Tri Tool Services prides themselves with rapid, reliable response to customers’ on-site machining requirements. In certain instances however, OSHA safety requirements for personnel that operate portable (rotating) machine tools differ in significant ways from site specific safety plans and can cause unnecessary delays or prevent work from proceeding.
Sometimes, well meaning, justified safety statutes do not “play nicely” with others. Job site safety programs can include regulations such as mandatory glove use and 100% “Tie Off” that require service workers to wear a safety harness when working on scaffolding over 4′ above ground. Both of these safety statutes have been implemented for increased worker safety, but are examples of specific regulations that are particularly hazardous to on-site machining.
Other (seemingly conflicting) OSHA regulations forbid the wearing of a safety harness when operating rotation equipment. When this type of operation is not typically done at a site, there may be no provision to waive the requipment, even if a safety observer witnesses the operation. In these cases, all parties involved must craft a resolution for work to proceed which can affect downtime considerably.
Customers who are utilizing Tri Tool Services for on-site contract operations should review their site safety policies to ensure that safety provisions permit rotational equipment usage to prevent work delays.