Synthetic Roundslings – Free Inspection Download Guide

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Synthetic roundslings are an integral part of heavy-lifting and rigging. Similarly, proper sling inspection is integral to ensure the job is done safely and properly.

Read on to find out how to inspect your roundslings for use.

Look and Feel for Damage

Most damage to a roundsling can be found simply by looking. However, internal damage can be present as well. Inspect for internal damage by feeling along the slings’ entire length.

Minor Damage Causes Major Incidents  

Damage to a roundsling may seem minor or small, yet this can drastically reduce its ability to lift or hold heavy loads.  This increases its risk of breaking during use−which can result in large costs, damaged material and most importantly, injured people.

In reality, no damage to a roundsling is minor−if damage is present, it should not be used.

What Should Operators Look and Feel for?

–        Missing Identification tag;

–        Holes, cuts, tears, snags that expose core yarn, excessive abrasive wear;

–        Broken or damaged yarn core;

–        One or more knots are tied to roundsling;

–        Acid or caustic burns of roundsling;

–        Melting, charring or weld spatter of any part of roundsling;

–        Distortion, excessive pitting, corrosion or other damages to fitting(s);

–        Broken or worn stitching in the cover which exposes the core yarn;

–        Any conditions that cause you to doubt the roundslings’ strength.

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I’ve Found Damage−Now What?

If any damage is found, pictured above or otherwise, the sling must be removed from service. When removed, the sling must be completely destroyed, and must be made unusable for future use. If it’s repairable, it must be proof-tested by the roundsling’s manufacturer or another qualified tester.

 

Frayed Sling

 

Sling damage should never be temporarily repaired.

Synthetic roundslings are an integral part of heavy-lifting and rigging−however, proper inspection is also necessary to ensure the job is done safely, and properly. Keep reading to find out how often to assess your roundslings before use.

Inspections—how often should I do this?

Roundsling inspection should use the following 3-step procedure, which ensures slings are inspected frequently enough. The stages are:

Initial Inspection

When your sling is received, a designated employee will ensure the correct sling has been received, is undamaged and that it meets requirements for use.

Frequent Inspection

The roundsling should be inspected before each shift, each day in normal service. When using for severe service application, the roundsling should be checked before each individual use.

Periodic Inspection

Every sling should be periodically inspected by a designated person. However, this inspection should be performed by someone who does not regularly inspect the sling. This provides an opportunity to find issues that previous inspections may have missed or overlooked.

Period inspections are based on how frequently used slings are, or how frequently you anticipate you will use them for. Other factors include the severity of conditions and what type of work the sling is used for. Inspections may also be based on slings used in the past under similar circumstances.

Generally, inspections should be done as follows:

  • Normal Service—yearly
  • Severe Service—monthly to quarterly
  • Special Service—as recommended by a qualified person

Intervals between inspection should never exceed one year. Written records are not required for frequent inspections, however written records should be kept. The WSTDA, RS-1 and ASME B30.9 require written record of the latest inspection.

Original Article here: https://riggingcanada.ca/articles/safe-usage-guides/round-sling-safety-bulletin/round-sling-safety-bulletin.pdf

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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Rigging Talk – A Guide to Synthetic Slings

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A Guide to Synthetic Slings

Synthetic slings are made from soft materials, but are strong enough to lift heavy loads and protect expensive and sensitive loads from scratches and crushing.

Synthetic slings may well be the answer if you are looking for a less cumbersome lifting sling, which is lighter and easier for your employees to maneuver when rigging a lot? With Synthetic slings there is less chance of marring, scratching, or crushing delicate loads.

A synthetic sling may be the best choice for your overhead lift and can provide the flexibility, strength, and support you need when moving material through your facility or across your job site. However, you’ll have to give special considerations to the operating environment, stretch under load, and the possibility of the load causing cuts or abrasion to the sling.

At Hercules, we custom make and distribute all types of lifting slings, as well as rigging hardware, below-the-hook devices, and other lifting products.

What is a Synthetic Lifting Sling?

If you’re lifting highly easily damaged or delicate materials, then a synthetic lifting sling can provide the flexibility, strength, and support you need to support such a specialized load. Synthetic slings can be made from polyester, nylon, or high-performance materials and are lightweight, easy to rig, and extremely flexible.

Synthetic slings are popular in construction and other general industries because they’re fairly inexpensive, come in a variety of standard sizes, and can be replaced easily.

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So what are the advantages of using Synthetic Slings?

Popular in a variety of industries and lifting applications, they are inexpensive, lightweight and extremely flexible. They are able to mold to the shape of delicate and irregularly-shaped loads, or be used in a choker hitch to securely grip loads of round bar stock or tubes.

Synthetic slings are extremely versatile, can be used in vertical, choker, and basket hitches and have a Design Factor of 5:1, meaning the breaking strength of the sling is five times higher than the rated Working Load Limit. Never exceed the rated Working Load Limit.

Made of non-sparking and non-conductive fibers, synthetic slings can be used in even the most unforgiving of atmospheres.

For every positive there is a negative. What are the disadvantages of using Synthetic Slings?

