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Silo Cleaning Methods: Safety FAQ

Mole•Master is a trusted provider of a wide range of silo cleaning methods, ranging from our exclusive Big Mole Silo Cleanout System, abrasive blasting, dry ice blasting, industry-leading Junior 360°™ and Arch•Master™ and to blockage removal using our Safe-T-Shot cardox blasting method systems.

But regardless of which method a silo cleaning job requires, we consider the safety of both our own employees and our customers’ employees of primary importance.

The following questions outline the most serious safety issues involved with any silo cleaning methods.

Q. What actions are the most critical in ensuring worker safety?
Q. What sort of training do reputable silo cleaning companies provide for their employees?
Q. What is lockout/tagout and why is it important?
Q. What are the basic components of lockout/tagout?
Q. Once the work is completed, can I or my foreman go in and remove the locks and tags to get our equipment back in operation as quickly as possible?
Q. What types of safety gear are required?
Q. Are there different safety considerations for a job that presents a low degree of difficulty compared to a cleanout that presents a high degree of difficulty?

Q. What actions are the most critical in ensuring worker safety?
A. Regular training, consistent lockout/tagout procedures, routine use of safety equipment and the proper set-up of equipment are the most important factors in ensuring worker safety.

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Q. What sort of training do reputable silo cleaning companies provide for their employees?
A. The best training normally covers 29 CFR 1910 General Industry OSHA, 29 CFR 1926 Construction OSHA, 30 CFR Parts 46, 47 and 48 MSHA and, where required, OSHA Hazwoper standards. We also provide our employees with training in competent Inspection, air quality monitoring/testing, confined space entry and a wide variety of other safety practices. Visit our safety page to learn more about Mole•Master‘s rigorous safety training program.

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Q. What is lockout/tagout and why is it important?
A. "Lockout/tagout" refers to specific practices that protect employees from the unexpected startup of machinery and equipment during service or maintenance. Lockout/tagout is important not only because OSHA/MSHA requires such procedures but also because the practice saves innumerable workers each year from serious injury and death.

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Q. What are the basic components of lockout/tagout?
A. Each employee involved in the job puts his/her own lock and tag on the energy source to ensure it remains in the off/closed position. The tag must include the worker’s name, company name, when the lock and tag were applied and the reason for the lockout/tagout. For more details, watch our lockout/tagout video.

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Q. Once the work is completed, can I or my foreman go in and remove the locks and tags to get our equipment back in operation as quickly as possible?
A. No. Each employee who placed a lock and tag on the energy source must remove his/her own lock and tag before the equipment can be restarted. This ensures that each employee has completed his work and is clear of the machinery before it is re-energized.

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Q. What types of safety gear are required?
A. Depending on which silo cleaning methods are used, a job likely will require steel toed safety shoes, hard hats, safety glasses, respirator, gloves and coveralls. Safety harnesses are another important piece of safety equipment on many jobs – view our safety harness video to learn more about properly inspecting, donning and wearing harnesses.

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Q. Are there different safety considerations for a job that presents a low degree of difficulty compared to a cleanout that presents a high degree of difficulty?
A. The same basic safety procedures should be followed no matter how “easy” a job may appear. But system-wide blockages may require the additional steps of lockout/tagout for multiple pieces of equipment, while cleanouts of grain and coal silos demand even greater attention to respiratory and fire hazards.

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