This Operation and Technical Manual provides the owners and maintenance personnel with information covering Safety Procedures, Maintenance Procedures, Operational Procedures and Repair and Servicing of the Batting Cage equipment provided by Automated Batting Cages Corp. Read this document carefully. This equipment system contains several moving parts and has high voltage present which pose potential hazards to maintenance and operational staff. Pitching baseball/softballs to batting range customers also poses inherent risks to the batters. It is essential for operating a safe batting range operation that the owner/operator have a complete understanding of this manual. This manual must be used in conjunction with ABC training video tape to train employees in the safe operation and servicing of the ABC batting range equipment system and to minimize potential risks to the batting range customers.
THESE OPERATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS APPLY TO ALL OPERATORS/OWNERS OF AN ABC COMMERCIAL BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL BATTING RANGE. THEY ARE INTENDED TO INFORM THE OPERATORS/OWNERS OF THE DANGERS AND RISKS ASSOCIATED IN THE OPERATION OF THE BATTING RANGE AND TO PROMOTE THE SAFE OPERATION OF THE BATTING CAGES. ALL STANDARDS SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD AND FOLLOWED TO FACILITATE SAFETY IN THE BATTING CAGES. ABC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMPLIANCE OF THESE SAFETY STANDARDS OR THE CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE.
This manual details ABC’s specifications. It must be reviewed and understood in order to maintain the ABC batting range equipment system. Keep this manual at the batting operation at all times for review. Refer to sections titled “MAINTNENACE” and “SERVICING” for specifications. ABC maintenance and operational forms must be completed by owner/attendant and stored for later review to confirm that maintenance and operational procedures have been followed. Refer to section titled “FORMS”. Attendant must check ball pitching accuracy of all pitching machines at least once per day. If the accuracy has degraded, refer to the “TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE” section for proper adjustments. Operator/Owner must check daily, the condition of the balls. All balls showing signs of excessive wear, deformation, cracks, breakage or when the dimples on the balls are less than 50% of there original depth. If any of these conditions exist, remove balls from the batting range system immediately. Replace system with new balls. New balls cannot be mixed with old balls! Operator/Owner must train all attendants in the safe operation of the batting range and insist that all attendants maintain and promote a safe operation at all times. Training must include reviewing of this manual and ABC training video tape. Attendants or anyone inside of batting range must wear protective helmet with face guard at all times. Servicing of equipment system must be completed by a trained and qualified person having reviewed and understood this manual and ABC training video tape. 5. Follow all other manufacturers’ operation and warnings when operating Center Pole Winch. All operators of Center Pole Winch must review and understand all operating and safety instructions. 6. Owner/Operator should establish and implement a Safety Program similar to the program detailed in the following “SAFETY PROGRAM FOR THE BATTING CAGES” (*ALSO REFER TO SECTION TITLED “MAINTENANCE” FOR REGULARLY SCHEDULED MAINTENACE and OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES).
THE FOREGOING IS A SAMPLE “SAFETY PROGRAM” FOR A COMMERCIAL BATTING RANGE. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT A SAFETY PROGRAM MAY INCLUDE OTHER ELEMENTS THAN THOSE DETAILED HERE. ALL BATTING RANGE OPERATIONS SHOULD HAVE A MANAGEMENT-SPONSORED COMPREHENSIVE “SAFETY PROGRAM”.
It is essential that the management of the batting cage support the development and implementation of an effective safety program. It is the responsibility of the management to commit to a safety program and to communicate this commitment to all of management’s employees. The Safety Program must include employee safety as well as guest safety and methods to carry out the program.
The safety of the employee must be the first priority of any safety program. Employee safety is mandated by agencies including federal, state and local municipalities. Be certain that the employee understand the risks that they are exposed to and how they can avoid these risks. Just as management must commit to the safety program, employees must also be willing to accept their responsibility to the program.
EMPLOYEE SAFETY EXPOSURE
EMPLOYEE RISK REDUCTION
Guest safety is essential to the batting range success. All guest safety programs must begin with the Employee safety program. Employees must be committed to this vital aspect of the business. The employees will be the most responsible for any Guest Safety Program implemented by Management.
GUEST SAFETY EXPOSURE
GUEST RISK REDUCTION
Fire protection should always be a part of Management’s Safety Program. Consult with local fire authorities about their requirements. Be certain that employees have knowledge about the fire protection available at the batting cage.
Management should have four basic areas of responsibility for First Aid.
A Safety Program should address the need for inspections. These inspections should be focused in at least four areas:
In order to reduce accidents from occurring, a preventive program must be in place. Recognizing potential risks and taking the appropriate steps to minimize or eliminate these risks is critical. All accidents must be investigated and documented, even if injuries have not resulted from the accident. Communicating these accidents should be a regular occurrence within the Safety Program.
Safety training should not be confused with Job Training. Safety training should be conducted singularly and considered a separate responsibility of the employee. Safety Training should be conducted when the employee is first hired and should be reviewed at least once a year.
Record Keeping for the Safety Program should include several records including; Employee Injury Reports, Guest Injury Reports, Inspection/Maintenance Reports, documented Safety Program Training and reviews and “Accident Investigation” meetings. (Refer to section “Daily Operational Forms & Checklists”).
BATTING RANGE EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE
Equipment maintenance should only be performed by qualified persons with a full understanding of the equipment and how it operates. It is also very important that the person maintaining the equipment understands about the batting range operation and risks involved with repairing and maintaining the system. All daily, weekly, monthly and other periodic maintenance should be conducted on the pitching machine equipment and the related equipment. Refer to the section titles “MAINTENANCE” in the “ABC Owner/Operators Manual” for specific maintenance and operational procedures. Document all maintenance and operational procedures and file for future reference.
The Safety Program must be communicated clearly and understood by every person involved in it’s implementation. Communication techniques should include written material along with on-site instructions and directions. All training sessions should be documented and filed for future reference.
Safety Program should include a Housekeeping element and all staff should understand the necessity of cleanliness.
Management must detail Emergency Procedures which would be followed in the event of any emergency. These emergencies will include NATURAL DISASTERS (wind, rain, earthquake, etc...), ACCIDENTS (injuries) and MAN-MADE DISASTERS (bomb threats, structural, power outages, etc...).
Letter to range owners dated Sept 8th, 1992
September 8, 1992 Dear Range Owner, We wanted to write and share some safety features that we have added to our Batting Ranges. Please read this material and incorporate the changes. The illustration below (figure 1.0) is an overview of a typical batting stall and batters box. Please note the 7’-6” dimension from the opening of the stall to the center of Homeplate. This dimension will ensure the “Batters Box” is adequately back far enough from the opening of the stall and reduce the risk of “fouled balls” striking another batter. If your Batters Box is not at least 7’-6” as shown, you will need to move your boxes back. Also note that we suggest you paint a red “DO NOT PASS RED LINE” line as shown on this drawing. The purpose of this line is to keep customers from going forward of this line. We clearly do not want customers out in “open” area, in the “pit”, or batting in an area which will cause the flight of the ball to enter another stall. Please implement these changes or additions for the stalls immediately. If you have any questions please call ABC.