Fire Extinguisher

A.J. Balderrama, Hard Rock Miner


Fire Extinguishers are a huge part of our safety on our day to day operations. Almost everyone who has worked underground knows that Fire Extinguishers ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก.

So there are a couple facts that people don't know or haven't been taught the right way to inspect or how not to get violations from MSHA.:

1. A major one is the monthly punch tag on mobile equipment. I always rip them off when they are put on my equipment.

2.ย  Do a pre-op on your equipment inspection so there is no need for a monthly tag on your equipment. This only gives MSHA a chance to site you for a punch tag!!!

Only stationary stations i.e. Fuel Bay's, M.P.C's, Refuge Chambers or any place that can cause a fire. Recently i've discovered that people don'tย know about the inspection certification tag on them.

3. It's simple, think of it like your car, It is good for only 12 months once it is certified by the company that inspects them. Sometimes they punch the 6 month mark, so you need to pay attention to that part of the sticker. Also if the inspector doesn't sign it then it's out of compliance.

4. If the sticker is not legible then it needs to be pulled out of service and replaced immediately.

5. Everyone should already know the basic inspections:
Check for any damages, the charge is within the green and the safety pin is secured.

6. Physically pickup the extinguisher and tip it up and down since the powder can pack to the bottom especially on mobileย equipment due to all of the vibration.

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐๐จ๐ฎ๐›๐ญ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ. ๐Š๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ญ!!!

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