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Setting New Standards in Safety

Background The hydraulic torque wrench was invented in 1968 by a man named George Sturdevant, in the Oil and Gas capital of Texas. He was the leading innovator and has led the way to today’s technology for controlled bolt-loading. The Dangers   The most dangerous part of a hydraulic torque wrench is the reaction arm […]

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Hands Free Bolting

Control Hand Injuries

According to the Unites States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention there are 3.6 million work-related injuries treated annually with hands and fingers being the most common body parts. With more than 90% percent of all acute injuries in the workplace being a result of human error and not equipment failure, processes should be put […]

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HAVE BOLTING PRACTICES CHANGED?

Have Bolting Practices Changed?

The Nuts and Bolts The simplest components to maintain on equipment and machinery are the nuts and bolts. Through most of the industrial revolution, as machinery and the structures that housed them grew more complex, the technology of bolting has stayed the same. Over recent generations the physics that explain fastening devices for bolting have […]

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No-Hammer Approach

A ‘No-Hammer Approach’

Plant shutdowns are the most expensive and time consuming of maintenance projects due to the loss of production that is incurred and the expense of the major maintenance works. This negative impact can be overlooked by considering the positive features of shutdowns: Increase in equipment asset reliability Continued foreseeable production integrity Reduction in the risk […]

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5 Step Guide to Risk Assessment

Identify the hazards. Decide who can be harmed and what the cause of harm will be. Evaluate the risks and where required, decide on the appropriate safeguards. Record significant findings and implement. Review, assess and update where necessary. ¹ To control risks in the workplace the cause must first be identified. Anything that can cause […]

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Hydraulic Torque Tools: Avoid Injury

In most cases when mechanical technicians are using hydraulic torque systems they work in 2-man teams. The 1st Technician operates the hydraulic pump control switch, whilst the 2nd Technician positions the hydraulic tool on the job. In order to operate safely they need to have very clear lines of communication with each other. Unfortunately, due […]

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The Importance of Safety Cultures

The Chernobyl disaster back in 1986 highlighted the importance of safety cultures and the effect that managerial and human factors have on safety performance. The term ‘safety culture’ was first used in the ‘Summary Report on the Post-Accident Review Meeting on the Chernobyl Accident’ where safety culture was described as characteristics and attitudes within organisations that recognise and […]

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