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When fumes get out of control

September 29, 2014

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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.

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Why safety is personal at Michigan metal fabricator

September 29, 2014

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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.

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How to prepare for the aging workforce

August 27, 2014

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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.

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Safety first at McAlpin Industries

July 21, 2014

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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.

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Spot-on safety tips

May 12, 2014

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Operating a spot welding machine safely requires operator care, proper training, and appropriate safety devices. Without these, you put yourself as risk for myriad injuries.

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Attacking welding fume at the source

March 24, 2014

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Fume extraction guns are a viable alternative for collecting harmful welding fumes and particulate right at the source. They can be used in tandem with another source-capture device or with a localized filtration system. Knowing how they work and how to use them will help yield the best results.

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Shop towels and the unseen danger

January 17, 2014

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Those freshly washed shop towels you may be using to clean your hands in the workplace might be doing more harm than good. A recent study shows just how contaminated these towels can be.

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PPE in fabricating shops

January 2, 2014

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical in a fabricating shop for several reasons, and it is difficult to understand why some people detest and refuse to use it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been instrumental in forcing companies to adhere to safety...

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Control emissions with proper hood design - TheFabricator.com

Control emissions with proper hood design

November 6, 2013

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By effectively controlling harmful process emissions with capture hoods, fabricators can achieve a safe environment for workers as well as obtain process and operational benefits.

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New robotic standards to improve safety and productivity - TheFabricator.com

New robotic standards to improve safety and productivity

November 6, 2013

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As technology has changed and improved, it became necessary to update robotic safety standards. The new R15.06 standard is designed to move to a more quantitative approach to safety and to improve production efficiency by streamlining interactions between users and robotic systems.

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Eliminating gaps in PPE - TheFabricator.com

Eliminating gaps in PPE

September 13, 2013

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Approximately 100,000 Americans suffer serious head injuries on the job each year, and nearly 1,000 American workers suffer job-related eye injuries each day. A common challenge when it comes to PPE compliance for the head, face, and eyes is to ensure health and safety are not sacrificed for efficiency and productivity, or vice versa. Increasingly higher noncompliance rates with PPE protocols is an alarming trend and a serious threat to your overall health and safety. Whether due to economic conditions, flawed safety programs, or attitudes that result in at-risk behaviors, these safety gaps must be addressed.

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Safety: The never-ending battle - TheFabricator.com

Safety: The never-ending battle

August 1, 2013

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A fabricating shop floor can be a very dangerous place even when all types of safety precautions are taken. Fab shops that ignore safety are putting their employees--and ultimately the business--at great risk.

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Keeping up with hazardous communications regulations - TheFabricator.com

Keeping up with hazardous communications regulations

April 24, 2013

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On May 25, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided to align its hazard communication standards with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Most metal fabricators don't realize that they need to update their own shop hazard communications—and they need to do it soon.

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Managing scrap metal safety - TheFabricator.com

Managing scrap metal safety

February 28, 2013

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Cuts, broken bones, and even amputations—these types of injuries are a real possibility for a worker in a metal forming shop even after the final part has been stamped and formed in the press. That's because managing metal scrap, like any other manufacturing operation, requires the establishment of safe work practices.

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A road map for managing welding fume - TheFabricator.com

A road map for managing welding fume

February 15, 2013

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While a process change is the first step in reducing welding fumes, fume extraction and respiratory systems are critical tools for employee health and safety.

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