection of a vehicle go hand in hand. Besides keeping
a vehicle in good operating condition, preventive
maintenance ensures that a vehicle is safe to operate.
The proper inspection of the devices or parts of a vehicle
that make for safe operation can be done at scheduled
preventive maintenance times.
As a CM-1, you maybe assigned the job of vehicle
inspector. Besides making scheduled CESE inspections,
you should be looking for inoperative devices that make
a vehicle unsafe, and for damage that may have been
caused by improper or dangerous operating procedures.
You will need to be familiar with instructions and
regulations pertaining to safety as well as regular
scheduled maintenance inspections. Using the
COMCBPAC/COMCBLANTINST 5100 (series),
NAVFAC P-300, Management of Transportation
Equipment Manual and chapter 19 of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Safety and Health Requirements
Manual, 385-1-1, will provide you with guidance in
vehicle safety and reliability inspections. Be sure the
mechanics working under your supervision are aware of
these instructions and the proper procedures of making
a thorough vehicle inspection. The job of vehicle
inspector should not be assigned to an inexperienced
CUTTING SAFETY SHORT MAY CUT
SOMEONES LIFE SHORT.
THE VEHICLE INSPECTOR
The vehicle inspector is assigned to a maintenance
shop in either a public works department, a battalion, or
a special operating unit to assist the transportation shops
supervisor (public works) or maintenance supervisor
(battalion) in inspecting the equipment to be serviced.
The inspector should be a senior mechanic, proficient in
his rating, and capable of readily determining the nature
of necessary repairs. He should be able to exercise
independent judgment as to whether the equipment
requires immediate attention or can be delayed until the
next regular scheduled preventive maintenance
inspection. The scheduled preventive maintenance
system is designed to ensure optimum life out of the
equipment of a unit or station. Figure 9-1 defines the
level of inspection and the intervals required for each of
Figure 9-1.-Preventive maintenance interval schedule.