Monthly Archives: September 2013

Carbis loading skids keep bulk liquid handling workers safe

When material handling workers need to move caustic and dangerous liquids from one area or mode of transport to another, there are several risks involved that could jeopardise their safety and even lead to much higher workplace injury costs.

However, Carbis Incorporated has developed loading skids that focus on the safe handling of such dangerous liquids.

Whether handling biodiesel, ethanol or caustic substances like chemicals, these workers can be exposed to serious risks. Safework Australia has outlined what dangers are present when workers operate around dangerous liquids, which range from chemical reactions to explosions and fires.

The petroleum and chemical manufacturing industries contain some of the most dangerous bulk liquids hazards. Biodiesel bitumen and other petrols can generate extremely harmful – and flammable – gasses.

The group recommended that any operation where workers handle caustic liquids should “consider installing automated systems to dispense or transfer chemicals between containers”. It also suggests wearing all necessary protective equipment.

Carbis’ loading skids are the solution to this safety problem. These products offer workers the safest possible access to material movers, transferring bulk liquids quickly, efficiently and safely.

The mobile transloading access system features carts that can perform chemical transfers that meet industry and federal compliance standards. The products use pump and metering systems, loading arms and hose handlers to keep workers safe from liquid exposure.

Pump & Metering Skids

Pump & Metering Skids
Full Range of Loading and Unloading Skid Systems Available from Carbis

Further ensuring employee safety, all transloading access systems focus on fall prevention as well, and are built with non-skid surfaces, handrails and safe fold-out access ramps.

By implementing pump and metering skids built by Carbis, businesses can rest assured that the mechanics and electronics of the product are backed by the company’s commitment to quality. Moreover, all system parts are thoroughly tested at the factory to ensure customer satisfaction.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Cleaning up the mess with Carbis products

Around the world, rail cars that are involved in hazardous material spills, such as waste, oil or chemicals, draw serious attention, and the fines and claims lodged afterward can lead to enormous costs.

However, it isn’t always the high-profile spills that can be extremely costly and potentially damaging to a company’s reputation. Even minor spills that occur at docking stations can lead to serious penalties and fines, depending on which regulations are not complied with.

Railcar operators can mitigate the risks of these spills with the right products from Carbis Incorporated, which are designed specifically for the railcar industry.

This spill containment equipment is an effective way to clean up any spills or drips that may occur during material handling processes. The pans fit easily into all rail cars and loading/unloading areas, and facilities managers can rest assured they are in full compliance with environmental regulations.

Carbis spill containment system

Carbis spill containment system

Like all Carbis products, these pans can be uniquely designed for any facility. However, all units come standard with a few key features. The pans can be installed from end-to-end on rails, so no area is left unprotected, and are manufactured with high-gauge carbon steel for added strength.

Depending on facility managers’ preferences, the pans can be made out of galvanised or stainless steel or aluminium – all of which are much stronger and longer-lasting than traditional fibreglass

Further demonstrating how Carbis’ spill containment systems can be tailor made for any operation, the systems that are available include a center pan and two side pans that are linked together by a drain, providing ultimate coverage. However, center pans can be used alone if it is necessary.

With the right investment in Carbis’ spill containment products, businesses can significantly lower the chance of having to pay hefty fees and penalties related to environmental regulatory compliance.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Understanding the risk of falls during work on flatbed trucks

Fall prevention and hazard mitigation is obvious when workers operate at serious heights.

Platforms that are several stories in the air or staircases that workers use to reach the tops of silos or towers are most commonly associated with fatal or injurious workplace accidents. But many organisations tend to overlook the inherent dangers found in work that is performed at less-dizzying heights.

A fall from any height is considered one of the most serious forms of workplace injuries in all Australian workplaces. This, however, includes relatively simple tasks such as stacking shelves, repairing low roofs or – in many cases in the transport industry – loading and unloading flatbed trucks.

The Queensland government has been especially vocal about warning employers of the dangers of falls from relatively low areas. One report stated that all designers, manufacturers, suppliers and installers of plant structures must create products that feature fall prevention in some form.

“Workers have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that they do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons,” read the report, issued by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

“Workers must comply with any reasonable instruction given by the person conducting the business or undertaking”

For the transport industry, this may mean integrating Carbis’ flatbed fall protection systems. These solutions let workers safely access a flatbed’s uneven and unsteady working surfacers, and can also let the employee climb on top of a loaded trailer without the chance of falling.

Carbis Canopy

Carbis Canopy

Many times these heights won’t exceed one or two metres, however reports have shown this is more than enough room to cause injuries. With the right Carbis flatbed tarping platforms or overhead tarping systems, you can keep workers safe and ensure on-time deliveries.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Keeping your operations going with Carbis’ structural products

When industrial facilities need to make significant structural changes to their design, such as adding new stair towers, platforms and catwalks, pipe racks or canopies, many fear the downtime could wreak havoc on productivity.

However, businesses that have undertaken such projects by consulting Carbis Inc. have found that not only can the company build crucial industrial structures that focus on safety, they do so on-time, guaranteed.

