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Pump You Up!

A work order for annual maintenance on the vacuum pump became due and a company had been arranged to come in to perform the work prior to the due date.  The employees reported on June 17th to perform the work.  They were escorted to the lab and shown the location of the equipment and then left to perform the work.  The pumps were located on a table by the wall, situated horizontally to the employee.  The front pump required maintenance.  The employee moved surrounding equipment/tables that he knew could be moved safety away to allow area to work.  He performed the maintenance on the pump and was returning it back with his non-dominate hand when he felt a pop in his elbow and felt severe pain.


Factors to consider at your site or on your project include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.    Vacuum pumps were rearranged to sit vertically to the employee instead of horizontally for easier access.

2.  If conditions aren’t safe for work, let employees know that work is to be stopped so that conditions can be made safe. 

3.  1.    Pre-plan the work with everyone involved to provide a safe work environment to accommodate the tasks that need to be performed.

Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities. 

Think about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.


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