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Are You Ready for the New Railcar?

New Rules and Regulations Take the Tank-Car Industry by Surprise Throughout the past several years, there’s been a surge in crude oil production and its transport by rail. As a result of these growing demands within the crude-by-rail sector, the industry ramped up production of their DOT-111 tank cars to meet the need. With the
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SafeRack Helps Boeing Reach for the Stars with ErectaStep’s Aluminum Work Platforms

ErectaStep’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 ErectaStep’s metal work platforms and cross over stairs. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is the most advanced space capsule ever built. It can
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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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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 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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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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Crude Oil Transfer by Rail is On the Rise

With more than 9 million barrels of oil pumped every day, oil production in North America is reaching an all-time high (shale oil especially). Even with recent drops in oil prices, the industry has remained not only resilient, but also surprisingly on the incline.

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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.


Crude Oil Facilities: An Introduction to Safety

What does your workday look like? If you’re like most people with a nine-to-five job, you spend your days working in an office, most likely at a desk, on a computer or laptop. Perhaps you also get together with coworkers for meetings or conference calls throughout your day.

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Implementing a Successful Workplace Safety Program

For industries dealing with crude oil, toxic chemicals, heights or dangerous machinery, the workplace poses many potential dangers. While you as the terminal, project or company manager, might not be able to eliminate potential threats, you can certainly work to reduce workplace dangers.

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The Complex Notes of Chocolate Handling

You may not think about it while eating your next chocolate-covered bonbon, but the liquid chocolate that makes a treat, well, a treat had a very long and challenging journey as it found its way to you. Liquid chocolate solidifies when cool, burns easily if too hot and, because it’s meant for human consumption, requires safeguards that ensure continuous hygienic conditions.

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Major OSHA Updates Begin August 1st

(As of July 13, 2016, OSHA has announced that it will delay enforcement of their new anti-retaliation regulations until November 1, 2016. The following blog post has been edited to reflect these changes.) Come August, there will be a new batch of OSHA rules and regulations going into effect. How will you know which ones impact you and how to decipher the new guidelines? Here, we’ve summarized the key updates to note, and what to pay attention to in the coming weeks.

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Summer Weather Safety Tips

Not only does warm weather increase the risk of heat-related illness, it also increases the likelihood of severe weather conditions, including hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, wildfires and more. This blog takes a closer look at the most frequent summer weather hazards, and how to best protect your employees.

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Planning a Fall Rescue Strategy

Not all jobs involve the risk of extreme heights, toxic chemicals, heavy machinery or other hazards. But for those that do, it’s imperative to implement adequate fall protection. According to OSHA, fall protection plans are critical as falls are the most frequent cause of serious injuries and death in the workplace.

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A Better Workplace: Taking Safety to a New Level

For many workers in America, staying safe on the job is a daily topic of concern. From industrial manufacturing to the energy sector, many fields may place workers in situations that heighten their personal safety risk. This is why there are multiple safety guidelines put into place by organizations like OSHA, and why employers can often feel inundated with information on workplace safety.


It’s National Safety Month!

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And there’s no better time than now to focus on preventing workplace injuries — especially since June is the National Safety Council’s (NSC) National Safety Month.

White House Week of Making

A Celebration of Innovation

America loves to make things. Our history is filled with creative, innovative individuals who constantly remind us that progress is always possible. The White House’s Week of Making is held annually to support and celebrate the diversity of American makers, both big and small.

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Happy, Healthy Employees Begin With You

Nothing slows down productivity quite like an on-the-job-injury. Not only does the task at hand stop immediately, but depending on the injury severity, the task could remain stalled for some time. The last thing an employer wants is to injure their workers or call off a job assignment. It hurts employee morale and will cost
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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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The Changing Face of Loading Technology

This day and age, everyone wants to do more with less. It’s the only way to keep afloat in an industry as competitive as crude oil transfer. You’re only as good as your inbound and outbound lanes, and if you can’t efficiently get your raw material in and out, your business will be dead in the water. […]

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Three Reasons Flatbed Fall Protection Is for You

When accidents occur on the job site, productivity is hampered, and injuries may result in more than just lost time. OSHA citations and fines, worker’s compensation, lawsuits and other problems all impact the bottom line. Loading and unloading hazards on flatbed trucks are common causes of accidents, and, when proper safety precautions aren’t taken, those
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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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Loading Racks and Safety Cages: Top Three Benefits to Consider