Customers say Carbis’ on-time guarantee helps them plan around the construction phase of adding new industrial equipment, keeping uptime to its maximum. Companies can choose from either pre-designed structures or fittings that are custom-made and unique to any facility.

While many organisations say quick build times and quality products can’t go together, Carbis has developed strategies that ensure strong and well-crafted structures that meet all regulatory compliance safety measures. The engineers on staff can look over any facility to determine exactly what structures would improve productivity the most and increase employee safety.

The company maintains its strict timetables by constructing the bulk of the structure off-site, then shipping it in modular components for simple bolt-up installation.

Stair towers, for example, can be extremely hazardous for industrial workers. But when fall prevention measures are integrated with the initial design of the stairs and rails, it can create a safety net like no other.

Stair Towers

Stair Towers
OSHA Compliant and Multi-Level to Fit Your Needs

Carbis’ stairs are made of galvanised steel and feature fall prevention through mid rails, top rails and no large gaps between any of the steps. Businesses can choose between a paint or powder coat over the steel, and the stairwells can extend up to any height necessary.

In addition to meeting federal or state requirements, Carbis structures can be customised to meet the needs of any standards individual plants or corporations have.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Avoiding costly falls during truck unloading projects

If a transportation company were to boil down operations to the two most important factors, many would agree they would be workplace safety and productivity.

Carbis had this in mind when designing its suite of single hatch truck access platforms, which can be tailor-made to several operations. The single hatch solution, for example, makes it easier and safer than ever to reach hatches on both rail cars and tanker trucks.

Truck Access Platforms - Single Hatch

Truck Access Platforms – Single Hatch

One of the best perks of these systems is that they can be installed on existing infrastructure, relieving companies of unnecessary expenditures on demolition and extra construction. This also significantly decreases downtown, and in turn, boosts productivity.

Carbis’ truck loading platform solutions feature fall prevention equipment and loading arms that are designed to work seamlessly with each other. These functions are paired with a large cage that keeps workers protected from any workplace hazards without constricting them to a small working environment.

With more than 40 years of experience, Carbis has mastered the entire design and construction process. The platforms can be assembled extremely quickly, helping businesses save both time and money, and there are several construction options available.

What once took several loading platforms to accomplish can now be done with the right customised Carbis truck loading platform. Not only does this free up floor space in loading and unloading areas, less infrastructure means lower costs on overall maintenance and repairs.

The product is made with galvanised steel that is impervious to corrosion, although other materials can be used if necessary. Similarly, the platforms come in three standard sizes, however they can be tailored to any operation depending on its specifications.

Companies all over the world have turned to Carbis’ solutions to improve workplace safety, comply with federal standards and lower overall operating costs.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Safe access to any ship on any dock

For some docking and shipping applications, permanent gangways and access ladders work well to ensure employees can easily move between docks and boats.

However, more often than not, these operations will require non-permanent dock access systems that can be easily installed and removed whenever necessary. These types of gangways are ideal for any organisation whose workers embark or disembark on ships, barges or tankers on a regular basis.

Removable gangways also make it easier than ever to remain flexible, which is crucial for any operation that must move regularly with the tide. Considering ship decks also come in several heights, these gangways make it easy to access any vessel, no matter its size.

All this suggests that every docking system is unique and thus gangways will need to match these conditions. For many, Carbis Inc.’s solutions have solved all of these problems at an extremely affordable cost.

The company’s stage gangways come in several sizes and feature rigid handrails that make it safer than ever to get from one area of a dock to another. By using a rope handrail, Carbis was able to keep the overall weight of the product down, making it extremely portable.

Bowed Truss Gangway

Bowed Truss Gangway
Provide non-permanent dock access.

If necessary, employees can easily install rollers on the dockside of the gangway, so that any movement from the ship is absorbed by the structure. This is just another level of safety that will lower the chances of employee accidents.

Moreover, Carbis’ gangways can be outfitted with a slip resistant coating and angled cleats, which are all part of the company’s fall prevention solution.

By focusing on the right gangway, businesses can see higher safety, lower downtime and ultimately larger revenue streams.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Improving customer satisfaction with full rail enclosures

When railway traffic has to wait for slow loading and unloading operations, it ultimately affects the customers at the end of the line and overtime can lead to poor satisfaction among these end-users.

However, Carbis Inc. has developed a solution that can keep trains running on time and, in turn, customers happy with delivery times. The company’s custom rail car safety products and solutions focus equally on safety and productivity – both of which can save an organisation money in the long run.

Because every loading situation is different, operations must have fall prevention solutions made for several types of rail cars and loading environments. Carbis can develop a product that fits well at any operation and can be raised and lowered to account for any sized rail car.

Carbis’ Full Rail Car Enclosures are one of the best ways to ensure safety and maximise productivity. These platforms give workers access to all parts of rail cars, with fall prevention mechanisms on hand.

