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3 Signs You Need More Than Safety Equipment

3 Signs You Need More Than Safety Equipment – You Need Services

Discover three signs you need services as well as safety equipment.

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Safety equipment alone probably isn’t enough to protect your workers, your infrastructure and your company’s productivity. You also need to make sure that your equipment and services are a good match for your needs and integrated with your larger business.

Here are three signs you need a more comprehensive solution than your current safety equipment:

  1. Your Safety Equipment No Longer Reflects The Work Environment
    On many work sites, the loading equipment and safety equipment have been purchased from different suppliers. For example, let’s say you plan to purchase a loading arm built by one company, and already have a loading rack with fall prevention purchased from another supplier.When you’re focused on choosing the best equipment, you might consider factors specific to the loading arm, such as the swivel joints, seal material and break-away devices, as well as the technology behind systems for vapor recovery and overfill prevention.

    Unfortunately, this focus on equipment makes it easy to miss the larger picture: Will the loading arm work with your existing truck or rail car loading racks? What happens if you upgrade your loading racks in the future?

    Integrating the loading arm into a loading rack facility is often quite complex, and as you purchase individual pieces of safety equipment over time, your work site gradually changes. Eventually, your safety equipment may no longer meet your company’s needs. To avoid these complications, look beyond equipment alone to manufacturers that provide integrated safety solutions.

  2. Your Site Or Company Has Expanded
    Your company’s current safety equipment may work well and comply with OSHA standards, but what happens if your work site doubles in size, or your company grows rapidly through mergers and acquisitions? You need some way to align a diverse collection of safety equipment and procedures.In the industrial manufacturing industry, mergers and acquisitions were up in the second quarter of 2015, compared to the previous quarter and this time last year, according to a recent report by PwC. Nearly two-thirds of those deals were in emerging markets, which is well above the typical percentage. When your company makes a deal to expand overseas, regulatory differences may create new challenges for maintaining employee safety and compliance.
  3. You’ve Had Recent Accidents Or Close Calls
    An accident is usually a sign that your current safety equipment isn’t providing enough protection. Accidents tend to spark a flurry of activity, as the company attempts to head off a PR nightmare. Repeat violations or close calls are equally serious, and give you the chance to make improvements before a tragic accident occurs. In either case, it’s important to consider a more comprehensive approach, bringing equipment and services together for a complete safety solution.

The first step in choosing the proper solution is to find a consultant who takes the time to learn your business. Ask a potential vendor or consultant how far they will go to understand your situation and process, along with your goals as a business.

A great vendor invests the necessary time to dig into your operations, workflows and parameters, and then uses those insights to design a customized solution that goes far beyond safety equipment alone.

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Keep National Safe Work Australia Month in mind

October may be on its way out, but there’s still time to ensure your business is doing its part to raise awareness of National Safe Work Australia Month and take part in any of the several activities going on around the country. Last years’ inaugural program was such a success, Safe Work Australia felt it would have to repeat the month-long awareness campaign, and so far it has gone swimmingly. The theme for 2013 has been “Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture”, which was chosen to reflect the need for better safety to come from within organisations themselves. Last year’s event was a major hit, with a record 699 people registering as Safety Ambassadors. This year, the group hopes to encourage 800 people to sign up, which would likely have a huge impact on safety improvements in Australia’s workplaces.

Fall Prevention Equipment, Mobile Platform Ladders and Height Access Solutions

CARBIS Australia is The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment, Mobile Platform Ladders and Height Access Solutions.

When the program got off the ground, Safe Work Australia Chair Ann Sherry spoke on how it important it is for companies to strive to win the 2013 Safety Ambassador of Year Award. “Building on the success of last year’s Safe Work Australia Week this year’s celebrations have been extended to a month in October,” Ms Sherry said. “Every workplace in Australia should focus on improving health and safety during October to reduce the incidence of death, injury and disease. “I encourage everyone to get involved in promoting safety at work during safety month. A great way is to register as a Safety Ambassador in your workplace.” One of the best ways to ensure employee safety in an industrial setting is to invest in the right infrastructure that not only improves productivity and eliminates or reduces downtime, but keeps workers safe through fall prevention strategies.

