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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!

Kelso Technologies Inc.: Business Development Alliance With SafeRack

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - Kelso Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KLS)(OTCQX:KEOSF) - The Company reports that it has formed a strategic business and engineering alliance with SafeRack Loading Rack Technologies ("SafeRack"). The goal is to incorporate Kelso's one-bolt Kelso Klincher(R) Manway ("KKM") technology as an integral part of a new generation of high-capacity crude oil loading terminal systems designed and provided by SafeRack. SafeRack is the leading expert in crude oil and liquid natural gas loading terminal engineering, procurement and construction services for the railroad and trucking industry.

Under the arrangement Kelso and SafeRack have successfully developed and tested a fully functional loading arm adaptor that fits both the KKM and older hinged 6 and 8 eye-bolt manways currently in service on tank cars in North America. The adaptor attaches permanently to the existing loading arm apparatus and connects the loading arm to any existing manway in service today. The adaptors are a minimal expense when measured against the substantial capacity gains they will produce hence addressing the concerns of additional capital expenditures required to convert loading terminals that top load HAZMAT.

SafeRack and Kelso are currently educating HAZMAT shippers on the compelling economic advantages and operational benefits for the commercial adoption of the KKM which include:

Read more at the Wall Street Journal Online: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140320-907908.html

Rapid Response Sells Premier Modified Asphalt On SafeRack

Expedited delivery of G4 Series gangway system results in one happy asphalt manufacturer

asphalt loading racks

Premier Modified Asphalt, Phoenix, AZ, chose the SafeRack G4 Series Gangway for its asphalt and emulsion loading rack due to its ease-of-use and the company’s extremely fast turnaround time.

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Terminal Needs OSHA fall protection system

Storage terminal operators need a fall-protection plan

OSHA fall protection systems

To the well-known list of the unalienable American rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness you can add one more: a safe and healthful workplace for all employees. From tank truck drivers to loading rack operators, workers want, and are entitled to, appropriate protection from workplace hazards.

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