Careful consideration should always be given to the application when determining whether or not to use a synthetic lifting sling. They are more prone to damage from environmental factors like extreme temperatures, prolonged UV exposure, and chemically active environments. They’re also not as durable as steel wire rope slings or alloy chain slings when it comes to abrasion and tears.

Synthetic slings have a relatively low heat-resistance and are not recommended for use in high-heat applications. However, special high-heat resistant slings are available from certain manufacturers.

Nylon and polyester slings have different resistance characteristics to acidic and alkaline environments so special consideration must be made when selecting a synthetic sling to be used in chemical applications. Corner protectors or edge guards should be used to protect against cuts and tears.

If there’s any evidence of heat damage, UV damage, rips, tears, punctures, abrasion, or worn or broken stitching, the sling should be removed from service and properly disposed of to discourage further use.

Polyester vs. Nylon Lifting Slings

When choosing a material for synthetic sling use, we recommend considering a material’s resistance to specific chemicals, temperature resistance, and stretch. Below we’ll provide some of the considerations and characteristics of a polyester slings vs. a nylon sling to help you make more of an informed decision.

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Synthetic Polyester Slings

  • Approximately 3% stretch at rated capacity – less bounce allows for more load control during a lift
  • Polyester is a softer material and less abrasive to sensitive or delicate finishes on loads
  • Lower liquid absorption compared to nylon and is non-conductive
  • Resistant to acidic environments and interactions with bleaching agents
  • Great for low headroom elevates
  • More popular in European countries but becoming more popular in the U. T. as the expense of nylon materials continues to rise
  • Not advised for alkaline environments including aldehydes, ethers, and strong alkalis
  • Can’t be used in environments in extra of 194°F or below -40°F

Synthetic Nylon Slings

  • 8-10% stretch at graded capacity – can help reduce shock loading but must be accounted for in low headroom elevates
  • Unaffected by grease and essential oil
  • More popular in the United States and most popular material for general purpose synthetic web slings
  • Resistant to aldehydes, ethers, and strong alkalis
  • Not recommended for acidic environments or for use with bleaching providers
  • Keeps moisture which can also add to or cause stretch under load—however moisture will not influence capacity

Will conduct electricity because they can soak up moisture/water—NEVER gamble your life on this! Can’t be used in environments in extra of 194°F or below -40°F

Synthetic Web Slings

Web slings are toned belt straps made from component material and most commonly feature fittings, or toned or twisted eyes, on each end. Web slings are the most flexible and widely-used multi-purpose sling. They’re strong, easy to rig, and inexpensive. In comparison to chain, they’re more flexible and lighter and can be used to lessen scratching and dents to loads. They can be fabricated with wide load-bearing surfaces up to 48” to provide considerable surface contact for heavy and large loads.

Nylon web sling performance isn’t influenced by oil and oil, and they’re resistant to alkaline-based chemicals. However, they should never be taken in acidic atmospheres or close to chemicals used as whitening agents. Polyester web slings can be used in acidic environments or close to chemicals used as whitening agents, but should never be taken in alkaline conditions.

They likewise have a relatively low heat-resistance and are not to be used in environments that exceed 194°F, or environments where temperature ranges are below -40°F. Regarding loads with sharp sides, corner protectors or advantage guards should be used to protect the sling from cuts and holes. Because there is a difference between abrasion proof protection and cut proof protection, make certain to identify the sort of resistance necessary for your application.

If used outside, they should be stored away in a cool, dark, and dry atmosphere to avoid prolonged direct exposure to sunlight and Ultra violet rays, which can damage and weaken the strength of the sling. Every time a raise is made at the W. L. L., the consumer can expect approximately 8-10% stretch when by using a nylon web sling and 3% stretch when by using a polyester web sling at graded capacity.

Polyester Round Slings

Round Sling

Artificial round slings can include both a single path and multi-path design. The multi-path design can contain top of the line fibers which leads to a lighter, more ergonomic, and tougher sling.

Endless round slings have load-bearing fiber or core yarns that are protected by a individual or double woven external jacket. They are strong, soft and flexible, and protect smooth or refined surfaces from scratches, dings, and crushing.

Round slings can be taken in vertical, container, or choker hitches—which are especially helpful for lifting pipes and pipes. When used in a choker problem, round slings release the choke much easier than a web sling would.

Whilst the woven outer coat has no load-bearing capacity, it is designed to protect the internal load-bearing fibers and core yarns against abrasion, dirt and grease, and UV wreckage. Polyester round slings are well suited for acidic environments, or close to chemicals used as whitening agents, but should not be used in alkaline environments.

Like web slings, round slings are more prone to heat damage and should not be used in environments that exceed 194°F or below -40°F. For loads with sharp edges, corner protectors or edge guards should be used to protect the sling from cuts and tears.

If used outdoors, they should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV rays, which can damage and weaken the strength of the sling. When a lift is made at the W. L. L., the user can expect approximately 3-5% stretch when using a round sling.

Hercules SLR has slings to suit every job. Slingmaster is Hercules SLR’s own brand of sling. Just click here to explore our sling section on our website.

