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June is National Safety Month
Did you know that in 2017 over 5,000 fatal workplace injuries were recorded in the US? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s a 7% increase from 2015, and this is the the third consecutive annual increase. When it comes to workplace and equipment safety, Atlantic Lift Systems believes employers and employees in every industry play an important role in maintaining a safe working environment. In addition to wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work and on the job site, the heat of summer means taking extra precautions against the physical effects of sun and heat when working outdoors or in hot indoor environments. Staying hydrated, practicing work/rest cycles, and knowing and looking out for the symptoms of heat related illness can help keep you feeling fit. Keeping equipment clean and in good working order also requires added caution in the summer months. OSHA reports that as much as 20% of those work related accidents in the construction industry result from equipment malfunction, and overheating is the #1 cause of equipment malfunction. As we head into the summer months, the sweltering temperatures and longer workdays will increase wear and tear on all types of equipment, which can lead to overheating. Review the following tips and practice daily equipment inspections to keep your equipment running safely and efficiently.
DAILY MAINTENANCE TIPS:
Coolant and Oil- Engines get hot & thirsty in summer. check for proper coolant level, coolant/water ratio and correct oil levels. Radiators must run full, so top it up.
Staying Safe During Hot Weather Project, 5 June 2015, Whirlwind Team
Grease- Heat reduces the adhesive properties of grease, so use thicker grease. Belts and Hoses-Take a look! Loose belts or discolored hoses are the first sign of overheating.
Brakes- Check them. Our humid and steamy summers can cause loss of break friction because brake components cannot absorb the added heat.
Tires- Check tire pressure regularly. Hot weather weakens tires & can cause blowouts.
Hydraulic System & Air Filters- Walk around the equipment and check for leaks, excess oil and grease, leaks around seals and loose belts. Don’t forget to check out those air filters also.
Cooling System- Dust accumulates and causes clogs to inlets and outlets. The cooling system must be free of all dust and debris, so use compressed air daily to clean it.
Put Equipment Away- Store equipment in a dry shelter when possible. Sun and moisture speed up corrosion.
Finally, Use Equipment as Directed- and avoid overuse, especially on hot summer days! I t is important to remember that keeping our equipment in good working order keeps you safe too.
Staying Safe During Hot Weather Project, 5 June 2015, Whirlwind Team

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