Several types of violations make Top 10 lists year after year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other organizations release periodic lists of violations to inform safety and facility managers of the most common violations that put workers at risk of injury or death. Some published lists focus on the previous year’s “Top […]
By Rick Carter, Executive Editor If railroad tank cars carrying oil or volatile chemicals play a role in your operation—or even if they pass close to your plant—the time has come to view them as the potential safety hazards they are. A long-expected proposal from the Department of Transportation last month addresses the safety issue […]
Kirk Key’s (Kirk) Eagle Series interlocking products provide process-safety control in tanker loading and unloading operations. The company’s trapped key interlocking systems ensure that users follow a pre-determined sequence of operation for activating road, rail, and sea tanker control valves in oil refining, petro-chemical, pulp and paper, liquefied gas and other industrial applications. Kirk Eagle Series valve interlocks integrate […]
HIMA has expanded its HIMax safety system product line with a CPU for small and mid-range applications. Announced in late 2013, the X-CPU 31 module is now available worldwide. According to the manufacturer, its original HIMax system featuring the X-CPU 01 with a separate system bus module is still appropriate for high-level safety applications. Smaller applications, however, will be able to benefit from the scalability […]
By Tim Burttram, Plant Electrical Engineer, Cascade Steel With the threat of an arc flash incident at circuit breakers, distance can be an operator’s best friend. That’s one of the facts that led Cascade Steel to evaluate the latest offerings in remote circuit-breaker racking technology. The mill wanted a remote racking system that was quick […]
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By Gary Mintchell, Executive Director I am passionate about technology. Have been most of my life. But I have enough practical experience to know the limits of applying technology in manufacturing. During a busy week from the end of January through the first of February, I had the opportunity to witness the opening of a technology […]
By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Except for one thing, William Marsh’s story is not so unusual. The owner of American Bar Products, a Pennsylvania-based maker of cold-finished steel bars, Marsh was fined $8000 by OSHA in 2011 for lockout/tagout deficiencies. Though reduced from $20,000, the fine was tough on his small company and a blow […]