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Ergonomics Drives Work Place Safety and Productivity

Workplace safety at loading and unloading terminals is enhanced when ergonomics is a consideration. SafeRack work platforms and gangways support ergonomic operation and help reduce strain and sprain injury.

We see a lot of loading and unloading terminals, but one thing that impresses us is when leadership engenders a workplace safety culture. True, every company has output requirements to maintain, as well as, EHS and OSHA compliance requirements. However, in our experience, those leaders who place an emphasis on workplace safety are also top performers in OEE and other performance metrics.

Many managers are taking workplace safety a step further and incorporating ergonomics into their safety programs. It's a growing concern among EHS professionals because of an aging workforce.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one in three workers is over the age of 50, and the concern is that the older the worker, the greater the risk of injury.

Regardless of age, ergonomics considerations can significantly reduce the risk of strain and sprain injuries. These injuries are often caused by overexertion. We’ve seen cases where it’s not the aging worker, but aging equipment that causes workers to require more physical energy to operate.

How can you improve industrial and manufacturing ergonomics?

Take a look at your loading equipment and consider ergonomic improvements. Can you adjust the equipment to help it operate with less effort; for example, replacing or lubricating weathered industrial parts that no longer operate with ease?

Consider the age of the equipment and conduct a cost analysis to see if the productivity improvements of replacing the equipment outweigh the costs. Keep in mind that part of the cost includes any downtime. Often we find that aging equipment malfunctions and leads to downtime. For most busy terminals, the costs of downtime are significant and far outweigh replacement costs.

Should you decide to replace equipment, factor in delivery and installation to make sure you minimize any potential downtime or supply disruption. For some terminal operators there's a brief lull during certain seasons when they conduct planned maintenance. If you’re unable to leverage shutdown periods, then consider a supplier who can delivery quickly and whose installation is easy and the process efficient.

Learn more about ergonomic solutions for loading terminals.  Contact SafeRack today!

Design, ease of assembly and installation.

Outstanding delivery time. If it wasn't in stock for immediate delivery, I would have gone to another supplier. SafeRack had the item ready to go. My salesman John Nance is very efficient and responds almost immediately.

This product improves safety for my staff, cutting down their time moving around the yard. This product is weather protected, with no maintenance, plus saves cost on designing, engineering and building in-house. Always a positive experience. Price is good.

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Durable and lightweight design

Every question i had, i received an answer within the same day. SafeRack worked closely with us to provide the correct product for our application. The durability of the load out, and the lightweight design even with stainless make this product great.

We have more than 3 of these loadouts in our plant now, and they have been the most durable and easiest load outs to work with, period.

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Increases safety for our drivers

Dana Brogdon, Lead customer service representative with Molly Laqua, and Aubrey Laqua MEI (installation) worked very effectively together and kept communication lines open throughout the order and even followed up after installation that was earlier than anticipated.

It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be to replace our SafeRack. Increases safety for our drivers, easy access, even a child could operate it.

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Jason McKnight is a superstar!

Jason McKnight is a superstar! He responded to my call for help immediately with a damaged gangway immediately, and got my order placed and shipped in record time! Great Job, Jason!

Kim Anderson followed up right away with an order acknowledgement and details about shipping. Since we were unable to load any trucks until the replacement equipment arrived, their assistance enabled our company to get back out on the road with as little delay as possible. Thanks Jason, Kim and SafeRack!!

Product Description: SAS GANGWAY
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Almost double our productivity

As soon as I placed the call, the salesman was making plans to arrive at our warehouse to help figure out exactly what application was going to work best for my team. He made it to us within just a few days of the initial conversation, and we were able to come up with an extremely safe solution that worked! The equipment purchased was delivered sooner than our salesman originally estimated!

We were able to almost double our productivity after purchase of the MAUI. We love how light this unit is! We also love how compared to other models on the market today, SafeRack has the MAUI that is free standing, lightweight, easy to move in and out of tight areas and is simple to operate.

We search high and low for a good lightweight adjustable platform for our warehouse, if it would not have been for Saferack's durable lightweight engineering, low cost and friendly staff we would still be on the market searching today!

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I felt like I was number one

SafeRack stood behind their product. Working to make sure I received the correct parts. The first person I talked with did not know what my equipment was, "BUT" instead of passing the buck, they found someone who did know and worked with all parties to get the part needed. Great team work. Not everyone knows it all but the great ones know how to find the right people to get the job done. I was very impressed.

Best thing I can say is "follow through". I was not just a number. I felt like I was number one. This does not happen very much anymore. Most places have forgotten the customer is number one. You still have it. Keep up the good work.

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Fall Protection: How keeping workers safe can also keep them productive

Safety and productivity aren't mutually exclusive. While productivity should never come at the safety of workers, when it comes to designing a fall protection or crossover system, ease of use can enhance both safety and productivity. That's what NALCO Energy Services Division found when it worked with SafeRack to develop a gangway and fall protection system aimed at giving workers safe access to unload isotainers.

Engineering Safety and Productivity

The NALCO Freeport, Tex. facility produces raw materials for its other plants. Some of the materials required to produce these raw materials arrive in isotainers, which led to a project with two objectives:

  1. Provide workers with safe access to the tops of isotainers for safe unloading of materials
  2. Enable workers access to the isotainers without being tied off in a harness, and make the solution easy to operate

The first objective was fairly straight forward. However, the second objective is where the SafeRack team worked with NALCO Plant Engineer Bill Brown and his team to design an easy, more productive approach than the harness.

"Safety is definitely number one at NALCO," said Brown. "All of our operations, all of our projects take safety into consideration and it's our number one priority. If it's not safe, we don't do it."

The SafeRack team designed an adjustable safe closure that includes a cage and gangway. Workers can easily lower the safe closure manually over the existing floor atop the isotainer. A gangway is also lowered enabling workers to safely walk onto the top of the isotainer. The closure, which meets OSHA height requirements, was designed to eliminate any gaps between the cage and the existing floor.

"SafeRack was very responsive with their engineering group and their sales force," said Brown. He explained that the engineering collaboration identified NALCO needs and arrived at a viable cost-effective solution to meet those needs.

Learn how you can apply a fall protection system that encourages safety and productivity.

SafeRack comes through AGAIN!

Everyone I dealt with at SafeRack during this emergency did what it took to get our facility back up and runnning in the shortest time possible. The replacement unit bolted on even though it was a new model.

SafeRack comes through AGAIN!

Product Description: (1) Replacement (G4) SAS safe access gangway & safety cage
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I strongly recommend SafeRack

I would strongly recommend the SafeRack brand to anyone requiring safe means to unload railcars and tanker trucks. The systems are designed to be used in many different applications. I was able to get my railcar rack back in service in only a short period of time. It took longer for me to generate a purchase order than it took the parts to ship to me.

Customer sales and field sales help is excellent, could not be more pleased. I've always gotten a quick response back with any question I might have. Good folks to work with!

Product Description: (2) Replacement springs for gangway
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