Monthly Archives: December 2021
Get Employees Off Cleanup Duty
We recently had two conversations with manufacturers on the east and west coasts of North America. Those we spoke with worked at separate companies, and neither of the gentlemen knew each other. Both, however, expressed the same goal: to get all their employees (or as many as possible) off cleanup duty. While the goal may […]
Pellet Production: What Type of Conveyors Should You Use?
North American production of wood pellets has soared over the past decade due to demand for renewable fuels in Europe. Barring the unforeseen, that demand is unlikely to abate anytime soon. Biomass-powered thermal energy plants in Asia are now drawing demand across the Pacific, and some power plants in the United States are cogenerating energy […]
“The hopper gates opened.” “The conveyor system was not shut down or locked out.” “The conveyor had not been locked out.” “The employee … was cleaning near a conveyor belt.” “The employee … caught his shirt on the machine’s power lever.” These are notes from five of the eleven conveyor-related fatalities reported to OSHA through […]