Loading racks and safety cages help your employees stick to their schedules by providing quick and efficient OSHA- and MSHA-compliant fall protection for your tanker trucks, railcars and iso-tainers. Manufacturers like SafeRack even add a fourth rail for added fall protection, going above and beyond established standards. The racks and cages can be used with
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The Importance of Choosing the Right Vendor

Ultimately, the responsibility for providing a safe workplace falls on the shoulders of employers. But your vendor should be there alongside you to help support this mission. And they should be committed to this task — not just your pocketbook. A safety solutions vendor should be an asset to trust and lean on throughout your
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Essential Steps for Safe and Efficient Truck Spotting

More than a quarter of all large vehicle accidents can be attributed to backing those vehicles up. Over the past decade, hundreds of workers have lost their lives in back-over incidents, and thousands more have been injured. In the book Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection, Second Edition, by Thomas Norman, the author suggests that
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How to Prevent Falls in Tank Storage Operations

From unloading product from trucks to loading it into railcars, terminal tank storage operations can present many safety challenges. And falls are chief among them. Whether you’re transporting crude oil, liquid hydrocarbons, petroleum products or hazardous liquids, you should always be thinking about how to keep your crew safe from falls and other accidents. Falls rank
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Why Some Companies Almost Never Have Environmental Disasters

When the news reports on spills, they’re usually major spills that are having far-reaching consequences. But small and medium occur more often than you might think — making the need for spill containment critical. And every spill has consequences, affecting the environment, wildlife, your team members and your company’s bottom line. All spills are regulated
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How to Select and Integrate Effective Loading Arm Solutions

How to Select and Integrate Effective Loading Arm Solutions

If you’re serious about the safety and reputation of your business, dependable loading arms are worth the investment. While flexible in nature (given their swivel joint technologies), there are other factors to consider before making your purchase. The first is dependent on whether you’re transferring to or from a truck transported tank or rail transported
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Get Rid of Workplace Dangers

Get Rid of Workplace Dangers Once and for All

You don’t have to look too hard to find dangers in the workplace. Some are immediately apparent while others may not be as obvious. But being aware of those dangers is the first step in preventing accidents from occurring as a result. Every workplace differs regarding its potentially hazardous areas. For example, manufacturing has more
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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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7 Ways to Create A Safe Work Environment

Regardless of an organization’s size or industry, creating a safe working environment for employees is likely at the top of most priority lists (and if not, it should be). While accidents still can and do occur despite your best safety efforts, you don’t want the added burden of negligence if one does arise. Take adequate
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9 Avoidable Workplace Health and Safety Hazards

The topic of workplace safety has garnered much public attention recently, due to a set of unfortunate disasters in the Gold King Mine in Colorado and the Sundar Industrial Estate factory in Pakistan. But as these individual catastrophes fade from the news cycle, the awareness of workplace hazards shouldn’t disappear from your business. Whether you
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Cold Weather

6 Ways to Protect Your Workers in Cold Temperatures

When cold temperatures and winter weather set in, it’s time to take additional precautions when managing your outdoor work team. Just as in warm weather, you and your crew should prepare appropriately to ensure climate control and safety at all times. But with the effects of extreme cold, snow or ice, new concerns arise that
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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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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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How to Avoid 5 Common Workplace Dangers

No matter your position or manufacturing sector, common workplace risks lie around every corner. This can include anything from the improper use of equipment or tools to unregulated temperatures to operating without full consideration of your surroundings. It’s up to both the employer and employee to establish and follow workplace safety standards to prevent accidents
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What to Consider When Choosing a Fall Protection System

When you work in an industrial environment, it goes without saying that safety is — and should be — a number one priority. Currently in the UK, falls are the most frequent cause of non-fatal major injuries in the manufacturing sector. And in the US, according to the CDC, more than 700,000 individuals are hospitalized per
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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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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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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 ultimately required
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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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Fall Protection Paramount to Employee Safety

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 its top violation with 6,721 citations for the year. According to the Bureau Labor of Statistics (BLS), fatalities
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7 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety

Our company’s mission is to help industrial workers return home safely from the job every day. So it’s even more imperative that we practice what we preach and ensure that our own safety practices meet or exceed industry best practices. Our own Quality Engineer and Safety Manager George Biggs shares some of his team’s best
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Ergonomics Drives Work Place Safety and Productivity

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
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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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