CARBIS Australia is The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment, Mobile Platform Ladders and Height Access Solutions.

Don’t let the elements stop your loading and unloading business

The best facilities are able to load and unload trucks and rail cars, regardless of what the weather is – be it rain, snow, sleet or direct sunlight.

One of the easiest ways to ensure operations can go on no matter what the elements are like is to introduce a canopy, which can be a part of any new facility plans or easily integrated with existing infrastructure.

A good industrial canopy will not only let your business perform well no matter what the weather is doing, it can also keeps any products free of contaminants. Without a canopy, moving parts may be compromised when water or other drainage materials enter them.

This makes such a structure an ideal choice for a number of different operations. Whether it’s for tank/hopper cars or trucks, seatainers or any other form of transportation, canopies can be easily installed and last for years.

When you purchase a canopy through Carbis Australia, you can be sure that the product will be designed specifically to your facility so it integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure. These canopies come in either single or double-sided designs, and can include skirts if desired.

Protect your operators and products from the elements while loading and unloading.

Protect your operators and products from the elements while loading and unloading.

If needed, a company can adopt a full enclosure model designed to meet unique requirements of any particular site. Not only does this ensure work goes smoothly, but  will also lead to higher levels of safety in the workplace.

These canopies are available in either aluminium or several types of steel, including galvanised, mill or painted. Fibreglass units are also available.

All factors are taken into consideration, including the potential for damaging wind and storms. This ensures the structures will stay strong no matter what the weather brings.

Cover all your bases with freestanding mobile access ladders

If you’re running any kind of business that requires regular access to trucks, rail cars or other modes of transportation, you’ll not only need the right equipment, but products that ensure the highest level of employee safety possible.

Although some operations may use stationary infrastructure that is tailored exactly to the types of trucks and rail cars that will pass through, others need more versatile equipment that can account for carriers that come in various sizes.

Often, these products will also need to be mobile, which is often the case when dealing with trucks that may park anywhere in an unloading region.

TC10 - Portable Truck and Rail Access Fall Protection Platform

Fall Safety Supplied with Truck Access and Rail Access Fall Protection Platforms from Spacepac Industries

One of the best options for these mobile platforms is the Carbis TC10 Free Standing Mobile Access Ladder.

With an interchangeable safety cage, the ladder can be used for a wide range of vehicles and rail cars. Demonstrating its versatility, all of these cages use the same base and ladder, cutting down the number of equipment items – and total costs – you need to get the job done.

The robust design can work with virtually every sized struck or rail car,  with options available for a standard cart and a side mount cart, which can move laterally as well as vertically.

All ladders are manufactured to meet the most stringent Australian safety standards, and come with a certificate to prove so. Carbis will even design custom variations for any business, provided the company turns in a detailed drawing of what must be delivered.

All products are designed with an aluminum flat-step extension ladder with open serrated metal plank steps to ensure all employees keep their grip when climbing.

By focusing on employee safety and versatility, businesses can see huge cost savings through better equipment.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Warehouse safety improved with powered tarping systems

Health and safety is an important issue in any business, but warehouses must be particularly careful due to the heavy manual labour often involved.

Injuries in the workplace can result in employees being out of commission for long stretches of time, while also opening up your operation to legal issues.

Recent research from Monash University and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) found that even small injuries could see staff taking considerable time off work.

This is due to general practitioners (GPs) being more likely to order ill or injured personnel to stay away from the workplace, rather than recommending less strenuous duties.

Fewer than 25 per cent of GPs in Victoria advised workers to return to work, with ISCRR chief executive Dr Alex Collie saying: “These days lost are … highly relevant to the growing debate around the productivity of our workforce.”

Carbis Overhead Tarping System

Keep Your Feet on the Ground

If your business is keen to avoid the ramifications of warehouse accidents, you may wish to consider investing in Carbis’ tarping systems.

These technologies use an industrial strength electric winch to pick up the tarp and pull it across the whole of the trailer.

A spreader bar attaches to the tarp through two clips, enabling your workers to quickly and easily complete their loading tasks.

Using a handheld remote, employees can get the winch moving with a simple click of a button.

