Tout sur l’entretien des grues chez Hercules SLR au Nouveau-Brunswick

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SERVICE DE GRUE AU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK

POURQUOI HERCULES SLR ? 

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Nous sommes votre guichet unique. Pourriez-vous faire trois arrêts différents le matin pour obtenir votre sucre, votre lait et votre café moulu pour votre café du matin ? Bien sûr que non – Pourquoi votre service de grue devrait-il être différent ?

Hercules SLR offre des certifications de grues et des inspections certifiées LEEA, des réparations, de l’entretien préventif et prédictif (pour que vous puissiez réussir ces inspections !) et des pièces et accessoires de grues comme des élingues en câble métallique, des palans et tout ce dont vous avez besoin pour lever.

Si vous travaillez dans la construction, la gestion de projets industriels ou même dans un entrepôt, vous êtes probablement confronté à votre part de défis – Et les grues. Et, probablement aussi votre part de problèmes de grues. Votre appareil de levage aérien ne devrait pas être l’un de ces défis.

Saviez-vous que Hercules SLR au Nouveau-Brunswick offre la location de grues, d’équipement, d’accessoires et de services ? C’est ce que nous faisons !

Lorsque vous passez une longue journée à soulever, à hisser et à tirer, votre corps a probablement des douleurs. Saviez-vous que votre grue n’est pas différente ? Tout comme un haltérophile doit prendre soin de son corps, surveiller ce qu’il mange et même s’assurer que la paume de ses mains est prête à soulever, votre grue a besoin d’un niveau similaire de soins.

Poursuivez votre lecture pour découvrir quels types de grues Hercules SLR services, l’équipement et les produits que nous entretenons, vendons et inspectons et pourquoi l’entretien de votre grue vous bénéficie à long terme.

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QUELS TYPES DE GRUES HERCULES SLR OFFRE-T-ELLE ?

Si vous avez besoin d’un service ou d’une location d’appareils de levage aériens, vous êtes au bon endroit. Quels types de grues entretenons-nous ? Nous entretenons toutes les classes de grues, en particulier :

  • Ponts roulants et ponts roulants
  • Grue aérienne à roulement supérieur
  • Sous la grue suspendue en marche
  • Grue modulaire
  • Grues à portique
  • Grues à tour
  • Grues ferroviaires routières
  • Grues flottantes
  • Grues aériennes
  • Grue à flèche

Vous avez un type de grue dont vous avez besoin, mais nous n’en avons pas parlé ici ? Appelez-nous, on s’occupe de tout.

COMBIEN COÛTE L'INSPECTION DES GRUES ?

Nous savons que votre principale préoccupation est probablement le prix. « Combien coûtera cette inspection, cette réparation, cet entretien préventif, etc. ? » Malheureusement, ce coût variera probablement en fonction de facteurs comme le type de service ou de pièce dont vous avez besoin.

Les coûts spécifiques varieront – Comme nous l’avons déjà dit dans les blogues précédents, il y a de nombreuses pièces d’une grue ou différents types de service dont vous pourriez avoir besoin, allant des réparations sous le crochet, des réparations à l’acier de charpente ou des inspections à la flèche ou à un autre composant de grue.

  • Temps d’arrêt : Cela peut nuire à la productivité lorsqu’une grue est hors service, et le temps d’arrêt associé à l’arrêt ou à la mise en pause d’un projet peut être coûteux – Rapidement, aussi.
  • Productivité : Lorsque les inspections ou les essais sont effectués par une personne compétente/qualifiée, ils peuvent identifier les problèmes et les réparations peuvent être programmées pendant les périodes plus lentes, de sorte que vous ne perturbez pas le travail et que vous savez que votre grue fonctionne de façon fiable et en douceur pendant les périodes de pointe de votre entreprise.
  • Tranquillité d’esprit : Sachez que votre équipement fonctionne bien et qu’il est prêt à fonctionner, sachez si une réparation ou un remplacement d’équipement est moins coûteux et que votre équipe est en sécurité.

QU'EST-CE QUE J'Y GAGNE ?

Nous savons que la » maintenance préventive » peut sembler être un gaspillage d’argent pour votre organisation. Cependant, comme nous l’avons déjà mentionné, l’entretien préventif peut en fait réduire les coûts qui, à terme, peuvent devenir encore plus élevés que les coûts de réparation.

  • Réduire le travail physique des employés.
  • Respecter les échéances du projet et respecter le calendrier.
  • Réduire les coûts de réparation, prévenir les dommages futurs et éliminer les pannes imprévues de l’équipement.
  • Protégez votre investissement.
  • Et enfin, (celui que vous connaissez probablement), parce que vous devez le faire – c’est la loi.

INSPECTION DES GRUES : OÙ, QUAND ET À QUELLE FRÉQUENCE ?

INSPECTION DES GRUES : OÙ, QUAND ET À QUELLE FRÉQUENCE ?

