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Preparing for Start-Up

The movement of equipment into the shop takes team work to make a safe move.

February 2014, Dan Herbster, Safety Manager –

As winter moves towards spring, the race is on to get all of the equipment ready for start-up in April.   As a sign of progress, the equipment moves from one side of the yard to the other. The equipment arrives from the woods and is stored in the yard close to the wash bay. Once gone through, it is stored in the yard near the shop.

Protective guards and plates are removed from the machine before washing and inspection.  A list of repair items is made and parts are ordered then the machine is moved to the shop for repair.

After the repairs are made the equipment is tested and the guards are reinstalled. Then the equipment is moved to the lower yard to be stored until start-up.

Merle is fixing a tire from a 950 loader.

Merle is fixing a tire from a 950 loader.

The movement of equipment into the shop takes team work to make it safely.

Some of the repairs are more complicated than one would suspect. For example, a simple water pump change on an 2007 Cat engine requires several parts to be removed in the process.

And some of the job are just larger than others, as is this tire repair for the 950 loader. This loader also needed its brake pads replaced.

Overall the shop team is confident that all of the equipment will be ready for start-up, as it is every year.

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