A tension reel ensures the power cable remains taut and the track is designed to be longer than the trailer, making tarping out-of-position flatbeds a breeze.

Investing in safety equipment such as this saves time and money by reducing the chance of back strain and the falls associated with climbing loads.

Available as a freestanding structure or connected to an existing unit, Carbis’ tarping systems can also be altered to your specific requirements.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Handrails can make all the difference for safety during rail car access

To streamline operations, managers in charge of rail car loading and unloading operations must install infrastructure that gives workers access to every hatch available.

However, in doing so, serious fall risks may arise that could lead to employee injuries, and in turn, much higher costs associated with workers compensation and similar expenses.

Lifeline systems are often used during such operations to keep workers safe, but many businesses say they have run into serious issues when implementing these safeguards. For one thing, installing them leads to unproductive downtime.

These systems also require frequent inspection to ensure they are up to speed, and they have even proven to be ineffective at lowering injury rates due to certain types of falls.

Hopper Car Handrail

Rail Car Safety Improved with Hopper Car Handrail Fall Prevention System from Sam Carbis Solutions Group, LLC

Instead of lifelines, many companies are turning to infrastructure solutions such as handrails to keep workers safe during rail car access operations. Carbis Inc.’s Rail Enclosures and Hopper Handrail systems are the best way to keep productivity at its highest without putting workers at risk of falls.

Keeping workers safe and boosting throughput should be the top priorities for any company that performs rail loading and unloading work. Carbis‘ handrail system lowers onto the top of the vehicle as soon as it is in place, providing fall prevention from every angle.

The equipment also ensures employees have 100 per cent mobility, making it easier to perform quality, quick work. Lifelines can get in the way of employees, hindering their ability to get tasks done. These systems are ideal for any work that requires access to coffin lids on top of cars or any other hatch.

All these features help operators achieve the highest productivity possible while preventing dangerous and costly falls.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Maintaining safety with any ship access and loading system

Regardless of the exact type of work that is being performed, operations that require ship access and loading should always maintain a strong focus on safety, considering the many serious hazards that exist in the industry.

In addition to putting your employees at risk, running an unsafe operation can lead to enormous costs associated with state and federal rules and regulation.

Some of the most common additional costs shipping and loading companies must pay for include noncompliance with equipment maintenance, failure to take precautions to promote employee health and safety, and hazards related to slips, falls and pinch points.

Carbis Ship Towers – Ship Access Systems & Loading

Gain Safe Access to Ship of all Shapes and Sizes

Companies can mitigate these risks by using the right infrastructure, such as custom designed ship access and loading systems from Carbis Inc. These structures are built to eliminate the chances of slips and falls caused by standing water or corroded materials, and each solution is designed specifically around the needs of the company.

Tower gangways, for example, can be manufactured to be either telescopic, fixed or work alongside an elevator, and they are all built to last with aluminium. This material makes them lightweight, durable and resistant to the weather and ocean water.

Each tower can be designed to fit various sizes of ships and also to handle large tidal shifts. Depending on the company’s preference, hydraulic, crane and pneumatic systems are all available.

Carbis’ towers also come with several mounting options. With track mounting, employees can move the tower all around the dock so it can be used on several barges that are in port at once. The tower mounting option is ideal for changes in loading and unloading movement, while pivot mounting gives businesses the opportunity to access various parts of a single ship.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Fall prevention with Carbis Hopper Car Handrails

Every business that involves employees working from height will know that the onus is on the company to ensure the proper safety equipment and procedures are in place.

According to Safe Work Australia, falls pose a significant risk of death and serious injury in the workplace, making it a priority for enterprises to closely examine their existing set-up to see if improvements can be made.

Hopper Car Handrail | Rail Enclosures | Rail Car Safety

Fall prevention with Carbis Hopper Car Handrails

This is where Carbis Incorporated safety equipment comes in, offering high-quality products such as Hopper Car Handrails, which enable operators to quickly and safely access the hatches at the top of a rail car.

Often, organisations implement a lifeline system for rail car access, but these have a number of problems.

Not only are they time-consuming, they require frequent maintenance and inspection, and are rarely extremely effective at stopping falls.

With Carbis’ Hopper Car Handrails, a business’s personnel are completely safeguarded and throughput is maximised, ensuring optimal performance.

