The safety technology area has information for protecting workers directly with personal protection equipment and indirectly with interlocks, light curtains, machine guards, barriers, safety curtains, sensors, and ventilation systems.
August 25, 2015
Incredibly high temperatures and a bright arc flash aren’t the only two dangerous elements of welding. Harmful ultrafine particulate matter generated during welding operations can pose major health risks to welders. Modern extraction and filtration systems are designed to provide effective industrial safety. In many cases, fabricators find that the added filtration equipment contributes to increased productivity as well.
August 4, 2015
Worker safety in U.S. manufacturing facilities has improved greatly over the past 25 years, but it's amazing the dangers that still exist in some operations. Tube and pipe facilities actually represent a segment of the fabricating world where some of these risks are most obvious. A look at a couple of tube and pipe scenarios proves what some companies try to get away with and how those safety risks can easily be addressed.
July 20, 2015
The Dupps Co., Germantown, Ohio, is a fabricator of heavy-duty processing equipment that has managed to post 2 million work hours without a lost-time accident. For its outstanding safety record, the company was named the recipient of FMA's 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.
May 11, 2015
Complying with OSHA guidelines for manganese exposure during welding may not be doing welders any favors. One Oregon metal fabricator invited OSHA into its shop and to look for ways to reduce the potential of manganese exposure. The combination of low-manganese welding wire and proper ventilation positioning appears to have cleared the air on this subject.
March 24, 2015
Metalworking facilities have to meet basic federal requirements for indoor air quality, but some companies may choose to go beyond that to create a work environment that encourages employee engagement and higher productivity.
February 10, 2015
For the sake of maintaining a safe work environment and keeping the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigators out of business operations, metal fabricators should be aware of the areas where they can improve their own safety performance. OSHA’s citations provide a guide to where the focus should go.
January 28, 2015
Safety catchers prevent a load from crashing down at any position of ascent if a hydraulic or pneumatic pressure system fails, or if a rope, chain, belt, or toothed drive breaks.
January 21, 2015
Selecting a helmet involves more than just pulling one off of a shelf, putting it on, and getting to work. A number of considerations come into play during the selection process — personal safety, wearer comfort, and optical clarity. The latter has moved from something hard to determine without guesswork to something that has true quantifiable benchmarks with the advent of the European Standard EN 379 1/1/1/1.
November 6, 2014
Morality and fear often drive safety investments. People don’t want to see people get hurt, and they don’t want fines from a terrible accident to put them out of business. But there’s another driver that’s sometimes overlooked: efficiency. Safety is an important part of the foundation for efficiency and operational improvement.
November 6, 2014
Developing a total solutions approach to safety, health, and wellness is going to be critical to every employer’s business survival in the future. The best companies will be those that create a culture where everyone feels responsible for identifying, reporting, and reducing potential risks, greatly improving their ability to take proactive corrective action before anything bad happens.
October 30, 2014
All Rite Industries, Lake Zurich, Ill., found success when it added robotic welding capabilities to its high-volume stamping business, but also found that its older fume extraction system couldn't keep up with the new cells. A new ventilation system helped to remove the shop floor haze.
September 29, 2014
When fume extraction equipment is on the fritz, there are definite warning signs present that should alert you to the problem. The more attentive you are to what these warning signs are, and the more familiar you are with how to address these problems, the quicker you can ensure that the health and safety of shop personnel and equipment will be restored.
September 29, 2014
Sue Rollins takes safety personally, and for good reason. The quality assurance manager and safety coordinator at Genzink Steel, Holland Mich., has a life history greatly affected by workplace hazards. To be effective and to convey her message, she makes quality and safety personal.
August 27, 2014
The aging workforce is a complex, multifaceted issue, but it has one immutable fact: There will be more older people working than ever before. Older workers can be incredibly valuable to a manufacturer. They have the experience and skill that this industry craves. But you can’t escape biology. As we get older, the body changes, and the workplace needs to account for these changes. The good news is that these changes not only help older workers, but every employee at the company.
July 21, 2014
A consultant told the management of McAlpin Industries, Rochester, N.Y., that it was only a matter of time before the metal fabricator suffered a major safety incident. That spurred the shop to take steps to create a safety-first environment. Today, McAlpin Industries has been recognized with one of the top safety awards in manufacturing: the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association’s Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.