The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is well known for assessing penalties to noncompliant workplaces — but occasionally, the Administration supports its mission in more benevolent ways.
When you factor in repairs, lost revenue, and the value of stolen product itself, metal theft costs U.S. businesses and municipalities around $1 billion per year, estimates the Department of Energy. Surging prices for copper and other conductive metals tends to drive spikes in construction theft, too. In short, a loaded wire cart makes an attractive target for thieves.
Sheet metal racking systems can be divided into two broad categories: Bulk and production-level storage. Your bulk storage system holds a large stock of sheet metal, but typically doesn’t allow quick, convenient access (and that access usually requires the use of forklifts or other heavy material handling systems).
Material flow is a key challenge for industrial facilities, from distribution centers to manufacturing plants. How do you get materials, equipment, and finished products where they need to be, when they need to be there?
Electric lift trucks are powered by lead-acid batteries, which must be routinely charged and watered. Battery spills and boil-overs can present hazards to workers, floors, and equipment — but if your facility has appropriate neutralizers and clean-up supplies, you can mitigate the risks.
You can’t manage what you don’t see. If you don’t track outbound waste, your operation may be wasting time, money, and your environmental record. The solution is a comprehensive waste tracking system, a data-collection utility that measures waste to provide cost-saving insights — and better reuse, recycling, and composting rates.
If your industrial business uses machinery, you probably handle hazardous fluids: Oils, solvents, battery electrolyte, cleaning products, used wash water. All of these fluids pose risks to human health. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), that means you must plan for spills before they happen.
Take a look at your facility’s waste management plan. It might list bin collection areas, transfer routes, waste stream composition, material handling equipment, and more. But do you have clear data on how many industrial garbage containers you need, as well as the sizes, features, and designs of these bins?
Between October 2020 and September 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) charged nearly $2 million in fines to electrical contractors in the United States. These penalties were all the result of failure to comply with OSHA standards, but which standards in particular?
Whether you use a Bin Dumper to empty trash cans into dumpsters; ingredients into mixers; or bulk components into hoppers, it’s an indispensable piece of equipment. These lift-and-tip machines prevent injury by saving workers from the ergonomically risky task of handling containers. They improve productivity by speeding up bulk material flow. And increasingly, industrial facilities of all types — from waste and recycling operations to food processing plants — are achieving the benefits in both safety and efficiency.