Removing the lifeline system also enables your employees complete freedom to move around when doing their job, but still guarantees a safer working environment.

The benefits of Hopper Car Handrails

Carbis’ full Hopper Car Handrail solutions operate at a higher level than lifeline systems and here are just some of the reasons why.

·      Fall prevention when accessing coffin lids on the top of cars
·      Operators boost their job productivity
·      Easy vehicle spotting is provided
·      Ultimate safety for workers who must access multiple hatches at the same time

Businesses that invest in Hopper Car Handrail systems and Rail Enclosures also benefit from these features:

·      complete 42-inch high handrail, midrail and toe-board enclosure
·      a self-leveling gangway, which can be operated either through manual procedures or via pneumatic processes
·      a padded lower edge that protects vehicles from damage

Contact Carbis today to get more information on the best safety equipment for your specific needs.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

The right products for moving ethanol/biodiesel

As economies around the world continue to shift toward more sustainable operations, the demand for “green” fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, has skyrocketed.

Any company that focuses on the synthesis, movement, refinement or distribution of petrochemicals or other liquid fuel sources would be remiss not to start working with the fuel sources. A recent report from Environmental Entrepreneurs found that US biofuels capacity for 2013 is at 1 billion gallons of gasoline equivalent.

This number is expected to rise to between 1.4 billion and 1.6 billion by 2015. The fuel source has prompted 159 companies to construct 160 commercial facilities dedicated to biofuels.

It’s clearly in chemical and fuel company’s best interest to capitalise on demand for biofuels. Carbis Inc. has noted this rising interest in the new fuels, and has developed several products that make it easier for companies to work with these materials.

Loading and Offloading Fluid Skid Systems

Carbis Loading and Offloading Fluid Skid Systems

Carbis has developed a program that lets it skid-mount any loading and metering system, regardless if it’s used for loading or unloading skid systems for tank trucks and rail cars, fuel transfers or similar tasks.

The fluid handling systems are also ideal for moving and transferring ethanol, which has also grabbed the attention of environmental groups around the world. This fuel source can be made from several forms of feedstocks, including grain, sorghum, hemp, barley, potatoes and others. These fuels burn extremely clean, so they comply with many of the world’s stringent emissions regulations.

Perhaps best of all, Carbis designs these structures specifically to meet the needs of unique loading and unloading facilities. Using a compact design, Carbis’ products take up less floor space in any given plant or warehouse, and require very little maintenance.

Altogether, this means a more productive operation and a better bottom line.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Folding stairs can increase safety and boost business

Facility managers can tremendously expand their businesses if they can cater to trucks or rail cars of several different sizes and shapes.

However, adding these variables into any operation can create new safety hazards that could put employees – and profitability – at risk.

Both of these issues can be addressed with the right infrastructure, which is exactly what Carbis Inc. set out to do when it designed its folding stairs products. By integrating these structures into an existing loading or unloading operation, facility managers can ensure safe access to trucks or rail cars no matter what size they are.

Carbis Folding Stairs

Safety Access Gangways from Sam Carbis Solutions Group, LLC Handle Variations in Vehicle Height

The stairs also give workers a completely even tread with every step. Carbis’ folding stairs come with a self-leveling tread function that makes it quick, safe and easy for workers to access hatches regardless of where they are located.

The systems can be integrated into existing infrastructure, however many organisations have seen substantial benefits from incorporating them into their plans for new structures.

Built with an adjustable tension spring, operators can raise and lower the gangway easily and quickly. Carbis works with companies to ensure the stairs fit to the exact specifications of any company’s facility, and depending on the customer’s needs, can come in aluminium, stainless steel or other forms of treated steel.

The stairs are built to withstand any conditions the weather can bring, and with a 500-pound capacity, can meet the demands of just about any project.

As further testament to Carbis’ commitment to safety, facility managers have the option for self-leveling safety cages to be installed as well. These can be tailored to any vehicle type and significantly lower the chances of fatal or injurious falls.

Companies with folding stairs and other flexible infrastructure can take on work no matter the size of the the truck or rail, leading to better bottom lines.

Carbis – Access Gangway