When it comes to accidents at work, any number are the fault of incorrectly used or faulty machines. The fallout of events such as a construction site accident tends to be severe given the size, power, and nature of the machines involved.
One such machine is an air compressor. These devices convert the power of an electric motor or diesel/petrol engine into kinetic energy, which can be released on command in the form of pressurised air. They are typically used to power pneumatic tools such as jackhammers or filling tyres.
Given their use, it’s easy to see why they are so valuable in certain working environments such as building sites and roadworks.
There are five key steps to follow to avoid injuries from an air compressor accident.
- The first port of call is to check the oil level of the compressor to ensure it is sufficiently lubricated. This will enable the compressor to run efficiently and smoothly throughout the task.
- The next step is to plug the unit in (if electrically powered) turn it on at the pressure switch and close the drain valve on the tank.
- The third step is an important one as it involves setting and adjusting the pressure. This should be done according to the job at hand and should never ever exceed the recommended pressure for the tool or job. To do so would be simply asking for a serious work accident to occur.
- Once the task is complete, it’s time to shut off the motor, turn off the plug and switch off the regulator valve. Next you need to bleed the air out of the hose before opening the regulator to bleed the air in the tank.
- The final step, having stored the hose, is to open the drain cock. This will enable the release of any moisture that may have accumulated during use. The drain should be left open until the next time the compressor is used.
The potential for work accidents and injuries with an air compressor are relatively small, providing they are used properly. All staff involved in their use should have sufficient training and confidence to do so.
If you suffer injuries at work, then Accident Advice Helpline can help you get back on track by taking on your claim for work accident compensation. With over 13 years’ experience they are usually able to settle out of court.
To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims