Servicing and Lubricating Underground Equipment

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  1. Position equipment for servicing
    • Fall of roof or rib
      • Park equipment with ample clearance from ribs. Examine roof and ribs and correct any hazardous condition.
    • Moving equipment
      • Park out of haul roads, away from other equipment. Stay clear of  equipment delivering oil and grease. After delivery, ensure delivery equipment is parked away from equipment being serviced, with power off and brake set.
  2. Check and fill hydraulic tank
    • Electricity
      • Keep equipment off of cables. Clear up any nearby cables so they won’t have to be walked on. Do not set service material on cables.
    • Hydraulic oil under pressure
      • Step back in clear after hook-up before starting pump to fill tank.
    • Pump shaft or coupling
      • Wait until pump stops and switch is off before putting hands around pump area.
    • Filler hose
      • Stay out of line of movement of filler hose when removing or storing in compartment.
  3. Block and secure equipment
    • Struck by equipment
      • Ensure equipment is properly blocked, secured, locked and tagged. Post warning sign in visible area of operator’s compartment while servicing  equipment. Set cutter and loader head firmly on bottom or, if in raised position, block it securely. Lock bit switch out. Keep main breaker off and allow no persons near controls.
  4. Grease equipment
    • Slip or trip
      • Keep equipment clean and free of grease or oil.
    • Grease under pressure
      • Examine grease hoses and repair defects. Do not allow grease to build too much pressure. Try to determine cause and replace fittings, etc.

KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.

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