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Are You Buying Storage Bins For Your Business? Factors You Should Consider When Buying The Bins

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You Buying Storage Bins For Your Business? Factors You Should Consider When Buying The Bins

If you have items you plan on storing in a warehouse for a business, you may be looking to buy storage bins. Storage bins give you the space you need to store inventory, while keeping your working space neat and organized. However, there are many different types of storage bins available. As such, you want to take your time to find the storage bins that best meet your business needs. Here are a few of the factors you should consider when you are looking to buy storage bins for your business. Whether They Are Heavy Duty Bins When you are looking to buy storage bins, you will have to decide between regular storage bins or heavy duty storage bins. Regular bins are made of thinner plastic material. They are often cheaper, but they have a shorter lifespan. Heavy duty bins are stronger and made of thicker plastic. They can hold more weight and have a longer shelf life. But they are more expensive. Weighing the pros and cons will help you decide which bin type is a better choice for you. If They Are Stackable Another factor to consider when selecting storage bins is if they are stackable. Some bins are designed to stack on top of other bins. They support the weight of the bins being placed on top of them without cracking or breaking. This is perfect if you are taking your storage space vertical by using vertical shelving to store bins. If you do not plan on stacking bins, you may not want to pay extra for bins that can be stacked. How They Seal Shut When you are looking for storage bins, you will want to pay close attention to how they seal shut. Some storage bins have a dual flap door. This is a flap on the left side and a flap on the right side that each cover half the top of the bin when flipped shut. When combined, they seal the entire bin closed. This helps to ensure you don’t lose the lid. However, if a lid breaks, you have to replace the entire bin. Other bins have lids that completely detach from the bins. These lids are easier to lose or misplace, but if the lid breaks, you can replace the lid, not the entire bin. If They Have Casters That Can Be Attached The last factor you want to consider as you look for storage bins is whether you want bins with casters that are attached or can be attached. Casters are small metal wheels. This can make it easy to push storage bins around your facility. However, it can be harder to store bins that have wheels permanently attached to them. Once again, it is important to weight the pros and cons to determine which is the better option for your business. When you are buying storage bins for your business, you will quickly learn that there are many different features available. Carefully consider the different features available to select the ones that are best for your...

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Warehouse Managers: Fire Safety In High-Piled Pallet Racking Systems For Combustible Storage

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Warehouse Managers: Fire Safety In High-Piled Pallet Racking Systems For Combustible Storage

The National Fire Protection Association says that storage configurations within warehouse facilities often help fires to spread and make fire suppression difficult for firefighters. This is particularly true when the stored materials are combustible and the materials are piled high on pallet racking systems. If you are the safety manager of a warehouse facility and your facility is installing new high-piled pallet racking systems from a supplier like Commercial Hardware, it’s important for you to understand how the configuration of the new pallet racking system can change the dynamics of fire and life safety systems. That way, you are able to improve the safety systems, develop evacuation plans, and provide fire department accessibility in an ideal location. Here’s what to consider when designing the new pallet racking system. Flues in High-Piled Pallet Racking High-piled racking systems need flues to combat fires. Flues are simply strategically planned spaces that allow heat, flames, and smoke to rise vertically or move horizontally. These natural flues work the same as flues inside chimneys and pull heat, flames, and smoke away from their sources. Flues help keep fires from spreading to nearby materials because they allow for sprinklers to reach fires. Without flues, sprinklers and other fire suppression devices will not be able to reach materials in tightly confined areas. Fire & Life Safety Systems The flues work in conjunction with your fire and life safety systems. Locate sprinklers on the ceilings directly above the vertical flues in the pallet racking system. Sprinklers can also be installed directly in the pallet racking system, which is important to consider if your warehouse stores highly combustible materials. You’ll need to have the new configurations of your pallet racking and safety systems approved by the local fire code authority. Evacuation Plan As part of the requirements for most municipalities, you’ll need to provide the fire code authority with an updated employee evacuation plan based on the new configuration of your warehouse facility. When planning your new pallet racking system, it’s important to keep the emergency fire exits in mind. Avoid storing highly combustible materials near the exits. Also, keep materials that emit noxious gases when burning away from the emergency exits. Don’t forget to designate a safe area for your employees and others to meet after they evacuate the building during a fire or fire drill. List of Combustible Materials In case of a fire, the responding fire department will need to know what materials and chemicals they would be dealing with. Of course, signs indicating the presence of combustibles should be posted on the exterior of the premises in an area that is away from any potential damage that would occur during a warehouse fire, such as on chain link fencing that surrounds your building. However, it’s also important for the fire departments to know exactly where the items are located in the warehouse and that the items are located in a high-piled racking system so they know there are natural flues within the facility. Therefore, each shift manager should keep an updated list of all combustibles readily available and easily accessible to provide to the first responders. If there is a guard shack at the entrance to the property, keep a list of the combustibles there as well. First Responders Training Work with your fire...