Il existe de nombreux types de grues, et votre lieu de travail disposera (devrait disposer) d’un solide programme d’inspection pour chaque type. La fréquence des inspections dépend d’un certain nombre de choses, comme :

  • La fréquence d’utilisation de la grue et le moment où elle est utilisée,
  • La classe de service à laquelle appartient la grue,
  • À quoi ça sert et à quel type d’inspection on procède.

Selon l’Association canadienne de normalisation, les inspections de grues devraient respecter les normes de l’ISO (Organisation internationale de normalisation), plus précisément ISO 4309 et ISO 9927-1.

Vous avez de la difficulté à faire le suivi pour votre entreprise ? Nous savons, et nous avons écouté. Recevez le service de grue de Hercules SLR et accédez à notre service gratuit de gestion d’actifs, CertTracker.

Qu’est-ce qu’il y a de si bien avec CertTracker ?  

  • Base de données en ligne sécurisée : Conservez l’historique complet de vos actifs opérationnels dans un seul endroit sécurisé.
  • Alertes : CertTracker avertira la direction en cas d’échec des inspections, des réparations et des détails des bons de travail – il vous indiquera également quand vous êtes en retard pour les inspections et les réparations.
  • Accès facile : CertTracker utilise des puces RFID pendant que les ordinateurs de poche capturent les opérations d’inspection et de maintenance, ce qui élimine le besoin de saisir manuellement les données. Il capture l’équipement lorsqu’il est en service ou hors service, les transferts d’emplacement et toutes les données sont envoyées à la base de données en ligne pour que vous sachiez exactement où il se trouve, quand vous le saisissez. Si ce n’est pas suffisant, il convertit également les unités de mesure instantanément pour une utilisation facile sur site.
  • Personnalisation : Suivez ce que vous devez suivre. Demandez à votre équipe ou à votre fournisseur de services de consigner les inspections quotidiennes, l’entretien prévu, les inspections annuelles ou d’autres dates importantes. Chaque inspection est horodatée par l’utilisateur afin que votre dossier de vérification soit toujours exact et fiable. Trouvez des actifs spécifiques par numéro d’identification, emplacement, propriétaire, etc. – Selon vos préférences.
  • Disponible 24 heures sur 24, 7 jours sur 7 : CertTracker est en ligne et toujours ouvert.

QU’EST-CE QUI POURRAIT MAL TOURNER ? 

Les inspections permettent de vérifier un certain nombre de points. Il est important que votre grue fasse l’objet d’un entretien régulier : plus vous évitez les inspections appropriées, plus il devient long, coûteux et inefficace d’utiliser et d’entretenir la grue, et plus vous perdez du temps à le faire.

AU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK, NOUS OFFRONS AUSSI :

Hercules SLR au Nouveau-Brunswick fabrique également des roues d’égreneuses, ou poulies. Les roues d’égreneuse sont un moyen pratique, économique et peu coûteux d’élever et d’abaisser une charge.

Hercules SLR à Moncton et à Saint John, au Nouveau-Brunswick, fabrique des roues d’égreneuse sur mesure, à charge nominale pour utilisation dans les raffineries.

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Empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone : Le tueur silencieux

soudeur portant un masque de protection

Qu’est-ce qui est inodore, incolore, insipide et peut vous tuer presque instantanément ? Monoxyde de carbone (CO).

L’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone est une réalité pour tout le monde, pas seulement pour ceux qui travaillent dans les métiers industriels.

L’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone peut se produire au fil du temps ou en un instant, selon le niveau de monoxyde de carbone dans l’air. Certains espaces sont plus sujets à l’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone que d’autres, par exemple, les espaces clos sont plus susceptibles de présenter un risque d’empoisonnement au CO.

Le monoxyde de carbone est produit lorsque vous brûlez :

  • Huile
  • Charbon
  • Gaz
  • Bois
  • Propane
  • Gaz naturel
Comme nous le mentionnons plus haut, il est particulièrement mortel lorsqu’il est brûlé dans un espace clos avec peu de circulation d’air ou d’écoulement.   
 
Dans ce blog, nous couvrirons ce qu’est exactement le monoxyde de carbone, comment et s’il peut être traité, comment vous pouvez prévenir l’empoisonnement au CO, quels sont les symptômes et les mesures que les employeurs et employés doivent prendre pour minimiser le risque d’exposition dangereuse.  
 
QU’EST-CE QUE LE MONOXYDE DE CARBONE ?

Comme nous l’avons mentionné ci-dessus, le monoxyde de carbone est un gaz inodore, insipide et incolore inflammable. Le monoxyde de carbone se trouve dans de nombreuses autres substances, comme l’air que nous respirons – La quantité de CO dans l’air est d’environ 0,2 partie par million (ppm), ce qui ne nuit pas aux humains.

En cas d’augmentation des concentrations (généralement autour de 150 ppm ou plus), le monoxyde de carbone devient mortel.   

OK, ALORS QU’EST-CE QU’UN EMPOISONNEMENT AU MONOXYDE DE CARBONE ?

L’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone se produit lorsque du CO est inhalé et s’accumule dans la circulation sanguine.  

