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Pipeline Safety Tips by Maxpro
There’s a good chance that if you’re working in the pipeline industry, you’ve heard of Maxpro Corporation. They are a leading industrial distributor of torque equipment and calibration services and they have a short but specific list of tips that they encourage their customers to keep in mind when on a job site.
1. Check before you dig
Before performing any excavations, be sure to verify that you’ve marked any underground utilities. Make sure you’ve conducted a thorough, competent inspection of the trench for proper benching or sloping, and make sure protective systems are in place.
2. Check your walking surfaces
Take care to avoid slips and trips. Make sure walkways are clear of tools and debris, and clean spills as soon as they happen.
3. Understand your machinery
Have all equipment operators read and understand the operation/maintenance manuals of all the machinery on your job site. Anyone who steps into a machine should have a clear understanding of the controls and proper operating procedures.
4. Make sure tools are in working order
When using torque wrenches for industrial construction, it’s important to have them inspected before every use. Torque wrenches – and all other tools —should be checked for cracks, leaks and excessive wear.
5. Follow safe material handling practices
Proper load handling while handling pipes and other heavy loads will ensure everyone’s safety. Stick to the manufacturer’s load requirements, and do not load equipment beyond its capacity.
6. Conduct a job safety analysis
Before each shift begins, identify each of that day’s tasks. Take note of any possible hazards and the steps you’ll need to take to avoid them.