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nitrogen and water. I also learned
that, while diesel fuel is actually
safer because its vapor won't explode/ignite as easily as gasoline,
accidentally putting DEF into
your diesel fuel tank can result in
lines bursting and probably a new
Lesson: Safety should be the
highest priority. Why insufficient safety
instructions? This is major damage that
can be avoided. It happens quite frequently, based on the number of "how do I fi x
this" questions on the web.
Event 5: There were lots of visual
controls, but I didn't know what they all
meant. Since there was no manual, a simple sheet taped on the window behind the
seat would have taken care of it.
Don't assume you
understand what it
takes to perform a
job unless you've
lived it yourself.
Looking to refocus or revitalize
your maintenance program?
Looking to prepare for ISO 55001 certification?
Does your program currently:
P Lack confidence in its
P Lack the time to
P Lack strategic direction?
P Lack effective communication?
P Lack succession planning?
P Lack effective work planning
complete all work?
Lesson: Simple job aids can be
a big help for new employees and
improve uptime and reduce human
error when infrequently repaired
equipment is involved.
Event 6: I was disappointed that
the windshield-wiper fluid was empty and the interior was dirty.
Lesson: First impressions set the
tone for what is expected of others.
Event 7: It took a day of driving to get
comfortable performing basic functions
such as using only side mirrors, judging
the turn radius, and backing up. Also, I
learned that people do not drive safely
when they are around big trucks.
Lesson: Don't assume you understand
what it takes to perform a job unless
you've lived it yourself. At least do a DayIn-Life-Of (DILO) walk and talk with the
experts to understand.
Event 8: When we arrived (after specifying the date in advance) at the second
storage unit, the facility was having new
asphalt applied. Insert angry emoji here.
Lesson: Plan and schedule work only if
all participants follow the same plan.
We figured everything out eventually. I
gained a new respect for truck drivers and
was grateful for all of the R&M training I
had received. The real lesson is to practice
and apply that training in all you do. EP
If you answered YES to any of the above,
call Ken Bannister at ENGTECH
ENGTECH Industries Inc-
successfully implementing usable asset management
programs for over 27 years-at (519) 469-9173
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
and let's talk maintenance!
Based in Knoxville, Klaus M. Blache
is director of the Reliability &
Maintainability Center at the Univ. of
Tennessee, and a research professor in
the College of Engineering. Contact him
Helping People manage People who Manage Assets!