Le corps déplace l’oxygène dans vos globules rouges avec du monoxyde de carbone. Votre circulation sanguine ne peut pas envoyer d’oxygène aux organes vitaux comme le cerveau, le cœur et les tissus nerveux pour qu’ils puissent fonctionner. Cela conduit à l’inconscience, et si elle s’aggrave, à la mort. 

Il est important de noter que le monoxyde de carbone est également toxique pour les animaux. 

EMPOISONNEMENT AU MONOXYDE DE CARBONE : QUELS SONT LES SYMPTÔMES ?

Les symptômes d’empoisonnement au CO peuvent apparaître rapidement ou lentement au fil du temps, selon la quantité dans l’air, la taille de l’individu et son activité musculaire et la durée de son exposition au CO.

De nombreux signes d’empoisonnement au CO ressemblent à ceux de la grippe. Les symptômes d’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone comprennent :

  • Maux de tête
  • Nausées/Vomissements
  • Difficulté à respirer
  • Étourdissements
  • Confusion
  • Douleur thoracique
  • Douleurs à l’estomac

Si quelqu’un dort ou est intoxiqué, il est probable qu’il ne présentera pas de symptômes, mais qu’il succombera quand même à un empoisonnement au CO. Toute personne exposée à un empoisonnement au CO sera affectée, peu importe son état de santé, sa taille ou son sexe, même si le moment où les symptômes et la maladie apparaissent peut différer.

Même les cas d’empoisonnement au dioxyde de carbone qui ne sont pas considérés comme graves peuvent avoir des effets durables sur la santé. Certains d’entre eux incluent :

  • Dommages cérébraux
  • Dommages cardiaques
  • Dommages aux organes
EMPOISONNEMENT AU MONOXYDE DE CARBONE : QUEL TYPE DE TRAVAIL PRODUIT DU MONOXYDE DE CARBONE ?

Vous savez probablement maintenant que l’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone peut avoir des répercussions sur n’importe qui, que ce soit au travail, à la maison ou à l’école, toutes sortes d’environnements peuvent produire du CO.

L’un des plus grands producteurs de monoxyde de carbone dans le monde sont des catastrophes naturelles ou des sources naturelles, comme les incendies de forêt, mais les travailleurs doivent quand même être prêts à travailler pour produire du monoxyde de carbone, surtout lorsqu’il se produit dans des zones où la circulation de l’air est limitée. Le monoxyde de carbone brûle bien lorsqu’il est mélangé à l’air, ce qui peut être explosif en quantité suffisante.

Lorsqu’il s’agit de monoxyde de carbone au travail, il y a quelques types de travail différents qui peuvent produire des niveaux nocifs de monoxyde de carbone s’ils ne sont pas gérés correctement.

Certains emplois, ou des facteurs liés aux emplois qui peuvent produire des niveaux dangereux de monoxyde de carbone, comprennent :

  • Soudage
  • Véhicules de travail
  • Générateurs portables
  • Moteurs, (ex. moteurs à combustion interne)
  • Outils à essence
  • Incendie/Explosions
  • Chauffages au gaz naturel
  • Fours, fours ou chaudières
  • Fumée de cigarette
EMPOISONNEMENT AU MONOXYDE DE CARBONE : PRÉVENTION

Il existe de nombreuses mesures que vous pouvez prendre pour prévenir l’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone au travail.

Que fait le monoxyde de carbone à l’organisme au fil du temps ? Jetez un coup d’œil au tableau ci-dessous :

Les employeurs peuvent le faire :

  • Installez un système de ventilation qui élimine le monoxyde de carbone des aires de travail.
  • Entretenir les chauffe-eau et les appareils de chauffage, les cuisinières et les cuisinières à gaz.
  • Utiliser des solutions de rechange à l’équipement alimenté au gaz
  • Installez et utilisez un détecteur de monoxyde de carbone – Choisissez un détecteur qui déclenchera l’alarme avant que le monoxyde de carbone n’atteigne des niveaux dangereux.
  • N’utilisez pas d’outils à essence dans les endroits mal ventilés.
  • Vérifier régulièrement la qualité de l’air dans les endroits où l’on produit du monoxyde de carbone.
  • S’assurer que les employés sont formés et qu’ils portent l’EPI approprié pour le travail et les conditions de travail.
EMPOISONNEMENT AU MONOXYDE DE CARBONE : TRAITEMENT

Si vous soupçonnez quelqu’un d’avoir été victime d’un empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone, composez immédiatement le 911. Enlevez-les de la zone affectée par le monoxyde de carbone seulement si vous portez l’EPI approprié pour vous protéger – souvenez-vous que près de 60 % des décès en espace clos surviennent lorsque des travailleurs tentent de sauver d’autres personnes. 

Tout d’abord, un échantillon de sang est prélevé pour déterminer si vous avez un empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone. 

Pour ce qui est du traitement, il y a différentes mesures à prendre. NE considérez PAS cela comme un guide de ce qu’il faut faire, mais plutôt comme des choses auxquelles vous pouvez vous attendre d’un traitement à l’hôpital en fonction de votre taux de monoxyde de carbone. 