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How To Perform A Test To Determine If An Air Compressor Start Capacitor Is Failing

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Perform A Test To Determine If An Air Compressor Start Capacitor Is Failing

If your air compressor pump motor fails to start, or it is starting with weak effort, then the compressor start capacitor may need replacing. Before you purchase a new capacitor, however, you will need to test the current capacitor. Testing a start capacitor is not difficult, and it only requires the use of a few tools. Below is what you need to know about checking a start capacitor: The purpose of start capacitors on air compressors Compressor motors encounter a significant amount of mechanical resistance when compressing gases, and this requires the motor have sufficient torque to move the pistons within the pump cylinders. However, even powerful motors may not be able to generate enough torque at startup to push the pistons and begin the compression cycle. That is why a start capacitor is a critical component on most compressors; the initial burst of electrical energy into the motor provides startup power. Once started, the normal current flow into the motor is sufficient to maintain momentum and keep the compressor operating. How to check if your start capacitor is failing While some start capacitors fail in a sudden, spectacular fashion with a loud pop, most of the time a failure occurs over time. Eventually, the capacitor weakens to a point where it is no longer able to hold enough of a charge to get the compressor motor started. To check a start capacitor for failure, you will need the following tools and equipment:: Digital multimeter Calculator Insulated screwdriver Safety goggles Once you have the tools and equipment assembled, then you are ready to begin testing as outlined below: Disconnect the power and discharge the startup capacitor. Since some capacitors can produce hundreds of volts of electrical current, it can be dangerous and painful to be shocked. Capacitors will gradually lose their charge over time, but you never should touch the contacts on a capacitor just removed from a motor. As a result, extend the blade of an insulated screwdriver across the top of the capacitor so that it touches both contacts. This “shorting” action will safely discharge the remaining current across the contacts. When working with capacitors, especially during discharge phases, always wear safety glasses in case of a case rupture. Record and evaluate the capacitor data on its label. Start capacitors will be rated in these areas: Capacitance – This number indicates how much current can be generated during use. For start capacitors, the capacitance is usually measured in microfarads. Range Tolerance – The capacitance range of a start capacitor indicates the limits of good functioning, both low and high, for a given capacitor. Often indicated with a percentage range of plus or minus some value, the range tolerance will be printed on the label. Voltage – The voltage rating for a capacitor indicates what voltage levels can be supported by the device. These ratings are often multiple voltages, and this makes them flexible for use among different devices. Calculate the minimum and maximum operating range values. After taking a look at the label on the start capacitor, write down the capacitance of the unit, then add and subtract the range tolerance values from the capacitance. For example, if the start capacitor has a capacitance of 100 microfarads, and the acceptable range tolerance is plus or minus 10...

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Tips To Help You Install Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating In Your Basement

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help You Install Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating In Your Basement

