SCOPE - Continued
SAFETY, CARE, AND HANDLING
The following section is a brief description on the safety, care, and handling of each piece of equipment of the
The first requirement for safe field operations is that the safety supervisor should understand and fulfill the
responsibility for maintenance and "housekeeping" on and around the WWDS. Refer to FM 3-34.469
(Volume 2, WP 0230).
GOOD SAFETY PRACTICES
Ensure that every drilling rig team member is informed of safe operating practices on and around the WWDS.
Provide every drilling rig team member with a copy of the organization s drilling operations safety manual, and
when appropriate, the drilling rig manufacturer s operations and maintenance manual. Ensure every soldier reads
and understands the safety manual.
Carefully instruct new personnel in drilling safety and observe the new team member's progress towards
understanding safe operating practices.
OVERHEAD AND BURIED UTILITIES
Both supervisors and members of the drilling crew must take special precautions when the WWDS will be used
on a site or project within the vicinity of electrical power lines and other utilities.
Locate, note, and emphasize overhead and buried utilities on all boring location plans and boring assignment
Electricity is as dangerous underground as overhead. Be aware of and always suspect the existence of
underground utilities such as electrical power, gas, petroleum, telephone, sewer, and water.
If a sign warning of underground utilities is located on a site boundary, do not assume underground utilities are
located on or near the boundary or property line under the sign. Call the utility and verify it. The underground
utilities may be a considerable distance away from the warning sign.
TEST SAFETY DEVICES
Check and test all safety devices, such as emergency shutdown switches, at least daily and preferably at the start
of a drilling shift. Drilling must not be permitted until all emergency shutdown and warning systems are working
properly. Do not allow any emergency device to be bypassed or removed.
Be well-trained in and capable of using first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and all other safety devices and
equipment. Report any defect immediately.
INSPECTION OF LIFTING DEVICES
Check and test all lifting devices such as hooks, chains, and slings. Daily inspection of lifting devices shall be
performed by the operator before use. Also, prior to use, lifting devices which have been idle for one month or
more, but less than six (6) months, will be given an inspection in accordance with daily inspection criteria, plus a
thorough, documented inspection of wire ropes, crane hooks, and crane hoist chains. Refer to TB 43-0142
(Volume 2, WP 0230).