Pour le traitement, peut-être : 

  • Faire respirer de l’air frais ou de l’oxygène pur à la personne empoisonnée. 
  • Placez la personne dans une chambre à haute pression qui force l’oxygène dans le corps.  

Vous voulez d’autres conseils pour faire face au monoxyde de carbone ? Ouvrez la Hercules SLR Toolbox et trouvez des quiz, des infographies et des vidéos pour faire de votre prochaine réunion de sécurité un événement qui leur tient vraiment à cœur. 


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Hercules SLR fait partie du groupe de sociétés Hercules, avec des emplacements et des entreprises uniques d’un océan à l’autre. Nous fournissons des services d’arrimage, de levage et de gréement pour les secteurs au Canada et à l’étranger. Hercules SLR dessert les secteurs de l’énergie, du pétrole et du gaz, de la fabrication, de la construction, de l’aérospatiale, des infrastructures, des services publics, des mines et de la marine.

Hercules Group of Companies est composé de: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales et Wire Rope Atlantic.

Nous avons la capacité de fournir toute solution de levage dont votre entreprise ou votre projet aura besoin. Appelez-nous dès aujourd’hui pour plus d’informations. 1-877-461-4876 ou par courriel info@herculesslr.com

Our Testing’s in the (Water) Bag | #TrainingTuesday

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WATER BAG TESTING AT HERCULES SLR

We’ve covered the importance of pre-use checks & inspections on the Hercules SLR blog before, like visual inspections, proof-testing and non-destructive testing – One thing we haven’t covered, however, is what water bag proof load testing is and why we do it here at Hercules SLR. 

So, to start—What’s a water bag, anyway?

Well, it’s a little less exciting than a water-ballon (only a little bit, promise) and is a method used to proof load test cranes that uses water instead of traditional, solid weights.  

There are quite a few benefits when you load test with a water bag versus traditional, solid weights. But what are they? In this article, we’ll cover:

  • What water bags are used to test for
  • The benefits of using water bags
  • Useful hardware for securing & rigging a water bag 
  • Safety tips 

WATER BAG TESTING | BENEFITS 

Water bags testing is for:

  • Cranes
  • Lifeboats
  • Elevators & conveyors 
  • Load-bearing structures & lifting equipment
  • Counterweights 
  • Bridges 

WATER BAG TESTING | BENEFITS 

What are the benefits of using water bags to test crane strength? Well, there is: 

  • If you’re close to a water supply. water bags: 
    • significantly reduce transportation costs, storage and handling issues 
    • rigging time
    • overall expense 
    • test load applied gradually and precisely 
    • problems identified and dealt with long before max. load is reached, and allows for safe controlled environment during testing conditions. 

Water bags are best used with spreader beams for offshore application. If you’re operating a crane or any piece of hoisting or lifting equipment, you must test it before using it for anything

A proof test is a test used to check the condition of any load-bearing structure. Often, during a proof test weight is applied beyond the working load limit to test how much strength a structure, like a crane, can truly take—This is important in case the crane is someday loaded beyond capacity. 

WATER BAG TESTING | HARDWARE 

So, what kind of equipment should you use with a water bag? Here’s some rigging equipment that might help you to secure the load: 

  • MasterLink  
  • Round Sling(s)
  • Shackles (Various or specific types of shackles may be required to secure the water bag—Check with manufacturing/provincial regulations to make sure your rigging complies). 
  • Lifting straps 

WATER BAG TESTING | SAFETY TIPS

  • Don’t load bags beyond the working load limit (WLL)
  • Use a calibrated monitoring device to measure the load of the water bag 
  • Remember, the water bag is considered the load, not lifting equipment & the lifting set for the water bag is separate—Keep this in mind when using water bags to test load-bearing structures. 
  • Optimal water bag design has a load carried by the web lifting set, not through the bag’s material. 
  • Be sure to perform a risk assessment before you test a crane or other load-bearing structure with water bags—There are instances that a water bag will fail, and riggers and nearby personnel must have a plan in place if failure occurs. 
  • Inspect water bags before each use 
  • Do not hang more than three water bags from a single attachment point 

FOR RELATED READING, CHECK OUT OUR BLOGS:

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CRANE & HOISTING SYSTEM—THE DANGERS OF SIDE PULLING

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HERCULES SLR PROVIDES REPAIRS, INSPECTIONS & MAINTENANCE FOR RIGGING EQUIPMENT—WE ALSO PROVIDE WATER BAG TESTING & EQUIPMENT RENTALS FOR YOUR LOAD-BEARING STRUCTURES. 

NEED A LIFT? GIVE US A CALL, OR DROP US A LINE.

INFO@HERCULESSLR.COM  1 (877) 461-4876

 


Hercules SLR is part of Hercules Group of Companies, with locations and unique businesses coast-to-coast. We provide securing, lifting and rigging services for sectors in Canada and Internationally. Hercules SLR serves the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, 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 hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com

LEEA Training at Hercules SLR: Teaching with an Edge

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Hercules SLR is a full LEEA member, and it’s important for us to stay up-to-date with industry trends, education and certifications, like LEEA training. 

