Operation of All Brands of Hydraulic Torque Tools - July 12th, 2013

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Hydraulic Torque Tool Safety

 

HARD HAT * SAFETY GLOVES * GOGGLES * STEEL-TOE BOOTS

EAR PLUGS * NO LOOSE CLOTHING.  

 

IF FEASIBLE STAY DISTANT FROM TOOL UNDER PRESSURE    

OR HOLD HANDLE IN A SAFE POSITION!

 

UNLESS THERE IS CLEAR COMMUNICATION OTHERWISE - THE TOOL OPERATOR OPERATES PUMP!

Pressurize tool on the ground and cycle it several times at maximum pressure to check tool, hoses and pump for function and leaks. Replace hose and fix tool or pump in case of any leaks or functioning irregularities prior to use. Next survey tool, reaction arm, socket and backup wrench for cracks or any badly worn areas and replace as needed.

 

PLEASE STAY DISTANT FROM TOOL HOSES AND PUMP DURING SAFETY TESTS

 

TORQUE TOOL SETUP:

Assure tight screw-connectors (without gap). Set required pump pressure with tool connected. Firmly connect socket to drive. FOR TOOL SETUP Loosen screw connectors half a turn if pump operator is distant from job to avoid inadvertent startup while handling the tool. Retighten thereafter.

 

REACTION ARM SETTING:

The reaction arm of the tool should be placed in the same direction as the drive, whenever possible, so as to create pressure against the adjacent nut or the casing. Then test by placing tool on the nut, apply pressure to make sure reaction is firm and tool does not rise. If it does, reset the reaction arm.

 

TOOL HOLDING:

On vertical or inverted applications, hold the tool so that even if there is a failure of tool or socket that you are out of harm's way. Keep hands clear of the edge of the reaction arm. On horizontal applications, take hands-off when tool is in use! 

 

NEVER...

 

  • Never hold the tool on connectors or swivel during operation!
  • Never place the tool on job without partially disconnecting both hoses when pump operator is out of sight.
  • Never use leaking tools or hoses!
  • Never have your face close to the socket during operation!
  • Never place your hand on reaction arm or swivel when pump is operating!
  • Never place your hand on operating tool if not absolutely necessary!
  • Never use altered, heavily used, damaged or chrome sockets!

 

ALWAYS...

 

  • Always use caution and common sense.

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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