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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Cannabis: Beyond the Cultivating and Harvesting

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Keeping you safe during cannabis manufacturing, growing and processing operations

With the legalization of cannabis manufacturing, growing and processing operations by the Canadian government, licensed operators and workers in cannabis manufacturing operations will need to obey relevant health and safety laws to protect themselves from exposure hazards that could cause immediate and long-term health effects. Do you know how to keep yourself safe from the occupational risks in cannabis-growing operations? 3M do.

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That’s why they’ve spent decades supplying information that you need to spot potential risks while improving respiratory protection products that help keep you out of harm’s way.

Here’s an overview of what workers need to know to reduce their exposure and minimize immediate and long-term health effects associated with the growing, harvesting and manufacturing of cannabis.

What is cannabis?

Cannabis is a greenish-grey mixture of the dried flowers of the cannabis sativa plant. The main psychoactive chemical in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for its intoxicating effects. This chemical is found in the resin produced by the leaves and buds of the cannabis plant. The plant also contains more than 500 other chemicals, including over 100 compounds that are chemically related to THC called cannabinoids.

Cannabis can be inhaled by smoking hand-rolled cigarettes called joints, in pipes or water pipes called bongs, or in blunts (cannabis rolled in cigar wraps). It can also be ingested through brewed tea or mixed into foods called edibles, such as brownies, cookies or candies.

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How could it affect me?

The Canadian federal government introduced a suite of legislation on April 13, 2017, that, establishes a “strict legal framework” for the production, sale, distribution and possession of cannabis. Provinces, territories and municipalities will be able to tailor rules for their own jurisdictions and set their permits or licenses for growing, distributing and retail sales of cannabis. This legislation came into effect in October 2018.

This means that workers who take part in cannabis growing, harvesting and manufacturing could be exposed to numerous health and safety risks and would now be covered by the applicable occupational health and safety regulations.

When am I at risk?

Workers who take part in the growing, harvesting and manufacturing of cannabis have the potential to be exposed to the following

Health risks:

  • Mould exposures in indoor growing and harvesting operations
  • Drug exposure to THC while handling plant buds, which can occur through through inhalation, eye or dermal contact
  • Exposures to pesticides and fertilizers
  • Excessive carbon dioxide (CO₂) exposure in greenhouses with optimized growing environments, i.e., CO₂ is being added to the environment to promote plant growth
  • Accidental carbon monoxide (CO) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) exposure from CO₂ producing devices, i.e., in order to raise CO₂ concentrations some companies may direct products of incomplete combustion, which can include CO₂, into the plant grow areas
  • Excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposuret from grow lamps
  • Heat stress in outdoor growing operations

Other safety risks in cannabis-growing operations can include electrical shock and/or cuts, pinches and sprains suffered during harvesting or processing operations.

What can I do to protect myself?

Proper respiratory protection should be used during normal growing and harvesting operations to reduce potentially harmful exposure to mould, pesticides and other chemicals. Respiratory protection selection and use should be based on results of air monitoring, in compliance with the assigned protection factors (APFs) outlined in the CSA Z94.4 standard or other published selection document that the province follows (such as NIOSH & USA OSHA). Based on the employer’s exposure assessment, an N-95 or P-100 disposable respirator, or half-face piece or full-face piece respirator with a combination organic vapour cartridge/P100 filter, may provide appropriate protection.

Maintain proper ventilation
This will help avoid overexposure to gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides as air purifying respirators will not provide protection against these three gases. Overexposure to these gases remains an acute concern if CO₂ producing devices are not monitored or maintained properly in the manufacturing operation.

Protect eyes from contact with THC, pesticides and other chemicals
Employers should consider the need for protective eyewear, protective eyewear with a face shield, or a full-facepiece respirator. If workers are not required to wear a full-facepiece respirator for pesticide spraying, we suggest indirect venting goggles (e.g. 3M™ Goggle Gear, 500-Series with Clear Scotchgard™ Anti-fog Lens).

Prevent skin contact with THC during cutting and harvesting operations
This will help reduce the risk of dermal exposure to THC, pesticides and fertilizers. Protective coveralls, lab coats, aprons, footwear, and especially gloves should be considered during cutting and harvesting operations, and during the application of pesticides or fertilizing chemicals. In outdoor operations, the potential for increased risk of heat stress should be considered when selecting worker
protective clothing.

References
1. Washington State Department of Labor & Industry. Cannabis Industry Safety & Health (Cannabis). Retrieved on October 19, 2017 from http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/Industries/Marijuana/

2. Martyny, John; Van Dyke, Mike; Schaeffer, Josh; Serrano, Kate Health Effects Associated with Indoor Cannabis Grow Operations. Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO.

3. Koch, Thomas; Chamber, Carol-Lynn; Bucherl, Stacy; Martyny, John; Cotner, John; and Thomas, Stan. Colorado Environmental Health Association Conference, Steamboat Springs, CO., Hashing Out the Issues: IAQ and Health and Safety in the Cannabis Industry, September 26, 2014.

4. Clandestine Indoor Cannabis Grow Operations – Recognition, Assessment, and Remediation Guidance, AIHA. January 1, 2010.