LEEA TRAINING | WHAT’S LEEA?

So, what’s LEEA training? LEEA is the Lifting Equipment Engineer’s Association, and operates across the globe (they’re based in over 69 countries!) as a representative body for everyone involved in the lifting & hoisting industry. 

The association has played a key role in the specialized lifting field for over 70 years, from training & standards setting through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice, and the development of examination and licensing systems.

LEEA TRAINING | AT HERCULES SLR

This month, Inspectors from our branches across Canada participated in LEEA Level-2 General Advanced training. This training covers broad lifting and hoisting principles for inspectors, and includes what to look for on equipment like chain slings, wire rope, shackles and eye bolts. 

Clint, an Inspector from Hercules SLR in Brampton, Ontario says, « LEEA training is great – It gives us a better understanding of how the equipment actually works, which makes it much easier to identify problems. » 

Clint, an Inspector from Hercules SLR in Brampton, Ontario says, « LEEA training is great – It gives us a better understanding of how the equipment actually works, which makes it much easier to identify problems. » 
 
 
 
 

 

« I love having the opportunity to learn more, and the training really helps us notice things that sometimes, aren’t blatantly obvious. »

During training, LEEA instructors are accessible and eager to answer questions. Students don’t feel rushed, and learn not just from a book, but from real-world applications that relate to topics in the book and lesson.

At Hercules SLR, we’re proud that all of our inspectors have the LEEA Lifting Equipment General Diploma, and all receive on-going training. LEEA Certification gives inspectors an edge – when you’re LEEA-certified, you receive a LEEA card you can show clients & customers on-site, so they know they’re in good hands. 

Another benefit Hercules SLR Inspectors say LEEA gives, is trust. « Sometimes, a company might not think your diagnosis is correct, or say ‘We’ve always done it this way, so it works’. But when you’re LEEA-certified, your opinion is automatically credible. » says Clint,  Hercules SLR Inspector.

LEEA TRAINING | WHAT’S NEXT? 

The next LEEA training topic on the Hercules SLR docket are manual hoists. What are our inspectors excited for? 

« I can’t wait to gain more insight into the equipment we inspect, especially manual hoists, which are up next. The courses become more niche as you go along, and the next training will be a 50/50 spilt – Time will be spent equally in the classroom and hands-on, with the gear. » says a Hercules SLR Inspector. 

LEEA Training teaches gives our Inspectors a detailed eye to keep your rigging, lifting and hoisting gear safe, durable and read-to-work. 


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Hercules SLR is part of Hercules Group of Companies, with locations and unique businesses coast-to-coast. We provide securing, lifting and rigging services for sectors in Canada and Internationally. Hercules SLR serves the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, 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 hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com

Crane Service: Lifting you in Sudbury, Ontario

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What makes our crane service so special in Sudbury, Ontario? We do it all. 

Our team of crane technicians in Sudbury, Ontario grew from two to five within months, and business is boomin’—They’re a small team, with big goals.

Cranes are simple-enough machines, yet require specific, detailed and reliable service. There are approximately seven different kinds of cranes commonly-found on worksites—These include tower cranes, overhead cranes, boom cranes, rough-terrain cranes and telescopic cranes

At Hercules SLR in Sudbury, Ontario we service and provide equipment and service for all these, and more. Read on to learn details about our crane service in Sudbury, Ontario. 

CRANE SERVICE | WE OFFER

In Sudbury, Ontario, crane services include:

  • Inspections
  • Repairs
  • Maintenance, including preventative maintenance for cranes and their equipment 
  • With any of the above services, have access to our asset management service, CertTracker

CertTracker lets you: 

  • Easily store and track upcoming inspections and important maintenance dates
  • Store your equipment documentation in one, easy spot (which makes inspection a breeze)
  • View assets, documents and their status quickly and easily
  • Quickly & easily mark gear as failed and order new equipment 

CRANE SERVICE | PRODUCTS

Learn more about our current picks for durable, long-lasting and reliable crane equipment from some of our favourite bands. 

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CM HURRICANE 360­° CHAIN HOISTS

Columbus McKinnon’s Hurricane 360° Chain Hoist is unlike any other chain hoist on the market. It features a one-of-a-kind hand chain cover, and is flexible and versatile enough to use for tough, awkward applications. 

What else do we love about CM’s Hurricane 360° Chain Hoist? 

  • Hook-mounted hand chain hoist has Weston-style braking system that provides positive load control and reliable performance 
  • Hook-mounted hand chain hoist has standard load-limiter provides simple, automatic overload protection that helps prevent injuries 
  • Available as army-type, integrated trolley hoist with standard lifts up to 30′ 
  • Allows you to position and lift from nearly any angle

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Inspection Technician Careers: Hiring in Brampton, Ontario

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INSPECTION TECHNICIAN CAREERS | WE’RE LOOKING FOR AN INSPECTOR IN BRAMPTON, ONTARIO

We’re looking for an Inspection Technician in Brampton, Ontario—Is a career as an Inspector right for you? Read on and find out. 

