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Safety During Container Loading and Unloading Process

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Man wearing hard hat and safety glasses on siteMost of the work accidents during the loading and unloading of containers happen in handling stages. The container manoeuvring process to and from the warehouse also poses significant risks to employees handling the containers.

Besides getting the right container loading and unloading platforms, the other ways to avoid the occurrence of these accidents include:

Appropriate Transport Means

The platforms to move the containers must be in a manner that can withstand any forces acting on the containers. Also, well-marked transport routes help the trucks to remain within the required tracks. Proper securing of the cargo can also prevent trucks from veering and falling off.

Safety from Falls

The loading and unloading process of top containers should be from a high position. The loading stands should be strong enough to allow setting of the bridge. You can also use a stable lifting platform. Whichever the case, have a fall protection mechanism to prevent harm in the event of an accident.

Successive Unloading

Often your items will get loose when you are releasing the goods. Thus, understand how the wrapping of your cargo is before you begin the unloading process. Not only will you ensure the safety of your goods, but you will also prevent any accidents during the unloading process.

Proper Securing

When the securing of goods is not in the correct position, the goods could displace during transit. The doors of your shipping containers could have tension and cause the doors to swing open and loose the secured cargo. Use bolts to prevent unexpected opening of doors and have additional securing solutions to keep your items in place.

It is crucial you ensure that the loading, manoeuvring, and unloading process of your containers is safe to protect your employees from any accidents. With the right container loading and unloading platforms, you will ease the loading and unloading process while minimising the possibility of such accidents.


Specialty Features You Should Consider When Buying Industrial Floor Mats

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Close-up hot of floor matIndustrial floor mats are great for commercial settings. Most of these mats share common features aimed at improving protection and safety at the workplace. Standard industrial applications for these mats include improving traction on slippery or wet surfaces and ergonomic support in difficult working conditions.

In addition to these essential uses, manufacturers design some floor mats for specific applications. These mats have unique features to enhance their use in particular settings. Here are some features floor mats for industrial use have.

Antimicrobial Features

You could typically find this feature in mats designed for the medical industry, as well as in operating theatres, laboratories, ICU and histology departments among other sensitive medical chambers and environments.

They sustain and ensure cleanliness and sterility of the workplace. You could optimise the functionality of mats with antimicrobial features by including slip resistance, waterproofing, and anti-fatigue features.

Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) Features

Mats with ESD features enhance workplace safety against electric shock. These mats have electrically conductive along with static dissipative properties which conduct and neutralise static and electric charges.

ESD floor mats are sometimes known as welding safe matting systems due to their wide use in the welding sector. You could opt for additional features with the mat for increased efficiency.

Vibration and Noise Reduction Features

These mats have with vibration and noise reduction pads which soak up the excess dissonance in noisy workplaces like fitness centres and gyms.

These mats also have essential industrial features which reduce muscle stress during exercise. Noisy workplaces and those with vibrations also use these to minimise distraction and hence improve productivity.

Chemical resistant mats protect industrial floors from the different chemicals used in the particular workplace. Oil- and grease-resistant mats are useful in many industries to keep the floors clean and intact. In addition to protecting the floor, these mats protect the workers from slips, falls and chemical injuries.


Top Ways to Create a Secure Bike Storage

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Bike shopThere really is no point in investing your extra cash on a bike and then keeping it in a place where it is defenceless at night. If you do not have enough space to store your bike inside your home, then consider keeping it in sheds and garages.

But you still have to remember that cycle shelters are still prone to break-ins. These handy tips will help guarantee that your bike will still be waiting for you every morning to take you to school or work:

Stay Realistic

Remember that a shed will not be able to survive a serious burglary attack. Some intruders have tried getting inside the roof or removing a whole side panel just to get inside. The secret is to hide it in a place that would be hard for thieves to reach. It must not draw attention and you have to set up a lot of security measures to protect it.