Improving your home by finishing its basement is a great way to add to your home’s value and increase its livable space. If finishing your basement includes pouring a concrete floor, you can add radiant heat into the concrete to help give an otherwise cold basement an even warmth. You can also add radiant heat to the floor during the process of lowering the basement floor. Here are some tips to help you install a new hydronic radiant heat system in your basement floor. Prepare the Basement Floor To add a new concrete floor with radiant heating, first you need to prepare the ground in the basement. Lay a vapor barrier at least 6 millimeters thick to protect the radiant system from moisture from the ground below your home’s foundation. Without this layer, the porous concrete slab will pull moisture from the ground, just as a sponge does. The vapor barrier should spread across the basement’s gravel or soil floor, extending over the perimeter of the basement’s concrete footings and up the side of the home’s foundation to the level of your new basement floor.  You need to also install a layer of insulation, such as polystyrene foam board 1 1/2 to 2-inches thick. This insulation will prevent the radiant heat from dissipating into the ground below the basement floor. An uninsulated concrete slab can allow a heat loss of up to 70 percent in your basement radiant heat system.  Above the insulation you should set a layer of wire mesh to support and help stabilize the radiant heat system.  Lay the Radiant Heat Tubing Depending on the thickness of your radiant heating tubing, the square footage of the room you are heating, and the BTUs needed to heat the room per square foot, you can determine how far apart you will space the tubing. A heating contractor can work with you to design the spacing of the radiant heating tubes. They will take these aspects into consideration along with any solar heat gain each room will receive during the day as less heating will be needed. As you set the tubing, be careful not to step on the PEX tubing as this can damage the tubing and create a hole. The heating tubes are set out on the floor in an S-pattern to evenly heat the entire floor area. The tubing needs to be secured onto the mesh every three feet, securing it with zip ties or wire mesh clips. At points where the the PEX tubing is bent to direct it in the opposite way, you will need to use metal or PEX bend supports to keep the pipe aligned correctly. Before you cover the tubing with concrete, pressure test the tubing to make sure it can hold the pressure of the hot water in the radiant heat system and to check for any leaks. When the tubing is connected to the manifold, you should test the system for at least 30-minutes with pressure measuring from 40 to 100 psi. Pour the Concrete When it is time to pour the concrete, you need to keep the PEX radiant heat tubing pressurized with water to prevent the concrete from collapsing the tubes. If you can pump the concrete into your basement with a concrete pump, it will minimize the foot traffic over the tubing and prevent possible damage.  The layer of concrete...

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Want To Restore An Old Vehicle? Here Are A Few Helpful Tips!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want To Restore An Old Vehicle? Here Are A Few Helpful Tips!

If it’s been your life-long dream to restore an old vehicle but you haven’t done it yet because you don’t think it’s feasible, there are a few ways to do it without breaking the bank and/or spending a lot of time, such as working with a steel fabricator. Here are a few tips that can help you fulfill your dream of restoring an old vehicle.  Vehicle It’s a good idea to start with a vehicle that is in decent shape. That way, you won’t have to spend an enormous amount of money to restore it. Scour classified ads for estate sales of people who have recently passed away who may have left an old vehicle or two. Another thing you can do is ask local real estate agents if any properties with old barns have been sold recently or if they know of any deserted barns. You may find a priceless classic in an old barn.  Mechanical Parts  Of course, there’s no point in restoring an old vehicle if you can’t get the engine running. Many people look for mechanical parts in junk yards or by looking in online classified ads. However, there’s doubt that you’ll find every mechanical part you’ll need. Fortunately, steel fabricators can craft mechanical parts so you can get the vehicle running. Simply remove the old part and take it to a local steel fabricator, such as those at Simko Industrial Fabricators, so he or she can craft an exact replacement.  Exterior  While you may be able to find body parts in a local scrap yard, the parts may be rusted and unusable due to being out in the weather for a number of years. Instead, establish a contract with a local steel fabrication manufacturer. The steel fabricator may be able to get the design plans from the original manufacturer of the vehicle. If not, they can have their metal architectural designer develop the plans that will be necessary for the fabricator to cut and shape the parts you’ll need.  Interior The upholstery, carpeting and other fiber materials will likely need to be removed and replaced. The best way to do this is to remove the seats from the vehicle so the upholstery can be installed correctly. This also gives you room to move around inside the vehicle to replace the other materials and interior parts. While the seats are out of the vehicle, inspect the floorboards and side walls to make sure there are no signs of corrosion or other damage on the interior side of the frame. If there are areas of concern, speak with your steel fabricator to see if the structural integrity of the frame needs to be bolstered up with some fabricated steel parts.  Space You’ll need space to work your magic. Ideally, you can restore the car in your garage. If you don’t have one or don’t have room in your garage, look for a local self storage unit that has electricity inside the unit. Make sure you understand the storage facility’s rules regarding the use of pneumatic tools, welding machines, and other devices you may need. If they don’t allow them, you may need to transport the vehicle to the steel fabrication shop to have the necessary parts welded onto the vehicle.  Time  If you’d like to keep as...

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Does Your Centrifugal Pump Need A Suction Strainer?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your Centrifugal Pump Need A Suction Strainer?

