Loading Arm Operation & Maintenance Training

Upcoming Courses Loading Arm Operation & Maintenance 2-Day Courses: March 26-27 & March 28-29 $950/per person | Andrews, South Carolina This two-day, comprehensive training course combines classroom and in-plant instruction for Loading Arm Operation & Maintenance. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to increase safety, reduce risk, retain critical staff, and improve overall
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Q4 2018 is the Perfect Time to Invest in Safety Equipment

With New OSHA Regulations Taking Effect, Be Compliant While Saving Money With 2018 Q4 Tax Benefits When SafeRack was founded in 2003, we knew that manufacturing companies around the world needed top-notch safety equipment to keep their businesses running safely and successfully. Who knew that our efforts could also help the very same businesses earn significant
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Ohio Winery Access Stairs – Custom Fit, Custom Look

An Ohio winery was looking to gain access to their equipment in a safer and more efficient way. They also wanted to keep the clean and appealing aesthetic of their winery, so whatever equipment they needed had to meet the standards of their facilities. Specifically, they needed to access the tops of stainless steel tanks
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Project Profile – RollaStep as a Scaffolding Alternative.

A large tire manufacturing plant had to regularly access their heat exchangers, a piece of equipment that is used in transferring heat between a solid object and a fluid, or between two or more fluids. Workers needed a work platform to access these heat exchangers for maintenance every 4-6 weeks throughout the year. Each time scaffolding was rented and
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A Propane Facility Crossover Project

Project Profile – A Propane Facility Crossover Project

A propane and natural gas processing company based in the greater D.C. area export facility provided propane to a large section of the country. They found themselves in need of a crossover in order to assist workers in efficiently getting around the facility for maintenance required to upkeep their equipment. After doing some research on
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Aviation Maintenance Platforms – Airline Maintenance Company Says Goodbye to Building In-House Scaffolding

Aviation Maintenance Platforms – Project Profile An airline company’s main responsibility and concern is the safety of its passengers. An industry such as this requires frequent maintenance checks, as well as, repairs. This specific company has been building all scaffolding in-house and has spent countless hours making adjustments to the scaffolding when the height of
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SafeRack Helps Boeing Reach for the Stars w/ AeroStep’s Aluminum Work Platforms

AeroStep’s aluminum work platforms are part of NASA’s initiative to return human spaceflight back to American soil. NASA asked private companies to develop human spaceflight systems – and that’s exactly what Boeing did with the help of AeroStep’s tooling platforms. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is the most advanced space capsule ever built. It can fit up to seven passengers
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Announcing MarinaStep, an innovative line of ship and marine gangways

SafeRack, the world’s largest manufacturer of truck and railcar loading platforms and safety equipment, is excited to announce the latest addition to its premier safe access and fall protection product line. MarinaStep is an innovative line of ship and marine gangways and access ramps, specifically designed for the maritime marketplace.

Dry Disconnect Couplings – Handling Hazardous, High-Value Chemicals Doesn’t Have To Be High Risk

Being able to minimize the amount of harmful chemicals lost during the connection and disconnection of coupling systems offers significant benefits to operators and handlers, but it can also lead to substantial cost savings. High-value chemicals are utilized throughout most manufacturing industries, and the utmost care has to be taken in order to maximize profits
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Powder Coating vs Paint

Powder coating is when a dry polymer finish is applied to a surface that has been chemically or mechanically cleaned to remove dirt, oil, old finishes, and oxidation. Painting is the process of using a liquid solvent to add a pigment and binder onto a solid surface. The drying process is complete when the solvent
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Helping a Large Airplane Manufacturer with Fuselage Maintenance Platforms

A large plane manufacturer needed help getting their employees safe access to plane’s fuselage barrel during production. They considered working with a few different companies to develop a fuselage maintenance platforms but ultimately called on the experts at SafeRack’s Aerostep division to create an access platform for workers to gain access to the fuselage barrel for
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BASF Tanker Gangway

Project Profile: At BASF, A single product provider/installer wins

With a long history of providing products and great customer service, BASF enlisted the help of SafeRack on an urgent project with a tight deadline. Originally servicing larger ships, new requirements brought the need for a dock gangway that could provide safe access to barges, and it was needed quickly. With SafeRack’s MarinaStep gangway products,
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Introduction to Marine Gangways and Which Ones To Use

Gangways used in the marine environment date back almost as far as the existence of boats. Granted the gangways used in 1 B.C. were very basic and unsafe, but the need to load (embark) and unload (disembark) has always been there. The purpose of a gangway is to make the access to and from a
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The Top 5 Positions in Industrial Safety Jobs

There are several safety job positions out there, but this article will cover five of the top ones. We chose them because of the potential they have for career growth — not just in terms of the paycheck you receive, but also in terms of promotions, continuous self-improvement and the amount of opportunities available.