Choose the Type of Shed Carefully

Sheds come in three primary types, including plastic, wood and metal. Determine the pros and cons of each before deciding which one would be ideal to protect your belongings. Normally, you have to pay more to have thicker and more secure walls for your shed.

Consider the Structure’s Design

If you will use the shed mostly for storage and not as a work studio, consider getting a window-less space as these windows are noticeable weak points. The location of the door should be visible from either your neighbour’s homes or your own house. Double doors will allow you to easily get your bike in and out.

It does not really matter if you chose a wooden shed to keep your bike or other more secure means of storage. Just keep the above tips in mind to make your storage shed more burglar-proof.


Safety Tips on Using Drilling Tools

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Man drilling a metal sheetAs if driving a nail through a wood with the use of a hammer is not hard enough, imagine drilling through a wall without the right tools. How can one possibly drill through a pure concrete slab without handheld drilling and power tools?

People in the past have done it in their own ways, but the presence of modern machines makes the job easier. But like other construction equipment, there are risks involved in using drilling tools.

Before your start drilling, here are some safety tips you should always observe to prevent mishaps:

Inspect

Always conduct a thorough inspection before using the tool. Check for signs of damage, breakage, loose wires, etc. Do not attempt to use tools that have seemingly minor damage, or try to do a quick fix and use it. Making sure your tools are in good condition is the first step to having a successful and safe working environment.

Wear Personal Protective Gear

Drilling through a concrete wall can have small and loose debris flying around as well as dust. Make sure you are properly protected. Wear goggles, masks, and gloves to keep yourself from inhaling dust, and loose debris from entering your eyes. Do not wear baggy clothes and always have your hair tied up (if you have long hair) to prevent it from getting stuck in the drill. 

 Use the Drill Properly

Make sure you know how to use the specific type of drill you have. Proper operation and handling are important to ensure the success of the job and to prevent accidents.

Emergency Response

Always have an emergency response plan. If you are working at home, make sure you have an accessible first aid kit should you sustain injuries while working.

Drilling is not rocket science, which is why many people know how to perform it. But the absence of proper training and skills can cause accidents. Always be on the safe side and take the right precautionary measures in any project to ensure safety.


Four Components For Inspecting Field Storage Tanks

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Tank Inspection

API standard 653 inspections are regularly done to ensure above ground tank longevity. They can be used as indicators of operational efficiency and safety. It also guarantees that tanks are following state regulatory requirements.

You should have your tanks checked by certified inspectors because they can help you get through the process completely in a professional and timely manner. API 653 storage tank inspections can make sure that your tanks are reliable, safe, and serve their purpose well.

Here are the four components of storage tanks that are subject for inspection.

Bottom, Shell, and Roof Components

First, it is essential to inspect the tank’s bottom, shell, and roof components. Different types of inspections to be performed include the use of tracer gas, vacuum box, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, and penetrating oil. These are used to inspect the overall structure of the tank components.

Radiography, ultrasonic scan and spot, magnetic flux scan, and visual inspections are also applied to check for corrosion and leaks. These monthly inspections should be logged for future reference. Tank owners or an in-house inspector performs these inspections.

Structure

The inspection of the structure of the tank follows the initial components. Check the maximum corrosion rate, minimum thickness required, and minimum thickness remaining of the tank’s bottom, shell, and roof. The original thickness and corrosion rate, as well as its current status should be listed down. Whatever the results of the initial examination are, frequent inspections of these components should be conducted.

Ground Settlement

Inspecting the ground settlement of a storage tank is also important. This determines whether a tank is settling on the ground properly or is already tilting in its position. Part of inspecting the settlement of a tank includes evaluation of its plane, dish type, and uniform. Its rigid body, localized dispersions, and edge settlement are also assessed.

General Components

API 653 tank inspection also includes evaluation of tank specifications, spill control, and release detection. Keep in mind that internal inspections are due every 10 years, while external inspections are done every 5 years. This is applicable for formal API inspections.

Ensure that your company’s storage tanks meet the requirements. Have professionals use the standard inspections so your manufacturing business will keep on running smoothly.