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Preventative Maintenance Effects Your Safety


When it comes to cooling tower maintenance we often discuss the repercussions the lack thereof can have on your cooling tower performance and lifespan. However, have you considered how preventative maintenance directly impacts you and your team's safety? Here are the three quick and easy areas to maintain at all times to ensure everyone's safety.

Handrails and hardware:

Handrails, whether fiberglass (FRP) or wood, can deteriorate. Wood deteriorates much more quickly and can be subject to rotting and splintering. FRP is subject UV damage and requires a protective coating every 5-7 years. Inspect handrails for:
  • Proper height, at least 42" is recommended.
  • Deterioration: TIP: Old or damaged handrails can cause splitters if a person is using them.

Hardware is also very important to maintain. Rotting wood or weakened FRP railing along with loose, stripped, or galvanized hardware can lead to weakened safety rails, decking and ladders. One slip, trip, or stumble off balance without a strong safety guard and serious injury can occur. Maintain hardware by:
  • Look for and tighten any and all loose hardware that may be deemed unsafe for use.
  • Replace any stripped or galvanized hardware immediately.

Ladders and anti-slip:
Ladders or stairs should always be strong, stable and fitted with anti-slip treading, especially in climates that receive heavy rain, sleet, and snow. Ladder handrails and stairs should be maintained by:
  • Examining all stairway and ladder tie backs to the tower both internally and externally. Tie backs should be tight and of adequate consistency to prevent movement.
  • Look for missing or loose hardware.
  • Inspect all stairway treads and stringers for cracks.
  • Make sure your escape ladder has a safety chain or door to prevent someone from failing.

Fan Deck:
Fan decks, especially wood decks, are subject to harsh weather conditions that eventually lead to delamination and rot. While there is not a whole of maintenance involved with your fan deck, you should periodically watch for signs of:
  • rot
  • delamination
  • Loose Nails

Additionally look at your fan deck joists for pocket rot and cracks along bolt lines. All of these can lead to tripping hazards and impair deck strength when teams are walking around on the deck, completing maintenance. Deck integrity should be watched closely with every inspection.

When is it time to replace your fan deck?View this short slideshow to see images of light, moderate and severe fan deck damage.

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