Tire repair equipment should also be in a
separate section of the shop, located near one of
the shop entrances. With this arrangement, tire
tools, tube-patching equipment, and air hoses can
be used by the EOs as readily as by the CMs.
Before deciding where to place an air com-
pressor (the large shops have more than one),
consider the uses you have for air and where the
air outlets would be most convenient. Compressed
air is needed for operating pneumatic power tools,
cleaning parts, and inflating tires. By keeping
compressor lines as short and free of bends as
possible, you minimize drops in air pressure at
the outlets. Short lines do not collect as much
water as long lines and are therefore less likely
to freeze in cold weather. When you have long
lines, install condensation traps in them and drain
the traps daily.
Battery-charging equipment must be in a well-
ventilated section of the shop away from the
welding area, or in a separate well-ventilated,
explosiveproof building. Because hydrogen fumes
produced by a charging battery are highly
explosive, always install an exhaust fan near the
battery charger. Make sure a water outlet is
available because an approved eyewash and
shower have to be installed so that anyone
involved in a battery shop accident can be bathed
immediately to prevent severe burns. Delay in
diluting or washing out sulphuric acid from a
victims eyes could result in loss of sight.
Safety is everyones responsibility. It is a
never-ending job that cannot be left to one
individual or one office. Everyone must always
be alert to accident prevention. It is imperative
that you emphasize safe working practices to the
point that they are routine.
One of the basic rules of shop safety requires
that everyone behave himself. Practical jokes and
horseplay cannot be tolerated. The possible
consequences of such actions are too high a price
to pay for the little humor derived.
You can help prevent accidents by appointing
a shop safety petty officer to detect unsafe
practices, bad habits, and defective tools that
would otherwise go unnoticed. You should replace
your shop safety petty officer periodically, thereby
rotating these duties.
You can reduce the number of personal
injuries in a shop by requiring good housekeeping
practices; for example, keeping the shop floor free
of grease and oil to help prevent mechanics and
others from slipping or falling. Likewise, clearing
the floor of creepers, stray tools, and parts will
eliminate the chances of tripping over them.
Accidents and injury may be reduced or cut
to zero by starting each day with a stand-up safety
lecture. True, this absorbs valuable time, but it
is worth it.
Crack down on bad habits, such as leaving
jack handles sticking out into walkways and
leaving vehicle doors open while mechanics work
THE MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
The battalion equipment maintenance super-
visor, usually a CMCS, is responsible for that
battalions entire equipment maintenance pro-
gram and all assigned CESE for the battalion and
all its assigned detachments. The senior CM of
a detachment, working in the equipment main-
tenance shop, is the maintenance supervisor for
that detachment site. Maintenance supervisors
have direct control over the administrative section.
Specifically their duties include the following:
1. Control and supervision of all main-
tenance personnel, through the shop supervisors.
2. Ensuring adherence to the scheduled
preventive maintenance program.
3. Ensuring accurate cost control, record
maintenance, and updating.
4. Submitting equipment reports to the
A L F A C o m p a ny
commander and the
commanding officer for distribution to higher
5. Maintaining the Construction Mechanics
tool allowance and ensuring that biweekly tool
inventories are conducted.
6. Providing technical and safety training.
7. Providing technical assistance to the
supply and logistics officer with regard to repair
8. Ensuring quality control of the repair and
9. Ensuring that the Battalion Equipment
Evaluation Program (BEEP) is carried out under
the latest instructions.
10. Ensuring that the preventive maintenance
schedule is entered into the ALFA Company
minicomputer equipment program. The use of the
minicomputer can then aid in the execution of the
preventive maintenance program.