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Eliminating gaps in PPE -

Eliminating gaps in PPE

September 13, 2013 | By Kristy Giebe

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 -

Safety: The never-ending battle

August 1, 2013 | By Dan Davis

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 -

Keeping up with hazardous communications regulations

April 24, 2013 | By Danielle Gallo

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 -

Managing scrap metal safety

February 28, 2013 | By Shannon DeCamp

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 -

A road map for managing welding fume

February 15, 2013 | By Al Hilbert

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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Three under-the-radar dangers in weld shops -

Three under-the-radar dangers in weld shops

January 16, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Most of us are very familiar with the hazards of breathing in toxic fumes, but here are three not-so-obvious reasons that you need to pay close attention to your dust collection practices.

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Green: The color of safety -

Green: The color of safety

August 3, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Going almost 11 years with only one injury isn't luck. That fabricating operation has taken steps to ensure that safety is considered before anyone undertakes a task on the shop floor. This is how ADM Mechanical, Decatur, Ill., created that environment.

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Making safety a priority -

Making safety a priority

July 16, 2012 | By Kristy Giebe

Welders are exposed to a number of hazards in the shop every day. Because of the inherent dangers that a welding environment can pose, it’s important that you, the welder, in conjunction with shop management, exercise a commitment to personal protection at all times. Carelessness can lead to preventable injury, costing you time away from work or much worse. Ask yourself these three questions to make sure safety is a priority for you and in your workplace.

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advanced fume filtration

Clearing the air for heavy welding

June 28, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Joy Global does some seriously heavy fabrication, welding atop mining shovel components several stories tall. Weld fume control was becoming a problem, so the company installed an innovative, nonlocal fume collection system to help clear the air.

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Big Ass Fans

Beating the summer heat

June 26, 2012

Summertime and the factory is even hotter. Here’s a look at one option for making conditions more tolerable and safer for your workforce.

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Light (based) guarding, serious safety -

Light (based) guarding, serious safety

June 13, 2012 | By Steve Melcher

Companies should consider brake safeguarding in two phases. First, they need to consider all jobs that will be run on the machine; next, they can select a guarding system that will work with all of them.

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Portable Grinders

Depressed-center grinding wheel safety—test your knowledge

June 1, 2012 | By Dave Long, Roger Cloutier

Do you use portable grinders with depressed-center wheels? Are you following the proper safety guidelines? Take this 10-question test and find out.

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The importance of coming home -

The importance of coming home

May 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Minnesota-based E.J. Ajax has been recognized as one of the safest metal stamping plants in North America. It has received this recognition in part by developing good safety practices, requiring PPE, and installing machine safeguards. But most important, both managers and employees have fostered a sustainable safety culture.

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When hot, welding becomes not so hot -

When hot, welding becomes not so hot

February 28, 2012 | By Gary Stubblefield

Welding poles indoors during an summer is not an easy task. New air-cooling technology incorporated into a welding helmet can help.

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Dealing with high forces, metal in motion, hot parts? -

Dealing with high forces, metal in motion, hot parts?

December 21, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

The main topic at the 2011 EDTR Roundtable conference in Wilmington, NC, was safety. Many of the issues involve high forces, metals in motion, and red-hot parts—in other words, topics relevant to any and all tube and pipe producers and fabricators. Editor Eric Lundin summarizes the main hazards and recommended practices for mitigating them.

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