One of the most exciting parts of a career as an Inspector is Hercules SLR will provide all the training you need—If you’re someone who:

  • Enjoys mechanics, likes to understand how things work and fix them, too
  • Is a self-starter, engaged and motivated—Inspections can be broad, or niche. If you want to develop your skills, a career in inspections will give you the opportunity to grow.
  • Would like the to work in a variety of places and travel—Inspections can take you everywhere from hospitals, garages and even prisons! 
  • Willing to learn—Hercules SLR provides inspectors with LEEA training and certification. LEEA training is applicable globally, which means no matter where you go your new skills matter.
  • Doesn’t mind getting physical—Being an inspector often means working at heights, crouching and being comfortable working in different conditions as you’ll need to uninstall equipment and gear you inspect. 

INSPECTION TECHNICIAN CAREERS | Why is the industry booming?

Right now in Canada, the construction industry is booming. Construction employs over 1.3 million Canadians, 1 in 4 work in construction and globally, it’s the fifth largest market in the world.

This kind of popularity brings a need for safe standards and processes—This is where Inspectors step in.

Being an Inspection Technician requires skill, training, and although it might not sound like it, it can be a fairly dirty job that involves grease, and dirt, which is not for everyone (hey, we love grease but we don’t judge). It’s expensive and time-consuming for people to gain the certification and skills to inspect their own equipment. 

As an inspector, you’ll keep other worker’s safe, secure and ready to do their jobs.

INSPECTION TECHNICIAN CAREERS | What will I inspect?

As an Inspection Technician at Hercules SLR, you’ll inspect: 

  • Chain hoists 
  • Chain slings 
  • Wire rope slings 
  • Chain blocks, manual chain hoists 
  • Lever hoists 
  • Life-raft davits
  • Shackles
  • Self-retracting lifelines 
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Florence Kelley and the Machine: First Female Factory Inspector

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March is Women’s History Month—To celebrate, we’re sharing the store of Florence Kelley, a woman who’s responsible for many of the seemingly basic work-rights we have today. 

Florence Kelley is a social and political activist who made significant contributions to work and labour standards for factory workers and children—Read on to learn more about her incredible life. 

FLORENCE KELLEY: EARLY LIFE 

Florence Kelley was born to William D. Kelley, abolitionist, judge, founder of the Republican party and congressman. Florence was often sick as a child, and she would read to pass the time–Learning was heavily encouraged heavily by her father. 

Florence’s father, William Kelley, encouraged learning in all its forms. Kelley wanted his daughter to be aware of how children in other circumstances worked, and he would take her to tour factories where children manufactured steel & glass in dangerous conditions, for long hours and very little money. 

At Zurich University, Kelley translated the popular German book « The Condition of the Working Class in England » by Frederick Engels, a project she is well-known for. 

These experiences and her studies informed the work she would dedicate her life to.

FLORENCE KELLEY: LIFE AT HULL HOUSE 

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Florence Kelley

Hull house was a social settlement in the Chicago slums that helped residents and community-members with things like childcare, kindergarten and college classes and grew to include shops and even community-clubs. Women who lived there typically worked there, too. Classes focused on traditional subjects, and also taught the community about topics like civil rights & duties. 

Hull house’s main work and achievement was to develop and enact state child labour laws, a juvenile court system and protection agencies for children. Hull House also supported Women’s Suffrage and various international peace movements. Unfortunately, Hull House was demolished in 1961 and the small, original house was made into a museum. Here, Kelley focused her attentions to 

Following Florence’s work with the Hull House inhabitants, Florence Kelley studied and submitted a report to the Illinois State Bureau of Labor. This led to Kelley being named Chief Factory Inspector in Chicago—The first woman to hold the position.

FLORENCE KELLEY: FACTORY CRUSADER 

Kelley eventually stepped down as Chief Factory Inspector, but also worked as a special agent inspecting both the work, and living conditions in Chicago garment factories. With this experience, she then began work with the National Consumer League as their National Secretary. 

During this time, Kelley organized Consumers’ Leagues at local and state-levels and travelled, speaking out about the league’s various causes, like worker-rights issues. She founded the New York Child Labor Committee in 1902, and went on to found the National Child Labour Committee just two years later, in 1904. 

She often attended protest meetings, and would speak against sweatshop work conditions in factories. Kelley brought the media into factories. During this time, a very high number of children were diagnosed with smallpox in one large Chicago factory. Kelley presented her investigation findings’ to Illinois lawmakers, which saw that families infected with illness like diphtheria and smallpox were steadily manufacturing clothes during their illness.

Her efforts were huge in passing the Illinois Factory act of 1893. This act was actually based on a previous legislation draft she had written, and included some of the ideas she championed throughout her career. These details of the act included: 

  • An 8-hour work day for women 
  • Restricted child labour 
  • Establish an office of factory inspections

Other causes Florence Kelley published writings and crusaded for, were:

  • Compulsory schooling, available for all children
  • Children under 14 should  be prohibited from work
  • A minimum wage for workers 

Meanwhile, she also lived at a location known as the Henry Street Settlement, where she continued to promote social reformations, particularly those that involved child labour practices. She worked for the National Consumer League for 34 years, until her death. 

