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Project Safety

This article begins with a story... a true story.

In the early spring of 2013, I got a phone call from the marina where our boat was stored. Another boat owner - attempting to install a stereo - managed to blow his boat up and set fire to the building and damaged 80 yachts. My boat received significant damage and had to be totaled. Of course, the boat-owner did not have sufficient coverage on his boat to cover the millions in damage sustained by the building and boats - so there is sure to be litigation for years to come.

 

 

Apparently the explosion was caused by the inappropriate use of a propane torch. In a boat, propane - being heavier than air, can be a dangerous ting, as an gas leaked out tends to collect in the bilge. If you are using a leaky torch, there is nowhere to go but the bilge, and it's just a matter of time before the propane level raises, until it reaches the level of the person using the torch - and an explosion can be the result. The good news is although the boat-owner was seriously injured, he has made a recovery.

It is times like this that we must reflect on what we are doing. If you don't know the safety ramifications of what you are doing - STOP - until you determine that you are not doing something dangerous.

This comes from education. Do the research, find out everything you can about what you are doing, and then use some common sense.

The old adage "Measure Twice, Cut Once" is not sufficient... it's my belief that you need to "Think Twice, Cut Once", at least where safety is concerned.

While RV projects are perhaps not quite as dangerous as boat projects, you don't want that bicycle rack you haphazardly installed on your RV to fall off on the highway and injure someone in a car behind you. This may require some engineering skills, and if so - get help.


I don't think this guy got the safety memo. Is he
towing a van, or is it keeping the RV from dragging on the ground?

So take a few minutes before your next project, think of the things that could go wrong, don't cut corners, and plan accordingly. I don't want to see that you blew up your RV on the evening news. A project done safely is a successful project.

Have a happy "safe" project;

RV-Project.Com

 


Last reviewed and/or updated May 10, 2017