A common question asked among fluid handling equipment operators is whether or not their centrifugal pumps need a suction strainer – a device that helps keep sediment and other undesired solids from entering and potentially damaging the pump. When equipped, a suction strainer can help reduce the amount of wear and tear on centrifugal pump components, but it may not be necessary given the recent advances of today’s pump impellers. The following explores whether or not a suction strainer is really necessary for modern centrifugal pumps. Necessary Yesterday, But Not Today In the past, many water and wastewater facilities used turbine pumps as their preferred choice for fluid handling. As opposed to the multi-stage centrifugal pumps that are prevalent in today’s fluid handling environment, turbine pump impellers relied on exceptionally close tolerances for passing fluids. This often made handling sediment-filled liquids problematic enough to require the use of suction strainers in those designs. In contrast, modern centrifugal pumps do not require such close tolerances in order to function. As a result, grit and other types of sediment aren’t as prone to coming into contact with the pump impeller or other moving components. This characteristic makes centrifugal pumps far more robust than their turbine pump predecessors. Thanks to these loose tolerances, most centrifugal pump designs simply rely on wye-pattern strainers and inlet baskets for most filtration tasks. It is only in uncommon cases where suction strainers are necessary, as noted in the following section. Cases Where Suction Strainers May Be Needed As mentioned before, there are some cases where suction strainers may be necessary when handling water and wastewater. For instance, larger solids commonly found in wastewater could have a much greater impact on a centrifugal pump’s impeller than most typical forms of grit and sediment. This is especially true for centrifugal pumps that have not been explicitly designed for handling solid materials found in wastewater. In this case, a suction strainer may be necessary to help regulate solid materials. Some engineers may also have concerns that the impact of grit, sediment and debris could affect pump efficiency and longevity over the long run. Such concerns could drive them towards using suction strainers as an additional precaution against accelerated wear and tear on pump components. By solving one problem, however, engineers may end up introducing another notable problem involving the use of suction strainers for centrifugal pumps. Monitoring Net Positive Suction Head Engineers must be especially careful about how fluid temperatures and pressures can combine to cause the onset of pump cavitation, which could cause damage to impellers and other centrifugal pump components. This often happens when there is a notable decrease in net positive suction head (NPSH) at the suction side of the pump. The addition of a suction strainer could provoke a low-pressure condition, resulting in the following: As the strainer continuously collects sediment and other debris, the increased restrictions cause drops in suction line pressure. The decrease in section line pressure also decreases the flash point of the fluid being handled. Meanwhile, fluid temperatures continue to increase. The fluid eventually reaches its flash point, creating a sudden transformation of fluid into vapor. As vapor bubbles collide against the impeller and other centrifugal pump components, these bubbles violently collapse, causing microscopic damage to said components. In many cases,...

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5 Reasons to Assign a Worker as a Dumpster Rental Manager on Your Job Site

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Assign a Worker as a Dumpster Rental Manager on Your Job Site

When industrial jobs create a lot of waste, it’s common to take advantage of dumpster rental services. A dumpster rental provides easy ways to dispose of items directly on the job site. Instead of just letting the dumpster sit there, it’s a good idea to regulate the use and items inside. By assigning a specific employee to the dumpster, everything can be kept track of and in an orderly fashion. It may seem like it would take away from other responsibilities on the work site, but there are five benefits to using a single employee for the task that can ensure that your dumpster is properly used during the rental period. Dumpster Logs One of the main responsibilities of a dumpster worker is to keep a log of the dumpster use. This can help identify when items were thrown in and help with any inquiries. For example, if building materials were accidentally thrown away, a dumpster log can keep track of the worker, time, and type of material that was thrown into the dumpster. It is an easy security task that will answer any questions or concerns that occur. The dumpster logs can be kept manually on paper or through a spreadsheet app on a tablet—whatever task is easier for the employee. Size Regulation Dumpsters have weight and size limits when they are being filled. An assigned worker has the ability to regulate this weight amount and ensure that the dumpster does not fill too quickly or get overfilled. By monitoring the waste and dumpster use, the worker has the ability to get the dumpster picked up and replaced with an empty one. The regulation can also keep the project flow run smoothly. The new dumpsters can be scheduled to arrive as soon as they are needed. Waste will not pile up and the construction or project can move ahead as scheduled. Illegal Dumping An open dumpster may be tempting for other employees and nearby people to use a personal trash bin. While 24-hour monitoring is costly, an employee can help deter illegal dumping during the work day. This way, the full size of the dumpster is used for only work-related tasks. During each morning, the worker can inspect the dumpster to see if anything extra has been dumped inside. Logs can be made to help keep track of these items and any other incidents that higher level bosses should be informed of. Prohibited Items Not everything can be just thrown into a dumpster. There are many items that are prohibited to place in the dumpster, mostly for hazardous reasons. Examples of these items include paint, batteries, oils, automotive parts with fluids, and a variety of electronics. By hiring a worker for dumpster monitoring, you have the ability to track and prevent these items from getting tossed inside. With an inspection of dumped loads, the worker can ensure these items are separated. The monitoring of these items will help prevent any extra charges, fines, or clean up fees associated with the dumping. Recycling & Scrap Metal The costs of a dumpster rental and employee can be recouped by having a variety of the dumpster items monitored. By hosting a second bin on the side of the dumpster, the employee can help sift through items that can be recycled or...