FLORENCE KELLEY: LEGACY

Who knows where the North American workforce would be without the work of Florence Kelley? She not only studied, but took action to ensure work conditions were better for women, children and families.

Her contributions were brave, vital and important for women, children and all industrial workers. 


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ISO and Construction: Great Things Happen When the World Agrees

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ISO is the International Organization for Standards, and is responsible for creating consistent guidelines and specifications to ensure products and services meet rigorous guidelines– How do ISO and construction benefit each other? iso and construction

We’ve discussed what ISO means in the supply chain and we’ve debunked the myths – but what does it mean for the construction industry?  

WHY DO WE NEED ISO STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION?  

The world’s rapid population growth and rampant urbanization have brought an increasing need for a high-quality, safe and sustainable built environment. In the world of building and construction, ISO standards help codify international best practice and technical requirements to ensure buildings and other structures (known as civil engineering works) are safe and fit for purpose.

Updated on a regular basis to account for climate, demographic and social changes, ISO’s standards for construction are developed with input from all stakeholders involved – this includes architects, designers, engineers, contractors, owners, product manufacturers, regulators, policy makers and consumers.

WHO BENEFITS FROM ISO STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION?

INDUSTRY 

ISO standards help to make the construction industry more effective and efficient by establishing internationally agreed design and manufacturing specifications and processes. They cover virtually every part and process of the construction project, from the soil it stands on to the roof.

ISO standards also provide a platform for new technologies and innovations that help the industry respond to local and global challenges related to demographic evolution, natural disasters, climate change and more.

REGULATORS

Regulators can rely on best-practice test methods, processes and harmonized terminology that are constantly reviewed and improved, as a technical basis for regulation and policy related to construction.

CONSUMERS

ISO standards give consumers confidence in the construction industry, providing reassurance that buildings and related structures such as bridges are built to internationally agreed safety and quality standards. These help ensure that the buildings people live, work and study in are safe, comfortable and function as intended.

WHAT STANDARDS DOES ISO HAVE FOR CONSTRUCTION?

Of the more than 21 700* International Standards and related documents, ISO has over 1 100 related to buildings and construction, with many more in development. These cover :

 

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WHO DEVELOPS ISO STANDARDS? 

ISO standards are developed by groups of experts within technical committees (TCs). TCs are made up of representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations, governments and other stakeholders who are put forward by ISO’s members. Each TC deals with a different subject, such as buildings and civil engineering works or specific construction materials like cement or timber, often in close collaboration with other relevant international or intergovernmental organizations. As an example, ISO/TC 59, Buildings and civil engineering works, through its subcommittees and working groups, has published over 110 International Standards on aspects of quality and performance in the built environment. Visit our Website ISO.org to find out more about the standards developed in a particular sector by searching for the work of the relevant technical committee.

STRUCTURES

Ensures the components of structures are strong enough to withstand appropriate loads and everything fits together as it should is the objective of a number of ISO standards for construction. By establishing defined specifications and test methods, they help ensure structures are designed and built to agreed levels of quality.

  • ISO/TC 98, bases for design of structures, lays down the basic requirements for the design of structures. With standards focusing especially on terminology and symbols, loads and forces, it ensures constructions are built to last and can withstand outside forces such as extreme weather events and natural disasters.
  • ISO/TC 167, steel and aluminum structures, develops standards that specify requirements for the structural use of steel and aluminium alloys in the design, fabrication and erection of buildings and civil engineering works. Its scope of work includes materials, structural components and connections.
  • ISO/TC 165, timber structures, deals with the strength and load requirements of structural timber, while geotechnical analysis (interactions between soil and structure) is the focus of ISO/TC 182, Geotechnics. 

BUILDING MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS

Being able to count on reliable, quality materials is essential for the construction of safe and robust buildings. ISO has more than 100 standards related to the raw materials used in construction, such as concrete, cement, timber and glass. These include standards on terminology, testing procedures and the assessment of safety levels.

We also have over 500 standards on building products, such as doors and windows, wood-based panels, floor coverings, ceramic tiles and plastic pipes and fittings. These not only determine the correct dimensions and specifications to ensure products are manufactured to agreed quality levels, but also define test methods for assessing product safety and resistance to things like crushing or chemicals, so that they do not fail or deteriorate prematurely.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

From insulation to energy-using products, improving the energy performance of buildings can make a significant contribution to climate-related targets. As a result, building regulations increasingly require energy-efficient designs and measures are put in place to help improve overall performance. 

  • ISO/TC 163, thermal performance and energy use in the built environment, has more than 130 standards providing guidelines and methods for the calculation of energy consumption in buildings, covering areas such as heating, lighting, ventilation and so forth. 

ISO’s energy standards portfolio includes the recently published series ISO 52000, Energy performance of buildings – Overarching EPB assessment, which defines methods to help architects, engineers and regulators assess the overall energy performance of new and existing buildings in a holistic way.

