Submitted by Steve Winicker.
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
Last week I was able to get the drawbars cleaned and tested. All appeared to be in order. Saturday, Al Rayner, Brody Brown and myself were able to reinstall them in the engine. Dave Green came out and looked over the plug needed for the low water alarm and the new fittings for the lubricators.
This week I hope to have the engine and tender reconnected. Possibly the trailing truck lubricators reconnected. I also intend to investigate the leak on the hot water pump steam supply line. If, as it appears, the problem is a defective union “T” in the supply line we might have that issue addressed.
There are rules for the safe use of all ladders:
- 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.
- Keep areas clear around the top and bottom of ladders. o not move, shift or extend ladders while in use.
- Use ladders equipped with non-conductive side rails if the worker or the ladder could contact exposed energized electrical equipment.
- Face the ladder when moving up or down.
Although ladders are part of our everyday life at both work and home, it’s important we don’t take them for granted. Ensure you inspect and utilize ladders appropriately.