To pull off a successful well drilling, we must meet a few different requirements. First, obviously, the project must result in making water more accessible. But the project also must not result in any injuries and damages. That’s why safety protocol is at the forefront of any and all drilling projects. If you want to leverage the power of natural resources without sacrificing health and safety, take these six tips to heart.
Get the training
Of course, any drilling company would be expected to bring only experienced, qualified professionals to the job site. But what about humanitarians digging wells abroad, or homeowners doing water line work with a Ditch Witch? In these instances, it’s vital that the workers be familiar with the environment, and most importantly, know where all other utility lines are located.
Safety gear is essential
Eyes, ears, and heads are very important during a drill. Coming up, we’ll understand why using them is key, but in order to be able to use them, you must protect them. Wear a hard hat to ensure you don’t get injured by a pipe when standing up after bending down. Safety glasses will keep the eyes free of dirt and debris. Ear plugs can protect your ears from the extremely loud, potentially damaging noise of the drill.
Maintain situational awareness
The moment we stop paying attention, everything can fall apart. Listening is important because an odd sound may be the first clue that something is off with the equipment. Watch out for falling objects, the location of pipes and equipment you could be injured by, and any passerby that might wander into your hazardous drilling area.
Perform regular checks
Make a checklist of all equipment, workers present, steps, and anything else that must be in place for a successful drill. Prior to any crucial action, quickly review this. Always do a quick check on equipment, such as making sure your drill is lubricated, before commencing or concluding work.
Learn to lift
A lot of heavy objects may need to be moved around on the job. The majority of this should be handled by special equipment like forklifts. However, if you want to move something yourself, make sure you’re not lifting with your back, which can cause an injury. Lift with your legs, and keep knee joints soft, not locked straight.
Keep it clean
Clean equipment lasts longer and is less likely to malfunction. Prevent and remove rust, and never let mud sit on drill pipes. Protect drill bits, clean soil from box threads, store all essential equipment properly, and never let debris accumulate in the designated workspace.
Staying safe saves money. The costs associated with remediating botched jobs and paying medical bills are no way to keep a drilling company open or bring potable water to your property. Other tips, like situational awareness and cleanliness, can help you lengthen the life of your equipment, for reduced maintenance and replacement costs. Still, however, protection from injury is our top priority. Water is life, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice yours to bring it to the surface.