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?
If you work with chemicals, you must be prepared to deal with spills — and a big part of that preparation involves providing employees with appropriate absorbent or neutralizing materials. In fact, OSHA standard 1910.120(o)(2) requires employers in facilities that handle hazardous materials to “develop and implement procedures for the introduction of effective new technologies and equipment developed for the improved protection of employees…”
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.
Conveyor systems in bulk material handling systems often run on multiple levels. That means you need a safe, reliable way to move those materials—grains, gravel, legumes, small components, and more—down the system. That’s what chutes are for. A chute is a sort of slide. It sounds simple. But as generations of industrial engineers have discovered, every detail of chute design plays a role in the overall efficiency of the material handling system—or even whether it works at all.