Snow Blower Safety Training for single and two stage snow throwers.
Text of Snow Blower Safety 2009
1. By Owen Ahearn
2. Important Message! Please read the instruction manual and safety precautions before attempting to start your snow blower. Your first priority is to read the manual and understand how to work the snow blower effectively.
3. Types Of Snow Blowers There are two basic types of snow blowers: Single-Stage and Two-Stage. The Single-Stage snow blower spins the auger at a high speed to cut and then throw the snow. The Two-Stage snow blower uses an additional auger for throwing snow safely out of the path.
4. Although two-stage blowers are usually better enclosed, the augers on both machines can and will injure your fingers and hands. All exposed belts, drive-trains and gears will cause injuries.
5. Common Sense To avoid a back injury, ask for help if you must lift the snow blower to and from its storage place. Either before or during snow blower operation do not consume any alcoholic beverages or medicine that may interfere with the safe operation.
6. Before Operating the Snow Blower Wear the appropriate recommended Personnel Protective Equipment: weather proof gloves; protective goggles; non-skid winter boots and weatherproof gear.
7. Properly inspect the areas in which you are going to clear snow. Remove all debris and any obstacles the snow blower might catch and throw, as they might cause personal injury or physical damage to the snow blower.
8. If you hit anything while operating the snow blower, stop the engine immediately, and then check for equipment damage. Damaged equipment may increase the possibility of personal injury during operation. Inspect the snow blower every time before starting it. All damages must be repaired before operating the snow blower. Contact your Foreman for assistance.
9. Operating The Snow Blower Know how to stop the snow blower quickly and understand the operations of all controls. Keep people away from the area of operation to avoid injury from flying debris and contact with the snow blower. Never permit anyone to operate the snow blower without proper instruction and training.
10. If people suddenly appear in front of the snow blower while it is in operation, immediately release the auger and drive clutch levers. This action will stop the snow blower and avoid possible injury from rotating auger blades. Never use your snow blower to clear snow from a gravel driveway or road, as rocks may be picked up and thrown. Ejected rocks may cause serious personal injury to bystanders and their property. If you damage personal property contact your Foreman immediately.
11. Keep the snow away from you when operating the snow blower. Regularly adjust the discharge chute to avoid hitting bystanders, vehicles, and windows. Keep hands and fingers clear of the snow discharge chute while the engine is running. Do not use the snow blower when visibility is poor. Wait until weather conditions improve. Under conditions of poor visibility, there is a greater risk of striking an obstacle or causing injury.
12. The snow blower may overturn on steep inclines when not used properly causing injury to the operator or bystanders. To avoid overturning, be careful when changing the direction of the snow blower while operating it on a hill.
13. When the snow discharge chute becomes clogged, stop the engine and use a wooden stick or plastic shovel to unclog it. NEVER EVER put your hand into the snow discharge chute while the engine is running; you can seriously injure yourself.
14. Never overfill the fuel tank. Make sure the filler cap is closed securely after refueling. Always refuel in a well-ventilated area with the snow blower engine stopped. Never run the snow blower engine in an enclosed or confined area for any length of time. Exhaust fumes contain poisonous carbon monoxide gas. Prolonged Exposure can cause loss of consciousness that may lead to death.
15. Be careful to never touch the muffler while it is hot. The muffler becomes very hot during snow removal operation and remains hot for a long while after stopping the engine. Always let the engine cool before storing the snow blower indoors.
16. Final Review While operating the snow blower, hold the handle firmly and walk. Never run. Always maintain our equipment in good working order. Never remove factory guards and shields. Stay alert. Report all incidents or accidents immediately.