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Tips For Turning Your Company’s Scrap Metal Into Money

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Turning Your Company’s Scrap Metal Into Money

If you run a small business that generates metal waste, instead of letting a waste removal service pick up your scrap metal to deliver to landfills, earn some money by recycling the material. The time you take to set up a scrap metal recycling process for your firm will be worth it once the money you earn begins to add up. The following guide provides you with an overview on how to get started recycling your metal waste. Learn What You Can Recycle You may be surprised at how many types of metal products you can recycle. Scrap metal recyclers classify metal as ferrous (iron and steel) and non-ferrous. In addition to ferrous metals, materials that can be recycled include the following: Aluminum Brass Copper Metal alloys that contain nickel, copper and other metals Precious metals including platinum used in industrial applications Tungsten Zinc This means you can recycle many types of old business equipment, metal office furniture, motors, window frames and even old metal garbage cans. However, there are some metal waste materials that cannot be processed because they contain hazardous substances. If you have old equipment that contains refrigerants, you will need to hire a government-certified waste removal technician to dispose of the equipment. Other types of materials that some scrap metal facilities do not handle include the following: Fluorescent lighting fixtures Batteries that contain lead acid Helium tanks Pressurized containers such as fire extinguishers and oxygen tanks Metal containers used for radioactive waste Prepare Material for Recycling You want to make sure that you get the best price for your metal products from a scrap metal dealer. Consequently, it is important to clean and separate your scrap metal before it is picked up or dropped off at a recycling plant. Start by separating the ferrous from the non-ferrous metals. Make sure each piece of metal is accurately identified so a scrap metal handler can determine the grade of the metal. Remove any materials that are not metal such as wood, cardboard, glass, vinyl and plastic from the scrap pieces. Clean the metal and make sure it is free of debris. If possible, weigh your scrap metal to help you get an estimate of what you will be paid for the material. Pay attention to market prices for metals so you will not be surprised if you receive a lower amount than you anticipated for your scrap. Scrap metal is traded on markets around the world and prices fluctuate daily. Metal prices are affected by worldwide supply and demand, your geographic location as well as weather that influences metal-dependent industries such as construction. Find a Reputable Buyer and Secure Your Scrap Metal A reputable scrap metal facility should be licensed and insured. Some buyers provide pick up so you do not have to worry about safely transporting your scrap to a facility. When you sell your scrap you should be paid promptly and receive a detailed receipt that includes the current market price of scrap metals and the weight of your load. If you generate scrap metal waste on a regular basis, you should schedule regular pickups. It is also a good idea to build a secure facility for your metal waste. You do not want to leave valuable scrap out in the open as thieves will...

