Submitted by Steve Winicker.
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
Friday, I spent the day chasing material and John and Bob spent the day chasing Raccoons and pits on the blow down valve seats. A good time was had by all other than the Raccoons. Also, met with the paint folks regarding recommendations for painting the locomotive. Saturday, we worked on finishing up a few items on the UT, needle guns were active on the boiler shell and some box car storage was moved out into the shop. Washout plugs were installed and tightened. Sunday more removal of paint and rust plus the back head was tested for thickness and passes with flying colors.
We have a hydrostatic test scheduled for Monday, February 12th anyone who can hammer on staybolts is invited for a tapping good time. In the mean time we continue to work on removing paint and rust from the boiler shell as well as prepping for the hydrostatic test. Much work remains to be done,
Most injuries associated with snow blowers involve injuries to the hand or finger, including amputation. Often the operator tried to clear a clogged auger or discharge chute with their hands.
No matter what kind of snow blower you’re using, here are a few basic steps to follow to help keep you and others from being injured.
- Turn off the engine on a gas machine or unplug the motor on an electric model before clearing a clog at the auger or discharge chute. Then use the clearing tool or stick, NEVER hands or feet, to remove the clog.
- Always assume that when the engine is running, the auger is spinning.
- Protect yourself from carbon-monoxide poisoning by starting and running gasoline-powered snow blowers outside while warming up the engine. Never run the blower in the garage or shed during warmup.
- Don’t wear loose pants, jackets, or scarves, which can get tangled in a snow blower’s moving parts.
- Wear sturdy footwear with good traction.
- Exercise caution when operating on slopes or graded areas.
- Wear ear plugs or other hearing protection as necessary.
- Wear eye protection as objects, such as stones and other driveway debris can fly and/or ricochet.
- Thoroughly mix fuel to the proper gas/oil ratio for two cycle engines. Immediately cleanup any spilled fuel. Do not mix the fuel near and ignition source or open flame.
- Add fuel to the machine only when the engine is off and cooled.
- Use an approved fuel container to store the gasoline.
- For electric models, use an outdoor extension cord and an outlet with ground-fault-circuit-interrupting protection. Then be sure to keep the cord safely away from the spinning auger while working.
- Never direct the discharge chute toward people or areas where damage can occur. The blower can discharge hard objects much further than it can discharge snow.
Following these tips will help keep you safe. Clearing clogs is the number one cause of snow-blower-related injuries. Take special care when clearing clogs by ALWAYS making sure the machine is off and NEVER use your hands or feet to clear a clog. Use a clearing tool or stick instead.