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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
Krausz designs and manufactures a
variety of repair couplings that are quick
2. Have the right repair
products on hand for
Always make sure that you have repair
products on hand for every situation.
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
Keeping Workers Safe During Night-Time Repairs
Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers
When Consolidation Makes cents
VRWA Offers New Member Benefits
Throwing My Loop: Another View
Do you know what your VRWA Benefits are?
Welcoming New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Fall 2015