It’s important that everyone working close to heavy equipment keep their safety and the safety of those around them a priority so everyone goes home at night safe and sound. Geoprobe Systems® doesn’t take safety lightly.
Safety is a chief consideration in the design and testing of all Geoprobe® direct push machines. While deliberate measures have been taken to remove the possibility of operator injury, our goal is that everyone exercise care whenever working with our machines.
When you’re preparing to leave for a job in the morning, you make sure your equipment is stocked with the right tooling, such as the correct sized liners and samplers. It’s also important that field personnel are equipped to safely work through the day using standard safety gear, such as steel-toed boots and head, ear, and eye protection, in addition to protective clothing and/or breathing apparatus when conditions warrant.
Before starting your Geoprobe® machine, be aware of your surroundings. Check specifically for underground utilities before pushing tools in the ground.
During the machine training process, Geoprobe Systems® stresses three important safety precautions prior to starting up the machine:
Individual graphics contain the signal words DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION as illustrated above. Usage of these terms is to be consistent with the American National Standard Institute’s ANSI Z535.4 - 2007 American National Standard for Product Safety Signs and Labels.
The signal word selected for each graphic is determined by the seriousness level of the identified possible hazard. Beginning with the greatest severity, DANGER is followed in order of declining severity by WARNING and CAUTION. More information regarding the specific threat level of each signal word is given in the example graphics shown above right.
Every Geoprobe® machine sold is accompanied by an Owner’s Manual which includes an entire section on safety. Although owner’s manuals are looked upon as a pain (no matter what piece of equipment they accompany!), that’s where you and your staff will find the basic safe operating principles of Geoprobe® machines.
Why is it important to check underground utilities?
This meltdown could have been a serious tragedy for the probe machine operator. A main power line was missed during the underground utility investigations, but wasn’t missed by this Macro-Core® sampler! The cable was encountered about 5 feet below the surface, and luckily, no one was injured. The actual size of the power line was unknown, but the line was being fed from one plant building to another, and was fed from a distribution panel to a 2000 amp, 3-phase, sub-panel. The arching did not trip a breaker ... it just arched/melted the sampler.
Be safe at your job. Accidents happen, but don’t overlook details that put you or your personnel in danger. Replacement copies of your machine’s owner’s manual can be ordered through Customer Service at 1-800-436-7762.
Just one mile west of I-135 and an hour and half north of Wichita or two and half hours west of Kansas City, the drill rig service team keeps customers in the field through telephone service support or in shop repairs.
Just one mile west of I-75 and an hour northwest of Orlando, drillers have come to rely on the drill rig service team with double-digit years of hands-on experience servicing Geoprobe® and DRILLMAX® rigs for helpful answers or intensive rig fixes.
Just 30 minutes off of I-95, an hour west of Philadelphia, and two hours southwest of Newark, New Jersey. Rely on our team for refurbs of your large air and mud rotary rigs.