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6 Very Important Safety Tips For Working With Electricity

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Very Important Safety Tips For Working With Electricity

As any skilled electrician can tell you, it’s extremely dangerous to work with electricity. It’s imperative that you respect the power and dangers associated with it, or else you should expect to feel its wrath. Even the safest and most careful expert electricians have been zapped by electricity. In order to be as safe as possible when doing any type of electrical construction work in your home, follow these very important safety tips: 1. Turn the power off before working on any electrical project. This is the most important piece of advice for anyone working with electricity. Make it a habit to find your main service panel and shut off the circuit to stop the flow of electricity to the area you’ll be working on. This should be the first step to any electrical project you embark on, no matter how small it is, even if the instructions don’t mention it. Then, use a non-contact voltage tester to verify that there is no electricity flowing through the wires before you begin your work. 2. Don’t start a project unless you are totally comfortable with it. A home improvement project that involves working with electricity isn’t something to take lightly. One wrong move can cause serious injuries, or even a fatality. So, if your project requires working on electrical meters, panels, or other areas that are beyond your electrical knowledge, then leave it to the licensed electricians to handle. Don’t attempt to do these types of jobs yourself just to save a few bucks…your life isn’t worth it. 3. Always wear safety gear. High voltage or rubber gloves should always be worn when working with electricity to protect your hands from sharp panels, boxes, cables, and tools. These gloves will also protect you from getting an electrical shock, and will keep your fingers and hands warm during inclement weather. Safety glasses are just as important, because they will protect your eyes from dust and other debris when you are drilling, sawing, and cutting wires. This is especially important when you are working overhead, when debris is guaranteed to fall on your face because you are looking up. Additional safety gear that you should wear when doing any type of electrical work are ear plugs to prevent hearing loss due to working around loud tools, and dust masks to keep your lungs clean. 4. Test every circuit before touching it. This is another fantastic habit to get into. Always check every circuit and conductor before you touch it, even if you’ve tested and touched it before. You never know when a surge of electricity will flow through the wires unexpectedly, and if you touch it without first testing it, you will get electrocuted. This is especially important if you’re working on an electrical project when other people are home. They could turn on the circuit without realizing you’re working on wires, and without you knowing it. 5. Only use certified extension cords and equipment. You will know that any cords or equipment that you use is certified if it bears a certification mark, which is often the letters UL, ETL, CE, FCC, or CSA. These marks mean that a third party has tested the item and has deemed it safe for use. The most common marks in the United States are...

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3 Crane Safety Myths That You Can’t Afford To Believe

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The statistics that surround crane accidents are frightening. In 2009, a full 50% of the crane accidents in the United States that had injuries also resulted in fatalities. An average of 80 workers whose jobs involve lifting and material handling die every year. And 90% of crane accidents can be attributed to human error. Despite the fact that most employers offer safety training, there’s clearly more work to be done when it comes to eliminating errors that compromise the safety – and even the lives – of crane workers. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that because no one’s been hurt yet, you must be doing everything right. The truth is, workers make errors based on myth and misinformation every day, and sometimes those errors simply become part of the routine. At least until someone does get hurt. Check out a few of the most common crane safety myths that lead to dangerous accidents. Myth: You Can Pull From the Side Safely If you’ve worked with cranes for any length of time, chances are that you’ve seen someone use their crane to pull material from an adjoining bay. Perhaps you’ve even done it yourself. It’s easy to rationalize it – if the piece your lifting is below the maximum capacity of the crane, and if you have enough rope, then why not pull from the side if you need to? It saves time, after all. The problem is, a crane is designed with a limited mission: it can lift straight up and lower straight down. Side pull was never meant to be part of the design. When you pull from the side, you risk damage to the wire rope when it comes out of its groove and rubs against the drum or becomes tangled around the shaft. What’s worse, pulling at a 45-degree angle puts you at risk of bridge beam failure – even if the item you’re lifting is under capacity – because of the stress that it puts on the crane. Suffice it to say that side pull is never a smart or safe idea. Myth: There are Safety Features that Account for Some Overload The assumption that it’s safe to exceed maximum capacity because of manufacturer-provided overload protection features is a very common belief. However, it’s also a very dangerous one. There are a few reasons why the official maximum capacity of the crane should not be exceeded. For one thing, not every crane has overload protection in the first place. Newer cranes do, but there are still plenty of older cranes in use. Do you really want to take the gamble? Furthermore, not all safety features are created equally. Think about it: did your employer pay top dollar for top-of-the-line safety features? Or is it more likely that they chose the crane supplied by the lowest bidder, whose equipment met the minimum required safety standards. Do you really want to trust your life to the minimum required standard? Finally, keep in mind that the safety features in question only apply to some parts of the crane, not the crane system as a whole. Which parts of the crane are you willing to have compromised by extra weight while you’re using it? If the answer is “none”, then it’s best to stick to...

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