Safety & Railroad Maintenance Equipment
Category: Product Support
Vancer runs on safety. The company contributes products with the intention of not only keeping rail lines safe and operational, but to ensure the safety of the operators and crew members during maintenance projects. Vancer keeps safety and proper handling at the forefront of its efforts to create and improve products.
Heavy equipment is part of nearly every construction project, which means accidents can be on the verge of happening at any moment without any forewarning. Knowing the proper handling of Vancer maintenance of way equipment is essential to keeping everyone and everything out of harm’s way.
At Vancer, making sure our products are operational is only half of the focus. In the past couple years, railroad companies are spending more than ever before. With this investment, railroads can assure high-end safety. Vancer offers a variety of safety components through their products, Hi-rail equipment and many of their attachments. The CTB41B Hi-Rail Excavator is a popular machine in the railroad industry. Vancer designed machines to carefully under-cut, trench, tie insert, tamp, brush cut, move railcars and more. The machine has custom engineered safety features, which includes safe and accessible access as well as serviceability to machine components. Attachments are specifically made for the railroad, and can be added to any heavy equipment. One of the attachments, the tie inserter, contains protective pads for an easy clutch and inserting capabilities to avoid dangerous work in the field. With the many more items they carry Vancer takes pride including safety features in each of their products.
Safety for the Operating Crew
While Vancer equipment features many safety measures in their equipment, workers operating the machinery should know the safety guidelines before use. With operator safety, workers need to know the following:
Workers should be trained on the procedures of each equipment before use. Through classes and also hands-on training, workers can learn proper placement, start of procedures, and a clear perspective of lifting loads and load capacity. Field technicians can also go out to the worksites and educate workers on the proper handling of all machinery.
The Workers Surroundings
Any worker operating heavy equipment should be mindful of their surroundings. This includes overhead power lines being deenergized, identifying and marking the areas where needed in case of any damages.
Check Equipment Before Use
All workers are advised to check fluid levels on all maintenance of way machinery often, such as engine oil and hydraulic fluid and oil levels before turning it on. Tires, tracks, or any noticeable cracks and damages should be looked over by workers before stepping into the heavy equipment. As soon as laborer starts the machine, lights, horns, backup alarms need to be working properly. An operator should never work in heavy equipment that appears to be broken and to be careful and mindful of details as they perform pre-operational inspections.