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The following safety module is intended to be used as a refresher safety awareness session and is in no way to be used as a substitute for job training or proper equipment use.
Maintenance shops are a critical part of any agricultural operation. The professionalism of everyone working in a shop is of great importance, as well as the quality of the work to be performed. The shop is a busy place...there's always something to do. Part of the job is safety, safety for the people working in the shop area, as well as for visitors to the shop and the people who operate the equipment.
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RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY
Only you can prevent injuries. If you think about safety on every job you perform, it's difficult to create a situation that will cause an injury. (See Figure 1.) Avoid taking short-cuts and violating safety rules and practices. Pay attention to the job you are doing.
DON'T USE DEFECTIVE TOOLS
Hand tools, such as socket wrenches, can become worn after they've been used for a long period of time. When you notice a socket with worn edges, it's time to replace it. (See Figure 2.) Screwdrivers, crescent wrenches, pliers, hammers: all of these and other tools need to be maintained in a serviceable condition. Equipment, such as hydraulic jacks, air wrenches, and grinders also must be properly serviced. Electrical equipment is of particular importance in the shop because there is the risk of electrical shock if the equipment is in poor condition. Also, inspect the air compressor on a regular basis to be sure its belts, pulleys and guards are in good condition.
LOCKOUT/TAG-OUT ANY DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT
If you find a piece of equipment that needs repair, notify your supervisor and follow your employer's lockout/tag-out procedures. (See Figure 3.) Lockout/tag-out simply means that all hazardous energy sources to the tool or machine, such as gas, electricity or hydraulic systems, must be locked in the off position before any maintenance is performed. The lock and key used for a lockout procedure should never be used for any other purpose.
Use the lockout procedure whenever possible; only use the tag-out method when a lockout method is unavailable. A tag-out procedure means using special tags that warn others of the danger of starting up the equipment. A tag should have a printed warning of what could happen if the power is turned on, and it must be tough enough to prevent it from being removed accidentally. Remember, tags do not prevent the equipment from being started up; they are only warnings. So, if you use a tag system it is recommended that you exercise extra caution.PROTECT YOUR EYES AND FACE
If you work on vehicle brakes, for example, find out about the hazards of asbestos fibers and what precautions and protective equipment are recommended to be used to prevent breathing asbestos fibers.PRACTICE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
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