5. 3M Personal Safety Division. Technical Data Bulletin #249: Legal Cannabis Growing Operations. September, 2016. Retrieved from multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/…/tdb-249-legal-Cannabis-growing-operations-pdf

6. Sun Media, Toronto Sun. What to expect from the Liberals’ Cannabis bill. April 13, 2017.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Talking Shackles – Know your Bow from your D

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shackle, also known as a gyve, is a U-shaped piece of metal secured with a clevis pin or bolt across the opening, or a hinged metal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin mechanism.

Below are a few of the more common types of shackles:

Bow shackles

With a larger “O” shape to the loop, this shackle can take loads from many directions without developing as much side load. However, the larger shape to the loop does reduce its overall strength. Also referred to as an anchor shackle.

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D-shackles

Also known as a chain shackle, D-shackles are narrow shackles shaped like a loop of chain, usually with a pin or threaded pin closure. D-shackles are very common and most other shackle types are a variation of the D-shackle. The small loop can take high loads primarily in line. Side and racking loads may twist or bend a D-shackle.

D-Shackle

Pin shackles

A pin shackle is closed with an anchor bolt and cotter pin, in a manner similar to a clevis. It is for this reason they are often referred to, in industrial jargon, as clevises. Pin shackles can be inconvenient to work with, at times, as the bolt will need to be secured to the shackle body to avoid its loss, usually with a split pin or seizing wire. A more secure version used in crane rigging features the combination of a securing nut (hardware) located alongside the cotter pin. Pin shackles are practical in many rigging applications where the anchor bolt is expected to experience some rotation.

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Snap shackles

As the name implies, a snap shackle is a fast action fastener which can be implemented single-handedly. It uses a spring-activated locking mechanism to close a hinged shackle, and can be unfastened under load. This is a potential safety hazard, but can also be extremely useful at times. The snap shackle is not as secure as any other form of shackle, but can come in handy for temporary uses or in situations which must be moved or replaced often, such as a sailor’s harness tether or to attach spinnaker sheets. Note: When this type of shackle is used to release a significant load, it will work rather poorly (hard to release) and is likely to have the pin assembly or the split ring fail.
Snap Shackle
Headboard shackles
This longer version of D-shackles is used to attach halyards to sails, especially sails fitted with a headboard such as on Bermuda rigged boats. Headboard shackles are often stamped from flat strap stainless steel, and feature an additional pin between the top of the loop and the bottom so the headboard does not chafe the spliced eye of the halyard.

Headboard Shackle

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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Leading and Sharp Edges – Fall Protection

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Leading and sharp edges, what you need to know when It comes to fall protection.

Professional football players need the best protective equipment available to stay safe on the playing field, from helmets to pads to mouth guards and beyond. Construction workers who work on Lambeau Field, the historic football stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin, face even greater hazards and need the best protective equipment as well—particularly fall protection when they are working at height. They also must use appropriate equipment and use it properly to stay safe.

Two construction crew members who worked on the renovation of Lambeau Field know the value of quality fall protection equipment and proper training firsthand: the first fell from a steel beam six stories above ground. Less than two months later, another worker slipped from a beam and fell. Both escaped injury and possible death because of their fall protection equipment. Fortunately, these workers not only walked away after these accidents—remarkably, they were able to go back to work the same day.

1“Fatalities Prevented, Injuries Minor, Workers’ Comp Costs Slashed,” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3252/3252.html. Accessed 12/9/14.

But what if they had been using the wrong products, or the wrong anchorage points, or had failed to take into account swing fall hazards or sharp edge hazards? Those workers may never have returned to work!

Many personal fall arrest systems rely on lifeline materials to perform under less than ideal conditions. But there are some applications where use of the wrong product—for example, where a lifeline contacts with a sharp edge—could have catastrophic results.

Product testing and certification organizations in the U.S. and around the world, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and CE in Europe, have been reexamining how lifelines in fall protection systems perform when subjected to these “sharp edge” applications. They’ve also placed a new focus on “leading edge” applications. Through this analysis, they have concluded that these two environments are unique in fall protection and involve increased risks due to the lifeline cutting, fraying or becoming otherwise compromised.

 

Understanding Leading and Sharp Edges

Sharp Edge
A sharp edge is one that, for practical purposes, is not rounded and has the potential to cut most types of lifelines. The ANSI standard for sharp edges, for example, involves testing the fall arrest device’s lifeline over a piece of steel bar with a radius of no more than 0.005” (5 one thousands of an inch). If the lifeline is cut or severely damaged, the device fails the test and does not comply with ANSI.

Leading and Sharpe Edges

Leading Edge
To visualize a leading edge, imagine a worker installing steel decking on a new building. Now
imagine the worker’s fall protection system is anchored at foot level behind him. As the worker
moves out and away from the anchor point while installing the decking, the worker is exposed
to a potential fall over the edge of the building or the edge of an elevated platform.

Unique Risks of Leading and Sharp Edges
In sharp edge applications the primary risk is the lifeline can be frayed or severed. Examples of
other related risks with falls over leading edges include:

  • Increased Fall Distance: When workers are attached at foot level, as they often are in leading edge applications, they will fall farther than they would if they were anchored at shoulder height or above. The image on the previous page (see Image A) demonstrates the sequence of events that happen when a worker falls off a leading edge, and why a worker needs additional clearance. The required clearance when anchored at foot level varies by product so make sure to reference the product instructions.
  • Lock-up Speed: Self-retracting lifelines react to a fall when the lifeline accelerates out of the housing at a certain velocity, generally about 4.5 feet per second. When self-retracting lifelines are anchored at foot level, the lifeline does not achieve the required acceleration during a fall until after the user’s D-ring passes over the leading edge and below the level of the anchor. This means the user has already fallen about 5 feet before the self-retracting lifeline device will engage to arrest the fall.
  • Increased Fall Arrest Forces: Falling further means the impact on the body through the fall protection system will potentially be higher when the fall is arrested. This is why many leading edge and sharp edge rated products contain additional energy-absorbing devices.
  • Increased Potential for Swing Hazards: If a worker falls, and is off to one side, he may swing like a pendulum. While this in and of itself is dangerous, the danger is compounded if the worker is on a sharp edge and the lifeline saws back and forth across that edge.

In 2012, ANSI released a new standard—ANSI Z359.14 on Self Retracting Devices (SRDs)2—to address leading edge or sharp edge applications for self-retracting devices (SRDs). The Z359.14 standard includes significant changes to the design and testing of leading edge (LE) SRDs. It provides a baseline for manufacturers to test their products against, in order to ensure they are safe and compliant.3 It also requires manufacturers to provide new information in product user instructions and on product markings.

2ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2012 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest & Rescue Systems, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), http://www.asse.org. Accessed 12/9/14.
3“Standard/Regulation Information, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices ANSI Z359.14-2012,” Capital Safety, http://apicapitalsafety.com/api/assets/download/1/9168257. Accessed 12/9/14.

Both Compliant Equipment and Training Needed to Keep Workers Safe
While ANSI-compliant equipment is needed to keep workers on leading edges and sharp edges safe, it’s only effective if crews understand how to use it and why they need it. Proper training is essential to ensure that crews fully engage and understand the unique hazards related to sharp and leading edges. Hercules SLR has experienced training instructors that will come on-site to teach in and around workers’ normal environment to help them better understand and avoid the hazards of sharp and leading edges.

Greater Awareness Also Leads to Greater Safety
Fall protection experts agree that in addition to complying with the applicable standards, keeping workers safe at height also involves a much greater awareness of the unique fall protection risks that exist in particular applications, such as sharp and leading edge applications. This is particularly true for workers who have worked in sharp and leading edge environments for many years and have developed habits over time that may not be the safest practices in today’s environments.

All workers—and their employers—should be up-to-date on products, applications and training so that the appropriate equipment is used properly for any application faced by workers. In sharp and leading edge work, using a traditional product anchored at foot level may increase the risk of injury and create a false sense of security. Fortunately, Hercules and our partners at 3M™ DBI-SALA® MSA Safety offer a number of products specifically designed for foot level tie-off in sharp and leading edge environments.

Please contact a Hercules representative or visit your local branch for additional information.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Construction of new homes has leaped 18% in 7 years

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Quebec’s economy continues to boom, the number of residential construction projects in the province has increased by nearly 20 per cent since 2011. And it seems that more rental housing is being constructed than previous believed.

For the first six months of 2018, the total number of residential construction starts stood at 19,317 — rental and non-rental — an increase of 18 per cent over the same period in 2011, according to a report by the Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec obtained by the Presse Canadienne.

“Good job growth, interest rates that remain low and economic growth explain the record levels of construction starts we’ve seen over the past few years, particularly for the first half of 2018,” according to Georges Lambert, the association’s director of economic services.

Construction of rental units increased by 37 per cent over the period studied and, in what can be perceived as a sign of Quebec’s demographic changes, “almost one out of three is classified as a residence for elderly persons.”

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Meanwhile, programs providing incentives to homeowners to renovate appear to have been popular, with municipalities recording a total of $1.1 billion reported renovation work for the first half of 2018, an increase of seven per cent compared with the year-ago period.

The Montreal region accounted for 59 per cent of the residential construction reported for the first six months of the year, Lambert said, noting that around “80 or 90 per cent of the jobs were created in the region of Montreal. … And that creates a demand for housing.”

Original articleMontreal Gazette

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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Forklift Safety – Top Tips for a Safe Workplace

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The Forklift is an incredibly useful piece of equipment, used throughout many industries to enhance productivity, speed up processes and protect the health and safety of employees. But they can also be extremely dangerous, with thousands of forklift accidents every year resulting in sometimes serious injuries, and usually caused by improper and unsafe operation or lack of training for the operatives.

Below are a few tips that will help you keep your workplace safe and ensure you get the most from your equipment and employees.

1.   Know the Stats

It’s important to know the dangers that come with using forklifts on loading docks and in warehouses. Keep these statistics in mind while training workers and safely operating forklifts.

  • Overturned forklifts are the leading cause of deaths involving forklifts; they account for 22% of all forklift-related fatalities
  • Workers on foot struck by forklifts account for 20% of all forklift-related fatalities
  • Victims crushed by forklifts account for 16% of all fatalities and falls from forklifts account for 9% of all forklift fatalities

2.   Know the Classes

These are classifications of six commonly-used types of forklifts, as recognized by OSHA, along with different types of trucks unique to each class.

  • Electric Motor Rider Trucks (such as rider-type counterbalanced forklifts and sit-down, three-wheel electric trucks)
  • Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks (such as high lift straddle trucks and platform side loaders)
  • Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks (such as low lift pallet trucks and high lift straddle trucks)
  • Internal Combustion Engine Trucks with Solid/Cushion Tires (such as counterbalanced fork trucks with cushion tires)
  • Internal Combustion Engine Trucks with Pneumatic Tires (such as counterbalanced fork trucks with pneumatic tires)
  • Electrical and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors (such as sit-down riders)
  • Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks (such as vertical mast type forklifts, variable reach type forklifts, and truck trailer mounted)

Download a full list here

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3.   Know the Common Hazards

Here’s a quick look at a few common hazards associated with forklifts.

  • Unsecured loads may fall, crushing pedestrians or drivers.
  • Forklifts may tip over, due to excessive speed or imbalanced loads
  • Workers may fall if they stand on the forks
  • Drivers may not see pedestrians, leading to collisions and fatal accidents
  • Improper or missing floor marking may lead to accidents between forklifts and pedestrians

4.   Know the Requirements

Before any employee takes control of a forklift, ensure they’re trained in accordance with CCOHS requirements. 

  • Employers must have a training program that incorporates general principles of safe operation, the types of vehicle(s) used, any hazards created by using forklifts and powered industrial trucks, and CCOHS general safety requirements.
  • Trained forklift operators must know how to do the job safely, as demonstrated in a workplace evaluation.
  • Employers must provide formal and practical training. This may include using some combination of lecture, video, software training, written material, demonstrations, and practical exercise.
  • Employers must certify that operators have received all necessary training and evaluate each operator at least once every three years.
  • Employers must evaluate the operator’s performance and deem the employee competent to operate a powered industrial truck prior to operating the truck.

5.   Know What to Watch For

Employees and employers should work together to ensure a forklift is safe to use before getting behind the wheel. Follow these steps before using a forklift.

  • Perform a daily inspection of all forklifts in use
  • Examine the tires and oil levels
  • Check for water, oil, or radiator leaks
  • Ensure forks are straight and not cracked
  • Test brakes, lights, the horn, and the steering wheel
  • Look for obstructions, uneven surfaces, overhead obstacles, and other potential hazards

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6.   Stay Safe While Using A Forklift

Workers should do the following while behind the wheel to protect themselves and co-workers:

  • Make sure the load is balanced and fully secure to prevent a forklift from tipping over
  • Ensure both forks are as far under the load as possible before lifting
  • Drive with the load as low as safely possible
  • Pay attention to posted speed limits and warning signs
  • Always look in the direction you’re traveling; if a load blocks the view ahead, travel in reverse
  • Steer clear of areas where forklifts are prohibited or restricted
  • Keep an eye out for signs, floor marking, and other warnings for pedestrians and forklifts
  • Use the horn at intersections and in areas where pedestrians may be present

Travelling on an Incline

Keep the forks pointed downhill without a load, and pointed uphill with a load. Do not attempt to turn the lift truck until it’s on level ground.

Steering

Support the load by the front wheels and turn with the rear wheels. Do not turn the steering wheel sharply when travelling fast. If the lift truck is overloaded, steering will be difficult. Do not exceed load limits, and do not add a counterweight as an attempt to improve steering.

7.   Keep An Eye Out Around Your Facility

Even if you’re not operating a forklift, you can take steps to keep workers safe. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Post forklift safety signs, aisle markers, and forklift procedure labels—using pre-made signs, custom labels, or a combination of the two
  • Implement a floor marking system in your facility
  • Ensure safety signs are at all intersections where pedestrians and vehicles intersect
  • Use steering wheel covers and padlocks when necessary
  • Use proper lockout/tagout equipment to prevent forklifts from inadvertently starting up

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8.   Safe Loading

It’s important to know the recommended load limit of the forklift (shown on the data plate) and the capacity of the fork, and to never exceed these limits.

Position the load according to the recommended load center. Do not add extra weight to counterbalance an overload. Keep the load close to the front wheels to keep the lift truck stable.

When inserting the fork, keep the mast of the forklift in an upright position before inserting the fork into a pallet. Level the fork before inserting it.

Raising the Load

Do not raise or lower the fork unless the lift truck is stopped and braked. Avoid lifting a load that extends above the load backrest if there’s any risk of the load, or part of it, sliding back toward the operator. Check for adequate overhead clearance before raising a load, and maintain a safe working distance from overhead power lines. Lift the load straight up, then tilt back slightly. Watch that the load doesn’t catch on adjacent loads or obstructions. Don’t back up until the forks are free.

When a load is raised, the lift truck is less stable. The operator must stay on the forklift when the load is in a raised position. Don’t allow anyone to stand or walk under the elevated part of the forklift, whether it’s loaded or unloaded.

Handling Pallets

Ensure that forks are level and high enough to go into the pallet, and that they go all the way under the load. Forks must be the proper width to provide even weight distribution.

Avoid trying to move or adjust any part of the load, the forklift or the surroundings when on the forklift. Do not use pallets elevated by forklifts as an improvised working platform.

9.   Develop a Visual Communication System

Here are a few tips for successful visual communication, which can alert operators and pedestrians to hazards caused by forklifts:

  • Use “Stop” signs, speed limit signs, and other traffic control devices
  • Implement way finding to improve the flow of traffic, keep pedestrians away from forklift paths, and direct forklifts along safe routes
  • Point out loading docks, shelves for inventory, and other important places within a warehouse
  • Post signs at junctions to warn pedestrians and forklift operators to stop and look for hazards
  • Display checklists and inspection requirements where forklifts are stored

10.  At the End of a Shift

Once the task is completed or the operative’s shift ends, the forklift should be returned to the designated area and parked safely in the authorized space.

Operatives should never change mid-shift, or in an unauthorized zone, without the new operative being given the time to check the vehicle and adjust the controls, seat and mirrors to suit them, in a safe and designated area.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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Women in Industry – Angela Penton, Improving Processes

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When Angela Penton returned to NSCC at 39, she’d already achieved success as a chef, a landscaper, a textile artist and a metalsmith. What she felt was missing, however, was a high school diploma.

“I left high school a year before I graduated,” says Angela. “Back then, you didn’t have to have your high school diploma to start an apprenticeship program, so I left and did cooking at NSCC.”

During that time, Angela’s artistry in the kitchen inspired her to branch out, and she soon found herself in a metalsmithing, design and art history degree, and running her own textile business on the side. As the demands of running a business, attending school and raising a young family became too much, Angela says she had to make a choice. “I left my degree with just a handful of courses remaining.”

Angela Penton 3“I ran my own business for six years, and also supervised at a landscaping company,” says Angela. “But, because I didn’t have my high school or degree, I was very limited in what I could do.”

With her heart set on a more stable and rewarding career, Angela decided she was going to finish what she had started.

Back to class

“I completed my last year of university first. Then, I enrolled in the Adult Learning Program. Because I had just finished my degree I was able to get credit for nearly all the high school credits that I required, except math.”

Through the program, Angela discovered her aptitude as a problem solver.  “I realized I really wanted to change careers and do something technical –– something that would allow me to get into a management role.”

Angela says she saw NSCC’s two year program options as the fastest route to starting a new career. “I wanted to get some real intensive education that would allow me to go right into the work world.” She adds,

“I looked through all of NSCC’s programs and I kept coming back to Industrial Engineering Technology because I saw that these professionals were in every industry. It was something that didn’t narrow my opportunities, as many of my life choices had up to that point.” ~ Angela Penton

Angela admits she was scared that she was “too old” to go back to school and worried that employers wouldn’t hire someone her age. “I knew I had the potential, but it took the program to retrain my mind to see myself as someone who could operate as a professional at that level.”

Entering the industry

She soon discovered that age wasn’t an obstacle. “I was past that point in life where I was worried about standing out, asking questions or feeling silly. I put myself out there and networked.”

Her hard work paid off. After graduation, Angela was hired as the Process Improvement Specialist for Hercules SLR — a specialty industrial equipment, products and services company.

Angela says her position is the perfect blend of creativity and technical thinking. “I felt badly about leaving my artistic career and thought that I’d never get to be creative again; but, I learned that creativity isn’t just limited to making things or designing things. It’s a way of thinking.”

Hitting her stride

Angela penton 2Angela says she now works to ensure that the company’s more than 400 employees remain focused on reducing operational waste and variance across processes.

Angela explains that a large part of the success of this project and others like it is strategic communication. “The first thing that we learn in the program is the idea that you have to go to where the work is being done — a gemba walk. See it, ask questions, learn from the person doing it and show respect. Treat them like the experts that they are.”

She adds, “It’s only when an Industrial Engineering Technologist does that, that we see the truly meaningful impact we can make.”

Original Interview can be found here 
Images copyright Matt Madden NSCC

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

 

 

Forklift Field Modifications Practices

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Between scratches, dents, and replaced parts, a forklift can undergo a lot of changes and repairs throughout its lifetime. It’s also common for customers to want to add additional features to a forklift after it arrives. How do you know for sure if the modification is acceptable or how it will ultimately affect your forklift’s safe operation? Here are a few helpful tips based on common misconceptions to help guide you down the right path.

One common misconception is that you don’t need permission to make changes to a forklift. While it’s true that not all modifications require approval, per ANSI B56.1 Section 4.2.1, there are some that do:

“Except as provided in para. 4.2.2, no modifications or alterations to a powered industrial truck that may affect the capacity, stability, or safe operation of the truck shall be made without the prior written approval of the original truck manufacturer or its successor thereof. When the truck manufacturer or its successor approves a modification or alteration, appropriate changes shall be made to capacity plates, labels, tags, and operation and maintenance manuals.”

