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Keeping Workers safe During Night-Time Repairs BY DOUG RISEDEN, TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER, KRAUSZ USA on pipe repairs is always more difficult than during the day. Workers are usually tired, having already worked a full day, and visibility is greatly reduced due to shadows, darkness and poor lighting at the work site. Throw in drivers who are also tired and perhaps driving faster than usual due to reduced traffic, and you have the makings of a high-risk situation. Your employees are your most valuable asset, so every precaution should be taken to make sure they come home safely every day. Here are six things to ensure your night time workers are safe, and get the job done effectively. Working aT nighT 1. Move carefully and deliberately on the work site Many times, workers will want to get the job done quickly and skip some steps. This is understandable but it's important to remind them to slow down, and work more cautiously than they do during the day. Even if they are very familiar with performing certain repairs, dark areas and shadows can hinder their perception of risk. Planning and communication become crucial during night time operations. Before the job starts, supervisors should have a brief meeting to ensure all team members understand what will take place at the work site, what their role is, and where they will be located throughout the night. Plan your work and work your plan! Make sure everything is done with a focus on safety. This includes wearing reflective clothing in accordance with the law, and using a trench box or shoring to ensure that the trench doesn't collapse while workers are inside. There are many who never use a trench box because it gets in the way of some repairs. At night, the use of trench boxes and shoring is even more critical. Make trench boxes a normal part of every excavation, and never put speed ahead of safety. Your employees are your most valuable asset, so every precaution should be taken to make sure they come home safely every day. There is nothing worse than not having the right parts during an emergency repair. Poor planning results in the job taking longer to complete, delays in returning water service to normal and disgruntled customers. Krausz designs and manufactures a variety of repair couplings that are quick 2. Have the right repair products on hand for every possibility Always make sure that you have repair products on hand for every situation. 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2015

From the President: What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?
From the Executive Director: The Value of Membership
VRWA’s 2015 Expo Wrap Up
Membership is Free, but its Value to your Utility may be Priceless!!
How to Prepare for a Lab Audit
Tomorrow’s Leaders: Attracting Young Professionals
Amherst Source Water Protection
USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Comparative Advantage
Keeping Workers Safe During Night-Time Repairs
Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers
When Consolidation Makes cents
NRWA Recap
VRWA Offers New Member Benefits
Throwing My Loop: Another View
Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do you know what your VRWA Benefits are?
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Fall 2015