Carbis Safety gangway

Carbis Safety gangway

By deploying such a system, loading and unloading companies can keep workplace safety costs down, improve the time it takes to access rail cars, get trains on their way faster and significantly improve customer satisfaction ratings.

There are several options when it comes to choosing a full rail car enclosure. When choosing a system, businesses can decide between cages for couples or uncoupled rail cars, or cages can be connected to other gangways already in place to make employee access even easier.

Carbis ensures such strong safety measures by designing and manufacturing both the platforms and the fall prevention systems. This creates a seamless connection between the two, improving safety and productivity at the same time.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

The high cost of injuries in the transportation and storage industries

For businesses operating in the transport and storage industries, safety should be paramount during any operation.

Not only does this give your employees a much safer environment to work in, but it is one of the best ways to avoid the unnecessary high costs associated with employee injury.

The most recent analysis of workplace injuries in the transport and storage sector, performed by Safe Work Australia, shows that injuries cost the sector about $2.5 billion in the 2008-2009 year.

Seven cases were reported in this period, and coupled with the $2.2 billion that was spent on diseases among industry workers, this amounted to a cost of about $105,800 per case.

These per-case costs are among the highest of any industry, highlighting the need for businesses to focus on employee safety as a way to cut these exorbitant expenses.

In the transport and storage industry, safe operations and the right equipment go hand in hand. Products from Carbis Inc., for example, can help companies lower the chances of accidents during any loading task or when workers need to access trucks and trailers.

Carbis’ portable platforms make it easy for any organisation to take control of fall hazards by using galvanised steel, 16-inch foam-filled wheels, an aluminium access ladder and a fall prevention cage.

Carbis TC10 Freestanding ladder

Carbis TC10 Freestanding ladder

All of these features make it simple to access hatches found all over tanker trucks, and the adjustable height of the ladder means work can be done on trucks of any height. The platform can be easily moved into place because of its tight turning radius, and rubber bumpers will keep the tops of trucks safe from scratches and dents.

Remember, the transport and storage industry doesn’t have to be a dangerous one if the correct equipment is used properly.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Efficiency is key in airport ground operations

At virtually any airport around the world, ground handling operations can make or break a facility’s reputation as a punctual and efficient hub.

Often, this efficiency comes down to the equipment that is used on the ground, and how familiar workers are with these products. Because ground handling tasks are extremely diverse, crews often look for equipment that is versatile and can be applied to several situations.

Over the past decade, it has become even more important for airlines and airports to focus on efficiency and cutting passenger wait times. This trend has arisen as technology has been developed that gives companies the opportunity to leverage huge amounts of data, including passenger feedback.

Despite the heavy nature of ground transport equipment, one report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that flexibility is one of the best ways for airports to achieve maximum efficiency.

This is what makes the stairs and stands available from Carbis Incorporated such a strong investment for any airport ground crew. In addition to offering flexibility, the company’s access stairs and equipment offer the utmost in fall protection to keep any workforce safe.

The B-1 stand, for example, can be used for several aviation applications and can be raised or lowered for work on airplanes no matter their size.  Complete with a 4′ x 4′ slip-resistant platform at the top of the stairs, the product gives workers plenty of space to conduct their work safely.

B-1 Stands

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The stairs are made of aluminium, which makes them strong enough to stand up to all stresses of the job yet light enough to be easily manoeuvred around the tarmac.

Airport ground operations rely on a strong workforce and the right equipment, so it’s crucial to invest in access stairs that are easy to use and will keep workers safe.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Don’t let ladders lead to legal trouble

Occupational safety and health regulations often focus on falls from heights and how to avoid them, considering that they are some of the most common and fatal workplace accidents in several industries.

However, for many occupations, scaling heights and accessing dangerous areas can’t be avoided. For jobs like this, it’s best to use custom-made fixed ladders and fixed ladder cages, which allow workers to move about elevated areas freely without the risk of falling.

Fixed ladders can be made to fit any raised surface and are installed by professionals. When the ladder itself is positioned several stories above ground, such as on oil rigs or docking equipment, it’s best for it to have a fixed cage as well that keeps workers from falling.

But ladders that are fixed several metres above the ground aren’t the only areas of concern for safety.

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council found that surfaces don’t have to be very high to become a serious threat to workers. While the severity of injuries indeed rises in correlation with the height from which an employee falls, this doesn’t mean employers can put off fall protection on lower structures.

To address this issue, Carbis developed several lines of fall prevention platforms, crossovers and dyke bridges that give workers access to difficult-to-reach areas that often require inspection.

Fixed Ladders | Truck Loading Racks | Fall Prevention Equipment

Fixed Ladders | Truck Loading Racks | Fall Prevention Equipment

So far in 2013, there have been 114 workplace deaths, compared to the 212 that happened throughout 2012. The transport, postal and warehousing sector has seen 28 deaths so far, while the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries have reported 27 deaths.

Employers can do their part to keep these numbers down by investing in the right infrastructure that puts employee safety first, but still has a major impact on improving productivity and operational efficiency.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment