While servicing and inspecting his machine at the end of the day, an equipment operator noticed a hot bearing. He greased the bearing using an electric grease gun with a needle tip through the center of the rubber plug that seals the unit (see photos in attached pdf).
After several shots of grease the rubber cap blew off, spraying him with hot grease. The operator wasn’t wearing gloves and he received second degree burns to his hand.
• Allow all components to cool before servicing or repairing
• Wear appropriate PPE for even minor tasks (ie - eye protection and gloves)
For more information: Dean Smith, R. Smith Cont. Ltd. 250-470-2433
|Burn injury to hand while servicing hot bearing.pdf|