Tank Car Loading and Unloading –  Leak Prevention

Tank Car Loading Guidelines and best practices for plant personnel to help eliminate non-accident releases. This tank car loading and unloading article is intended to assist shippers and receivers of hazardous materials in reducing NARs (Non-Accident Releases) by providing a guide for the proper securement of tank cars. Much of this article is based on the
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Project Profile – Bulk Chemical Loading in a Constrained Work Area

A specialty chemical company located in Virginia was looking for an improved bulk chemical loading solution for accessing the tops of their acid railcars while keeping their employees secure while unloading the chemicals. This seemed like a straightforward task at first, but in doing a site survey, it was discovered the work area was extremely tight and
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5 Truck Loading Rack Essentials For Your Chemical Company

Safety should be top of mind for any manufacturing company, but especially if you’re a chemical company. The materials that your employees handle each and every day in combination with the goals of a company to increase production and efficiencies, can result in dangerous situations if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. And in addition
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Safe Solutions For a Dairy Plant – Project Profile

A dairy company found themselves with a safety challenge. Their employee’s safety was at risk and it was difficult to load, unload and service the company’s milk trucks. Additionally, operators needed to break/check the hatch seals and sample the raw milk for contaminants before getting processed in the plant. The trucks had to be backed into
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What is Galvanized Steel

Galvanizing is one of the most popular methods of coating and protecting metal and is done by applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron. This durable coating prevents rust and corrosion, which makes it safer and increases the useful life of the metal. Galvanizing protects our nation’s critical infrastructure and is one of the
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Made in the USA: More Than Just a Selling Point

Homegrown – How SafeRack Thrives in a Global Economy While many U.S. manufacturers have been forced to move their manufacturing facilities overseas to remain competitive, co-founders Rob Honeycutt and Fred Harmon of SixAxis, the parent company of SafeRack, have not only found a way to remain in the United States but thrive as well. In
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SafeRack’s Statement Regarding Hurricane Harvey

On behalf of the entire SixAxis family, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by this devastating storm. We know for certain that many of our employees, dealers, and customers in the area have sustained significant damage and hardship as a result of this historical disaster. SixAxis is contributing $5,000 to
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Labor Day: A Celebration Of Hard Work

We appreciate our team of dedicated staff, employees and and skilled craftman.             SafeRack’s experience building loading platforms, gangways and loading ramps goes back over 20 years.  We’re leading the industry when it comes to design and innovation for all types of metal stair kits and it is all made
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Railroad Facts… Construction, Safety and More.

Since the first railroads were built almost 200 years ago, locomotive / train design and technology has advanced significantly, from steam powered engines to super-fast maglev trains. Often overlooked, however, is the technology behind the thing that keeps these trains moving in the right direction: the tracks. Railroad track construction has undergone plenty of reform
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ErectaStep Expands Facility and Product Line

ANDREWS, SOUTH CAROLINA —  (August, 16, 2017) – Continuing with their commitment to providing world class stairs and access platforms, today, ErectaStep announces the introduction of three new products designed to fill the demand for higher quality metal stair kit solutions to serve the commercial and architectural marketplaces. ErectaStep is to begin production of four
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Road Tanker Safety – design, equipment and the human factor

Around 25% of all freight hauled in the US is transported in tanker trucks, and of that, nearly half is petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel)*. So, with so much hazardous cargo on the nation’s roads, and the occurrence of cars driving under road tankers not uncommon, why are there so few spillages and
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fall protection

Falls Lead in Workplace Fatalities

The construction industry has been the backbone of American history for centuries, but unfortunately, continues to be one of the most dangerous areas to work. According to the United States Department of Labor, 21.4% of worker fatalities in private industry in 2015 were in construction, totaling over 900 deaths. While vehicle collisions were responsible for some
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Aluminum Or Steel: Which Metal is Better for Your Product?

Within our industrial niche, products can be made out of a wide variety of materials. Each vendor likely has their reasons for choosing a particular type of material to build their products with. And each customer may also have reasons why they prefer one material over another. At SafeRack, we pride ourselves in being one
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The Evolution of the Gas Pump

The Evolution of the Gas Pump It was 1885 in Fort Wayne, Indiana where kerosene pump inventor, S.F. Bowser sold his first, newly invented kerosene pump to the owner of a grocery shop. This was to solve the problem and mess of a storekeeper ladling flammable liquid into whatever random container the customer brought. It
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Being Ready with an Emergency Spill Response Plan

Part 2 of SafeRack’s Spill Prevention and Containment Series. Always be ready with a full clean-up strategy and proper supplies and make sure to familiarize yourself with the types of sorbents that may be needed in these emergency situations. The is a Second Part of a Two Part Series on Spill Prevention and Containment. Part 1 –
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What is a Gangway?

