Submitted by Steve Winicker
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
The week was a busy one with some progress on the 765. Saturday Daniel and Tyler Kester along with Brody installed the arch brick in the engine finishing up another of the items on the to do list. Most of the rest of the time was spent on shop maintenance mostly gathering and hauling scrap material located here and there around the building and grounds. Most of the easy-to-get scrap has been gathered but there is still additional items to be gathered and possibly hauled off in the coming weeks.
The tank interior paint has finally arrived. Hopefully, this coming week we can get it applied to the interior areas of the tender still needing attention, particularly the areas we patched.
Ladders are a common tool used around the shop. Using them safely is an important safety measure that should be considered by all. Some safe ladder use items include:
- Ladders must be maintained free of oil, grease and other slipping hazards.
- Do not load ladders beyond their manufacturer’s rated capacity. Remember that the load on the ladder is the sum of the worker’s weight plus the weight of any load being carried by the worker.
- Do not carry objects or loads that could cause loss of balance and falling.
- Use at least one hand to grasp the ladder when climbing. Remember and always apply the ‘Three Point Rule’.
- Use ladders only for their designed purpose.
- Use ladders only on stable and level surfaces unless secured to prevent accidental movement.
- Do not use ladders on slippery surfaces unless secured or provided with slip-resistant feet to prevent accidental movement. Do not use slip resistant feet as a substitute for exercising care when placing, lashing, or holding a ladder upon slippery surfaces.
- Use a barricade to keep traffic or activity away from the ladder.
SAFETY IS JOB 1
SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS