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Service center hazards: Training, preparation and best practices to avoid risks, danger, accidents

Publication date: 
October 2009
Kent Henry, former EASA Technical Support Specialist
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To repair electrical apparatus, obviously we need to use certain specialized machinery. These machines have some common safety hazards as well as unique potential dangers. This article will review a few of the more common machines and their safety risks with examples of how to address them. The main objective is to get everyone to stop, take a step back, and find ways to address potential safety issues.

If questioned, most experienced machine operators could quickly point out the dangers of a certain machine he or she uses. For some hazards, safety devices are not available. The only protection is knowing the danger points and training your staff to stay clear of dangerous areas.