To put this paragraph in simpler terms, it is stating that if the modification could affect the truck’s lifting capacity, stability, or safe operation, then you should seek prior written approval from the truck manufacturer to make the change. If you’re ever unsure if a modification will require approval, make sure to work with your local, authorized Toyota dealer to confirm. They can also assist with ordering and installing new data plates as necessary.

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Some of the common modifications that require approval per this regulation include:

  1. Drilling or cutting into the overhead guard or hood
  2. Changing attachments, forks, masts, or tire types
  3. Swapping counterweights
  4. Modifications that affect visibility

 

 

UL Rating

Many forklifts conform to or are certified for a certain Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) rating. There are also options available that modify a forklift to meet other UL rating standards so that they can be safely operated in certain types of environments. The UL rating certification verifies that the forklift and its configuration have been approved by UL to comply with these standards.

What many people don’t know is that any change to a forklift’s electrical, exhaust, or fuel system (among others) can void the UL rating of the truck. Changes as simple as swapping a wiring harness or installing a new strobe light can actually cause the forklift to no longer meet UL’s set standards.

If you need to replace an existing part, replacing it with the same manufacturer’s part as instructed by the manufacturer will typically not void the UL rating. For parts being added that aren’t replacing existing ones, it is important that the parts be approved by UL as a field installable option.  Manufacturers of approved field installable options for forklifts can be found on UL’s website. These pre-approved parts are specific when it comes to the brand/model of the part and the forklift, so it’s important to pay attention to this prior to making any changes. Just because a part is “UL approved” or “UL listed” does not mean that installing it will not void the UL rating of your forklift.

Finally, if a part is being installed or a modification is being made that isn’t pre-approved, UL can send out a field representative to observe the modification being performed. They may also need to test the truck afterwards to determine if it meets their requirements and, if it passes, they can grant their approval for it to maintain the UL rating.

Original article: Material Handling Network

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

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New Measures to Enhance Safety of Marine Navigation

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The government of Canada is taking additional measures to help enhance safety of navigation and emergency response in Canadian waters.

The measures were announced by Minister of Transport, the Honorable Marc Garneau in May, and awarded as part of Canada’s historic US $1.2 billion Oceans Protection Plan.

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First, the Government of Canada will provide CAD 110 million over five years for the Canadian Hydrographic Service to chart 23 high-priority commercial ports and near-shore areas along all three coasts to create safer marine navigation for mariners.

The government says the new investment will fill important gaps in critical areas across the country that currently have limited and out-of-date navigational information, and give mariners high-resolution electronic navigation charts, navigational products and data for increased safety. To date, surveys of eight out of the 23 ports have been completed.

In addition, the Government of Canada will be adding seven additional coastal communities (nine total) to test a new information system showing where ship traffic is located—and other essential maritime information—as part of the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative.

Through the CAD 62.5 million invested in the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative, the Government of Canada will make CAD 9.8 million available over two years to support the implementation of these pilot project communities and work with them to develop, test and evaluate the new system.

The government has awarded an initial contract to Hercules SLR of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to supply the Canadian Coast Guard with two vessel-based emergency tow kits, plus equipment and training. This initial contract is valued at more than $180,000, and is part of a plan to install tow kits and related equipment on all large Canadian Coast Guard vessels, including five vessels on the West Coast. The initial contract includes options for up to 62 additional tow kits and related equipment.

“The selection of a contractor to build a system that can provide near-real time data on local ship traffic will be one of the largest agile procurement projects in the Government of Canada’s history. Indigenous and coastal communities, Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard will work together to award the contract,” the government said in a press release.

The government is also allocating $7.2 million over five years in the Marine Weather Information Services Demonstration Project. The project will deploy five smart buoys (two on the west coast and three on the east coast) that will produce data for tailored weather forecasts. These “smart buoys” will have innovative high resolution weather prediction systems that will enhance marine forecasting and improve marine navigation and safety for mariners.

“Our commitment to partnering with Indigenous Peoples and collaborating with coastal communities to protect Canada’s coastal ecosystems is clear and unequivocal,” commented Transport Minister, the Honourable Marc Garneau. “The marine safety and marine navigation improvements from the Oceans Protection Plan announced today will help us put safeguards in place for all vessels, including those carrying petroleum products overseas. We are determined to safeguard Canada’s waters – and know that a strong economy and a clean environment go hand-in-hand to benefit all Canadians.”

“Safe marine navigation and ensuring vessels can quickly be removed from trouble are essential to enhancing marine safety and preventing potential marine pollution incidents,” said Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, ?Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “This investment in the Canadian Hydrographic Service will help provide up-to-date navigation information in critical areas across the country, and these new tow kits will give the Canadian Coast Guard greater ability to tow vessels out of distress in emergency situations. Through the Oceans Protection Plan we are making our oceans safer, cleaner and healthier.”

The Government of Canada has already announced initiatives worth more than $600 million under the Oceans Protection Plan.

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