The first gas stations

The First Gas Station

In the early years of motoring, before dedicated gasoline stations existed, motorists bought gasoline from hardware stores, general stores, pharmacies, and even blacksmiths. These businesses had pre-existing relationships with the refineries through their sale of kerosene, used for stoves and as a lighting fuel. Stored in five-gallon cans stacked curbside or in large above-ground tanks,
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Marine Gangway parts labeled

What is a Gangway?

A gangway is a narrow walkway or platform that provides safe access to a ship, truck, or train. Gangways are typically used for two purposes: to allow passage or people and/or cargo to/from docks, moored marine vessels, or aircraft, or in the maintenance and loading/unloading of land-based trucks and trains. The models used for ships
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Hazmat Placards

Hazmat Placards and UN Numbers: What You Need to Know

Have you ever seen a truck, railcar, container or large tanks at a tank farm and wondered what types of chemicals it was transporting or storing? The answer can be found in its UN numbers and hazmat placards. What Are UN Numbers? Located on the back or sides of trailers or other containers, UN numbers
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Cement TrAsphalt loading platform and top loading armuck Loading Safety Cage

How to Get a Worksite Safety Record to Be Proud Of

In the most recent year statistics were available, over 20 percent of workplace fatalities occurred at construction sites, as logged by the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s one in five worker fatalities in the construction industry alone. Of those fatalities, 58 percent were from what’s dubbed the “Fatal Four” causes of death in construction: falls,
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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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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 they need to load (embark) and unload (disembark) has always been there. The purpose of a gangway is to make access to and from a ship,
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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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Safe Solutions For a Dairy Plant – Project Profile

A dairy company found itself 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
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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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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 new
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being lean and solving for safety

Q&A with a SafeRack Employee: Being LEAN and Solving for Safety

John Lawson, Director of Engineering & New Product Development For over a decade, SafeRack has delivered high-quality, precision-built industrial safety solutions. And we like to always keep a step ahead. But if it weren’t for the savvy minds behind the scenes, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our expert team is continuously working to
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SafeRack Employee Safety

We’re All About Safety

Whether you’re looking at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Laws and Regulations, or applying American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Safety Standards, your business goal should always be to provide a safe working environment. This applies to your employees, people on your work site and also your customers.


Homegrown: How a U.S.-based Manufacturer Thrives in a Global Economy

While many U.S. manufacturers have been forced to move their manufacturing facilities overseas to remain competitive, SixAxis co-founders Rob Honeycutt and Fred Harmon have not only found a way to remain in the United States but thrive as well. In fact, the co-founders have reduced direct labor costs while experiencing rapid sales growth – which
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Westway railcar fall protection

SafeRack Serves Up Safety For Westway Jacksonville (FL) Terminal

When it comes to Railcar Fall Protection, customer service is a key selling point as a liquid storage facility installs several G4 Series fall-protection systems to protect the safety of their workers. SUMTER, SC, July 14, 2009—Eighteen months ago, Westway Terminals, New Orleans, LA, which operates 18 bulk-liquid storage facilities in the United States, 12
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Best Practices for Leak Prevention During Tank Car Loading and Unloading

Following these guidelines can help plant personnel eliminate non-accident releases while loading and unloading tank cars. This guide is intended to assist shippers and receivers of hazardous materials in reducing NARs (non-accident releases) by outlining the recommended methods for the safe loading and unloading of non-pressure, general service, and pressure tanker tuck cars. Due to
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