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Handling Air Compressors: What Not to Do

Air compressors are such powerful machines that any sort of mishandling can lead to severe injuries, accidents and even fatalities. Knowing the precautionary measures to take can draw the line between life and death.
In this blog, we ran down some of the most important preventive measures an operator has to take in order to ensure proper and safe usage of air compressors. If you have an air compressor at home or use one on the job, make sure to read the entry below.
⦁ Proper maintenance
A well-oiled machine needs proper maintenance, too. Make sure to clean and regularly maintain air compressors to prevent any accidents from happening. Make it a point to check all the components are in safe operational condition regularly.
Before each use, make it a point to take a look at your air compressor for any signs of wear and tear. Check on the hoses, wires and other peripherals for pinholes or rust spots that can wield potential danger.
⦁ Wear proper gear
You can never be too safe when handling air compressors. Make sure to have heavy-duty gloves, goggles and proper working clothes. Be very careful in covering yourself. The air compressor can releases forceful air that releases particles in a high trajectory – enough to cause skin abrasion and other dangers.
Make sure to wear protective gears that will protect you from the hazardous particles. Also, the forceful air released by the compressor can penetrate any body opening (an open wound or the likes) and create a bubble in the blood stream that can cause paralysis, coma and even death, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Though rare, this is a possible danger you have to protect yourself from.
⦁ Do not attempt to modify an air compressor yourself
Experts highly discourage non-trained operators from making modifications to the air compressor. Doing so will open you to risks an untrained eye can overlook. If you think your air compressor is not working properly, it is best you have a trained technician perform thorough inspections and repairs.
If you need an expert to take a look at your air compressor, give us a call. C.E.D. Compressed Air Inc. has been providing compressed air services since 1986. Our trained and seasoned technicians can help you with your every need. Call us at 905.839.7043 today!
⦁ Never operate faster an air compressor faster than what is recommended
Manufacturers have a better knowledge of a machine’s capacity. Never attempt to push the limits of your air compressor, as this is a very unsafe thing to do. Operating the machine faster than what is recommended opens you to many risks, make sure to read the manual before attempting to operate an air compressor.
These are only a few safety measures you should keep in mind when running an air compressor. Never attempt to play around with an air compressor – horseplay is one of the leading causes of air-compressor related injuries. Make sure to use this powerful machine wisely.
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