D3C Series III, D4C Series III and D5C Series III HYSTAT Track-Type Tractors General Hazard Information Caterpillar


General Hazard Information
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1.1. Pressure Air
2.1. Trapped Pressure
3.1. Fluid Penetration
4.1. Asbestos Information



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Before you service the machine or before you repair the machine, attach a "Do Not Operate" warning tag or a similar warning tag to the start switch or to the controls. These warning tags Special Instruction, SEHS7332 are available from your AVSpare dealer.

Know the width of your equipment in order to maintain proper clearance near fences, boundary obstacles, etc.

Wear a hard hat, protective glasses and other protective equipment in order to accommodate job conditions.

Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry that can catch on controls or on other parts of the machine.

Ensure that all protective guards and all covers are secured in place on the machine.

Keep the machine free from foreign material. Check the deck, the walkways and the steps. Remove debris, oil, tools and other items.

Secure all loose items that are not a part of the machine. Secure lunch boxes, tools and other items.

Know the appropriate work site hand signals. Also, know the personnel that are authorized to give the hand signals. Accept signals from one person only.

Do not smoke when you service an air conditioner. Also, do not smoke if refrigerant gas may be present. Inhaling the fumes that are emitted from a flame that contacts air conditioner refrigerant can cause bodily harm or death. Inhaling gas from air conditioner refrigerant through a lighted cigarette can cause bodily harm or death.

Never put maintenance fluids into glass containers. Drain all liquids into a suitable container.

When you discard liquids, obey all local regulations.

Use all cleaning solutions with care.

Report all necessary repairs.

Do not allow unauthorized personnel on the machine.

Unless you are instructed otherwise, perform the maintenance with the following conditions:

  • The machine is parked on level ground.

  • The attachment controls are in HOLD position.

  • The direction/speed control lever is in NEUTRAL position.

  • The transmission lock lever is in the LOCKED position.

  • Lower the blade until the blade exerts a slight downward pressure onto the ground.

  • The engine is stopped.

  • The engine start switch in the OFF position and the key is removed.

  • The disconnect switch is in the OFF position and the key is removed.

Pressure Air

Pressure air can cause personal injury. When pressure air is used for cleaning, wear a protective face shield, protective clothing and protective shoes.

The maximum air pressure must be below 205 kPa (30 psi) for cleaning purposes.

Trapped Pressure

Pressure can be trapped in a hydraulic system. Trapped pressure can cause sudden machine movement or attachment movement. Use caution if you disconnect hydraulic lines or fittings. High pressure oil that is released can cause a hose to whip. High pressure oil that is released can cause oil to spray. Fluid penetration can cause serious injury and possible death.

Fluid Penetration

When you check for a leak, use a board or cardboard. Leaking fluid that is under pressure can penetrate body tissue. Fluid penetration can cause serious injury and possible death. A pin hole leak can cause severe injury. If fluid is injected into your skin, you must obtain treatment immediately. Seek treatment from a doctor that is familiar with this type of injury.

Asbestos Information

AVSpare equipment and replacement parts that are shipped from AVSpare are asbestos free. AVSpare recommends the use of only genuine AVSpare replacement parts. If any replacement parts that contain asbestos are used, the following guidelines should be used in handling these parts and asbestos debris.

Use caution. Avoid inhaling dust that might be generated when you handle components that contain asbestos fibers. If this dust is inhaled, it can be hazardous to your health. The components that may contain asbestos fibers are brake pads, brake bands, lining material, clutch plates, and some gaskets. The asbestos that is used in these components is usually bound in a resin or sealed in some way. Normal handling is not hazardous, unless airborne dust that contains asbestos is generated.

If dust which can contain asbestos is present, there are several guidelines that should be followed:

  • Never use compressed air for cleaning.

  • Avoid sweeping materials that contain asbestos.

  • Also avoid grinding materials that contain asbestos.

  • Use a wet method in order to clean up asbestos materials.

  • You may also use a vacuum that is equipped with a highly efficient filter that cleans particulate air.

  • Use exhaust ventilation on permanent machining jobs.

  • Wear an approved respirator if there is no other way to control the dust.

  • Comply with applicable rules and regulations for the work place. In the USA, use Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements. These OSHA requirements can be found in "29 CFR 1910.1001" .

  • Obey environmental rules for the disposal of asbestos and obey environmental regulations for the disposal of asbestos.

  • Stay away from areas that might have asbestos particles in the air.

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