BUILDING KIDS! BUILDING COMMUNITY! BUILDING A LEGACy!
A PARTNERSHIP WITH WEST OTTAWA PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND JR AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES
Our team practices safety from start to finish. From the idea board to the field competition. During the design process our team considers several things to keep our team safe. To start off we use belts and pulleys instead of chains and sprockets. Belts insure that if someone or something were to get in caught in the belt it would do less damage than the shearing action of the chain and sprocket. We also use a contained drive system which protects both the bot and us. We use structural components to contain the drive system which effectively renders them as guards. We have added guards where appropriate. The guards also serve as space to display our sponsors logos. We use bumpers as required by FIRST to protect the robot and to display our team number. In our design we tried to eliminate as many pinch points as possible.
We remove stored energy from the robot when it is shut down. The stored air is relieved by the dump valve. All air powered actuators are designed to default to their current position when air pressure is relieved. This is accomplished by using detent valves. Electrical energy is removed by opening the main breaker and physically disconnecting the battery with the plug. Our team makes sure the battery is securely fastened by building a cradle with straps for extra strength.
In the pit we use our canopy frame to hold power and data cables in the form of drop cables. This keeps them off the floor and becoming a tripping hazard for the team or tangle hazard for the robot. It also keeps the cables from being damaged.
Check out our non-travel safety item checklist! These are items we make sure to have on-hand around the Bot Cave, for emergencies and general safety.
Fire extinguisher conveniently located outside of the Design+Build Room
FIRST Aid cabinet in the Common Room
Contents of the FIRST Aid cabinet in the Common Room
FIRST Aid Cabinet in the Design+Build Room
Student displaying contents of a FIRST Aid kit in the Design+Build Room
Travel FIRST Aid kit which goes in our Pit during competitions
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Non-Travel Safety Item Checklist