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Safety Tips on Using Drilling Tools

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Man drilling a metal sheetAs if driving a nail through a wood with the use of a hammer is not hard enough, imagine drilling through a wall without the right tools. How can one possibly drill through a pure concrete slab without handheld drilling and power tools?

People in the past have done it in their own ways, but the presence of modern machines makes the job easier. But like other construction equipment, there are risks involved in using drilling tools.

Before your start drilling, here are some safety tips you should always observe to prevent mishaps:

Inspect

Always conduct a thorough inspection before using the tool. Check for signs of damage, breakage, loose wires, etc. Do not attempt to use tools that have seemingly minor damage, or try to do a quick fix and use it. Making sure your tools are in good condition is the first step to having a successful and safe working environment.

Wear Personal Protective Gear

Drilling through a concrete wall can have small and loose debris flying around as well as dust. Make sure you are properly protected. Wear goggles, masks, and gloves to keep yourself from inhaling dust, and loose debris from entering your eyes. Do not wear baggy clothes and always have your hair tied up (if you have long hair) to prevent it from getting stuck in the drill. 

 Use the Drill Properly

Make sure you know how to use the specific type of drill you have. Proper operation and handling are important to ensure the success of the job and to prevent accidents.

Emergency Response

Always have an emergency response plan. If you are working at home, make sure you have an accessible first aid kit should you sustain injuries while working.

Drilling is not rocket science, which is why many people know how to perform it. But the absence of proper training and skills can cause accidents. Always be on the safe side and take the right precautionary measures in any project to ensure safety.


Four Components For Inspecting Field Storage Tanks

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Tank Inspection

API standard 653 inspections are regularly done to ensure above ground tank longevity. They can be used as indicators of operational efficiency and safety. It also guarantees that tanks are following state regulatory requirements.

You should have your tanks checked by certified inspectors because they can help you get through the process completely in a professional and timely manner. API 653 storage tank inspections can make sure that your tanks are reliable, safe, and serve their purpose well.

Here are the four components of storage tanks that are subject for inspection.

Bottom, Shell, and Roof Components

First, it is essential to inspect the tank’s bottom, shell, and roof components. Different types of inspections to be performed include the use of tracer gas, vacuum box, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, and penetrating oil. These are used to inspect the overall structure of the tank components.

Radiography, ultrasonic scan and spot, magnetic flux scan, and visual inspections are also applied to check for corrosion and leaks. These monthly inspections should be logged for future reference. Tank owners or an in-house inspector performs these inspections.

Structure

The inspection of the structure of the tank follows the initial components. Check the maximum corrosion rate, minimum thickness required, and minimum thickness remaining of the tank’s bottom, shell, and roof. The original thickness and corrosion rate, as well as its current status should be listed down. Whatever the results of the initial examination are, frequent inspections of these components should be conducted.

Ground Settlement

Inspecting the ground settlement of a storage tank is also important. This determines whether a tank is settling on the ground properly or is already tilting in its position. Part of inspecting the settlement of a tank includes evaluation of its plane, dish type, and uniform. Its rigid body, localized dispersions, and edge settlement are also assessed.

General Components

API 653 tank inspection also includes evaluation of tank specifications, spill control, and release detection. Keep in mind that internal inspections are due every 10 years, while external inspections are done every 5 years. This is applicable for formal API inspections.

Ensure that your company’s storage tanks meet the requirements. Have professionals use the standard inspections so your manufacturing business will keep on running smoothly.