A propane and natural gas processing company based in the greater D.C. area export facility provided propane to a large section of the country. They found themselves in need of a crossover in order to assist workers in efficiently getting around the facility for maintenance required to upkeep their equipment. After doing some research on […]
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Project Profile – RollaStep as a Scaffolding Alternative.
Replacing temporary scaffolding systems with an MP Series RollaStep saves $18,000 in the first year, improves maintenance efficiencies and is OSHA compliant for improved worker safety.
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Nestlé Waters Wants to Keep Their Employees Safe
When Nestlé Waters North America began in 1976, bottled water was an unknown phenomenon and their single brand Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water was poised to lead a movement around the world. Today, they are the largest non-alcoholic beverage company in the U.S., operating 28 bottled water facilities and reaching annual revenues of $4.5 billion. […]
Aviation Maintenance Platforms – Airline Maintenance Company Says Goodbye to Building In-House Scaffolding
Aviation Maintenance Platforms – Project Profile An airline company’s main responsibility and concern is the safety of its passengers. An industry such as this requires frequent maintenance checks, as well as, repairs. This specific company has been building all scaffolding in-house and has spent countless hours making adjustments to the scaffolding when the height of […]
Custom Access Platform for Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) System
A solar technology company was undergoing challenges with their facility and needed an access platform to their machinery. They were having trouble accessing their equipment, specifically their PECVD G8.5 System, which was at an elevated height. A plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) is a process by which thin films of various materials can be deposited […]
Helping a Manufacturing Company with Maintenance Platforms for their Tank Farm
A company in Missouri needed help with being able to access and maintain their tanks in their 14 tank farm. Maintenance platforms had to be lite enough to be carried up and installed by hand. In addition to being OSHA compliant, requirements included weight limitations and an ability to replace parts of the maintenance platform without […]
Choosing the right stairs – Commercial or Industrial
Many companies manufacture both OSHA compliant stairs and IBC compliant stairs and purchasing managers are left with the task of deciding which models and stair variants to choose. In the petrochemical and other industrial application, risk mitigation, and in this instance, specifically when working at height, must be one of the main health & safety […]
Ohio Winery Access Stairs – Custom Fit, Custom Look
An Ohio winery was looking to gain access to their equipment in a safer and more efficient way. They also wanted to keep the clean and appealing aesthetic of their winery, so whatever equipment they needed had to meet the standards of their facilities. Specifically, they needed to access the tops of stainless steel tanks […]
Powder Coating vs. Hot Dip Galvanizing
What is Powder Coating? Powder coating is a very popular industrial coating for metals, plastics, and even some wood products. The ability to create a durable and decorative finish in a limitless range of colors and textures makes powder coating a great solution for industrial top coatings. Top Benefits of Powder Coating Metal: Environmentally Friendly […]
3 Safety Compliance Myths about stairs and crossovers in your facility – Customization vs. Fabrication
3 Safety Compliance Myths that Are Killing Your Bottom Line Lean/agile manufacturing training has helped numerous plants respond quickly and proactively to frequent and rapid changes. Despite the top and bottom line benefits of lean/agile training, it’s surprising how many plants continue to operate as though it were still the 1980’s and ‘90s when it […]
Powder Coating vs Paint. Pro, Cons and Recommendations.
Powder coating is the application of a dry polymer finish onto a surface that has been chemically or mechanically cleaned, removing dirt, oils, old finishes, and oxidation. Painting is using liquid solvent to spray pigment and binder to a solid surface. The drying process is the solvent evaporating leaving just the pigment and binding agent. […]
Safety Codes: What’s the Difference Between IBC and OSHA Stairs?
Whenever you see a set of stairs, you can be assured its construction was carefully considered. Each set has to meet certain standards before it’s made available for use. But with so many types of stairs, how can you tell which standards yours need to follow? Stairs can be designed to comply with different regulations […]
Before & After: Equipment Manufacturer Leaves Rust in the Dust
Most people know that rust is a common environmental phenomenon. Safety managers and those that use industrial safety equipment know that rust is not only a natural reaction, but it can also be a sign of imminent equipment failure. Rust can form on iron or iron alloys, including steel. Flaky, reddish-brown rust forms on these […]
Before & After: Accomodating a Last-Minute Change to a Customized Solution
After exploring multiple options, in early 2016, a global automotive supplier eventually made the decision to convert a second-floor storage room into a conference room. While normally such a project would take little more than clearing out some dusty boxes, seldom-used equipment and whatever else might be hidden away in a storage room, this one […]
Before & After: Dallas Episcopal School Graduates their Safety
The most cited OSHA standard in 2015 concerns fall protection (29 CFR 1926.501). Slips, trips and falls should of course be avoided in any workplace, but they are especially dangerous for those working from a height. This increased risk means it is essential for employees on roofs to have access to proper safety equipment. A […]
Duck Unders Are Officially Over
Earlier this year, Nestle Waters North America, the nation’s leading water bottling company, opened a massive, two-line water bottling facility in McBee, SC. Inside the 200,000-square-foot facility, the fully automated machinery occupies a large footprint. While the layout is ideal for bottling, pedestrian access is less than ideal in certain locations. If the equipment were […]
Before and After: Springfield Hospital Steps Up to Safety
Few people understand the consequences of work-related injuries better than the health care professionals who treat them. Seeing firsthand the effects of jobsite slips, trips and falls makes it immediately clear that safety should always be a top priority. That’s why the management at a large Springfield hospital takes every measure necessary to protect the […]
Reduce Waste, Enhance Value
What do you consider “waste” in your facility or plant? Excess energy or water? A worker who isn’t busy throughout the day? According to the Lean approach, it’s more than that. Anything that isn’t an action or process that your customer would be willing to pay for is waste. That means extra products sitting on inventory shelves are considered waste. So are extra steps…
The Top 5 Job Positions in Industrial Safety
Over the past few decades, safety has become one of the most important topics across industrial-related careers. This is especially true for those whose jobs involve handling machines or chemicals that could pose a serious health threat if misused.
Major OSHA Updates Begin August 1st
Come August, there will be a new batch of OSHA rules and regulations going into effect. How will you know which ones impact you and how to decipher the new guidelines? Here, we’ve summarized the key updates to note, and what to pay attention to in the coming weeks.
It’s National Safety Month!
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And there’s no better time than now to focus on preventing workplace injuries — especially since June is the National Safety Council’s (NSC) National Safety Month.
Compliant Fall Prevention Protects Companies and Employees
Every job site has its share of potential challenges that could impact safety. It’s up to the project managers to implement effective fall protection that meets those challenges. Employees trust their employer to provide a safe working environment — and that’s where appropriate fall protection equipment does the job.
Improving Industrial Safety and Productivity: A Look at Practices and Products
The occupational safety standards found throughout America’s various industrial and manufacturing sectors tend to be quite comprehensive — and not at all lenient. These standards need to remain strict in order to allow workers to go about their day-to-day tasks in a safe manner. A central component of these modern standards is the safety equipment […]