A gangway is a raised platform or walkway that typically provides safe passage to or from a tower, truck, train, or boat. Access gangways are different than other types of walkways and platforms because they usually need to be able to move and readjust their position or rotation to fit the situation for worker passage
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Keeping Edible Oils Clean

How to manage liquid transfer amid growing demand By Graeme Murphy, VP Strategy and Business Development Crude oil isn’t the only oil transferred via truck and rail across our country. Over the last decade, the production of edible oils and fats has grown more than 45 percent — which means, so has the volume being
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The 43 Degrees of Liquid Sulfur

How to stay safe when loading and unloading liquid sulfur By: Graeme Murphy, VP Strategy and Business Development Sulfur is the 10th most abundant element in the universe. It accounts for almost 3 percent of our planet’s entire mass. Or to put it more contextually: If you combined all the sulfur that exists on Earth,
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About the Buying Experience

How one manufacturer streamlined quoting and grew 500 percent in six years. By Tim Heston June 16, 2016 As seen in The Fabricator Magazine Metal fabricators have a history of growing through word-of-mouth. Many companies go for years, sometimes generations, without hiring a single salesperson. It’s just the nature of this manufacturing sector dominated by
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SafeRack Georgetown Business of the Year

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Award Winners

As seen on Southstrandnews.com By Clayton Stairs May 23, 2016 The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce has announced seven award winners to be honored during the 99th Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 9. The award winners are: Lifetime of Leadership — Bob Jewell, outgoing president/CEO of Brookgreen Gardens Young Professional of the Year — Brooke
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Video Game-Like Software Could Revolutionize Custom Manufacturing: Q&A With SafeRack’s Rob Honeycutt

Even in today’s fast-paced economy, it can take manufacturers weeks or months to deliver customized products. The process begins with an initial conversation about what the customer needs, which is then relayed to engineers to see what’s possible. Drafting, pricing and the manufacturing process itself add to turnaround time. Rob Honeycutt’s company, SafeRack, is using
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Industrial Distribution magazine

Safety Products: Spend More To Save More

Fall Protection/Prevention Expert and SafeRack CEO, Rob Honeycutt is featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Industrial Distribution. by Mike Hockett Safety is an issue for everyone in industrial and warehouse environments. That’s why so many distributors offer a safety product line, if not make it their core offering. This month, ID is focusing on
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Tech Trends for 2016

By Matt Lawell February 16, 2016 Drones, virtual reality, augmented reality and the Internet of Things (Industrial and otherwise) will top all sorts of buzzword lists this year. But what about the new manufacturing tech that has been glossed over a little? Here are some of the developments that could help you transform for 2016.
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Don’t Trip Over OSHA Compliance: Adequate Fall Protection Paramount To Employee Safety

As seen on Automation.com, DCVelocity.com and Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation. By Rob Honeycutt, Co-founder, SafeRack February 16, 2016 Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA recently announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015 and fall protection (1926.501) ranks as
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SixAxis robotic arm

Blending Robotics and Employees: A Manufacturing Success Story

Andrews, SC – February 6, 2016 This week the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) reported that the American manufacturing sector had contracted for the fourth consecutive month. Also reported was that manufacturing employment had dropped to a six-and-half-year low. One manufacturer bucking these trends is SixAxis and its manufacturing division of various manufacturing of fall-protection
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South Carolina’s SixAxis Invests $20 Million in Facility Expansion, Jobs

Partnership with State of South Carolina and Georgetown County Aids Manufacturer’s Expansion Andrews, SC – December 10, 2015 SixAxis and its SafeRack division, a manufacturer of loading rack and safety access solutions, have announced expansion plans to support their immediate and long term growth initiatives. SafeRack, the State of South Carolina, and Georgetown County have
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SafeRack people make the difference

SafeRack and Atlatl Growth Brings High-Tech Opportunity to Local Area

Accelerated growth at SafeRack and its sister company Atlatl Software is bringing high-tech manufacturing and software technology jobs to the area. Andrews, SC – September 27, 2014 SafeRack, a leader in custom loading platforms and gangways for truck, railcar and industrial safety applications, and its sister company Atlatl Software, pioneer of the software category Sales
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SafeRack Appoints Jeff Reichert to President

Jeff Reichert has been appointed President of SafeRack loading rack technologies. Andrews, SC – May 14, 2014 SafeRack, an industry leader specializing in loading rack technologies for trucks, railcars and industrial safety applications, announced the appointment of Jeff Reichert to President. The announcement was made by co-founders Fred Harmon and Rob Honeycutt who said, “Jeff
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Methods for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Non-Pressure and Pressure Tank Cars

From Pamphlet 34 – January 18, 2013 [https://www.aar.org/Documents/BOE/AAR%20CPC-1245%20Pamphlet%2034.pdf] Preface This document presents general guidelines for the selection of tank cars and recommended procedures for loading and unloading of the cars. It is not a complete and comprehensive set of methods, instructions or procedures applicable for all situations and car types. Each user company is encouraged to
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