Equipment Hazards - May 24th, 2013
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The wind industry is filled with hazards and the purpose of this newsletter is to share useful information, refresher training and safe work practices to our subscribers so that we can raise the bar for safety throughout the industry.  This week's topic focuses on Equipment Hazards.

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Report Unsafe Equipment 

 

Your employer does its best to keep equipment in good condition, but maintenance personnel are only human and can't keep up with all the problems in the field. Some defects will go unnoticed in spite of every effort made.

 

Those of you who work with and around machines and equipment are in a good position to notice hazardous conditions. Get in the habit of reporting things that can lead to accidents so that corrections can be made before they result in costly accidents and/or employee injuries. Keep in mind that the person who sees a situation that should be fixed and fails to report it may well end up being the victim of his/her own neglect.

 

What to watch out for:

 

  • Loose or missing machine guards
  • Moving parts with too much play
  • Unlubricated machine
  • Missing nuts or bolts
  • Belts that are slipping
  • Loose or cracked shaft housings
  • Moving parts that can and should be guarded, but have never had attention
  • Continually sparking motors
  • Broken switches on a tool
  • Damaged extension cords
  • Missing face plates
  • Loose conduits
  • Loose conductors
  • Burned switches
  • Broken plugs and receptacles   

 

All workers should keep these ideas in mind. Do not hesitate to report a condition that may result in an accident or injury to yourself or one of your fellow employees. A pro-active, preventive approach should be encouraged, as safety is everyone's business. 

Gemini Energy Services is the premier independent service provider to the wind industry.  Safety is not just a philosophy at Gemini; it's our defining characteristic.  Whether Gemini technicians are driving to the project site or working on energized equipment in the hub, we strive for zero injuries.  Our proactive safety initiatives, which incorporate safety indoctrination, tailgate safety meetings, ongoing Personal Qualification Standards (PQS), a safety incentive program and completion of thorough Job Site Assessments, have resulted in an unblemished safety record.  We are confident that our colleagues in the wind industry share our commitment to safety and a zero-injury workplace.  

 

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