  • ISO/TC 205, building environment design, has a range of standards defining methods and processes for the design of new buildings and retrofit of existing buildings, to create acceptable indoor environments and practicable energy conservation and efficiency

ISO also produces standards that measure carbon emissions from buildings and structures – these include:

  • ISO 21930, sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works – cores rules for environmental product declarations of construction products & services, which establish good practices for environmental claims and communications in the construction sector. 

FIRE SAFETY & FIRE FIGHTING

Fires cause destruction and devastation, costing the lives and livelihoods of people. With the increased density of housing, protecting against fires and detecting fire risks have never been more important.

  • ISO/TC 21, equipment for fire protection and fire fighting, develops standards covering fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and equipment, including fire extinguishers and fire and smoke detectors.
  • ISO/TC 92, fire safety, develops standards to assess fire risk to life & property, and mitigating such risks by determining the behaviour of construction materials and building structures. 
  • ISO 7240, fire detection and alarm systems, defines the specifications of fire detection and alarm system equipment used in and around buildings – including their testing and performance – in order to ensure they function effectively. 

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION

Since most construction works are project-based, having documentation that is clearly understood by all stakeholders is essential to ensure each project is realized in a cost-effective manner. Building information models (BIM) are shared digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of any built object (including buildings, bridges and roads) and form a reliable basis for decision making. They also help protect against the loss of valuable information between stages and processes.

  • ISO TC 59/SC 13, Organization of information about construction works, develops standards that define the common terms of reference and terminology used in BIMs, as well as requirements for the digital exchange of documentation and data. 

Examples include: 

  • ISO 16757-1, Data structures for electronic product catalogues for building services – Part 1 : Concepts, architecture and model 
  • ISO/TS 12911, Framework for building information modelling (BIM) guidance 

LIFTS AND ESCALATORS

Rising urbanization and denser populations mean buildings across the world are getting taller. Efficient lifts and escalators are thus essential to cope with the increased loads and access needs and must be operable in times of disaster, such as fire, to evacuate high-rise structures.

  • ISO/TC 178, lifts, escalators and moving walks, has over 50 standards, either published or in development, for all kinds of lifts. These cover requirements for everything from planning and installation to energy performance and safety. 

One prominent example is:

  • ISO/TS 18870, lifts/elevators – Requirements for lifts used to assist in building evacuation

DESIGN LIFE, DURABILITY AND SERVICE LIFE PLANNING

  • ISO/TC 59/SC 14, design life, develops standards that offer a methodology and guidance on how to plan the service life of buildings, including predicting costs and the frequency of maintenance and repairs over their life cycle. The ISO 15686 series on service life planning deals with a wide range of subjects in this area, such as performance audits and reviews, lifecycle assessment and maintenance and life-cycle costing. 

An example is: 

  • ISO 15686-5, buildings and constructed assets – service life planning – part 5: life-cycle costing, which helps track the cost performance over an asset’s lifespan.

ISO STANDARDS IMPROVE SAFETY, SUSTAINABILITY AND DURABILITY IN CONSTRUCTION

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What should you do before you use a hoist?—Hercules How-To

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HERCULES HOW-TO: WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? 

What should you do before you use a hoist? If you’re a rigger, or have worked in construction, you’ve likely used some sort of hoist before. Hoists are mechanical devices use to lift, pull and hoist, and are equipped with a pulley. They’ve also been around for awhile—historians haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly when the first hoist was used, but even Leonardo da Vinci had a hoist design.

Since then, hoist technology has come a long way – hoists are available in manual, electric, hydraulic and even universal styles. They’re used in a number of different industries. Today, we cover more about hoists used for securing, lifting and rigging applications and what exactly you should do before you use one. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? HAZARDS 

We talk a lot about hazards, how to avoid them and prevent them on a job site. There are a number of hazards that present themselves at work – both chemical and physical. When rigging with hoists, there are a number of hazards there.

Some of the most common hazards are: 

  • Falling equipment, materials, etc. 
  • Electrical issues 
  • Loading hoist beyond it’s WLL or SLL, known as overloading 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? TRAINING

It’s important that anyone using the hoist, or operating rigging equipment in general, has proper training in hoist safety and operating procedures. Hoists are often used in rigging, and are commonly-known as a component for cranes. Hercules’ highly-skilled trainers teach a variety of courses that will prepare you to rig with hoists.

The Hercules Training Academy courses include: 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? TYPES OF INSPECTION

According to the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), there are thee main types of inspection that rigger’s (or any end-user of hoisting equipment) have to do. 

PREOPERATION INSPECTION

Before each shift, have a qualified person inspect hoisting equipment for:

  • Ensure mechanisms operate properly – check for unusual sounds, and make adjustments as needed 
  • Hoist limit device, for electric or air-powered hoists without a load on its hook: The load block should inch on limit device, or run at a slow speed when on multi-speed or variable-speed hoists. Using travel-limiting clutches as a limit device? Follow inspection methods detailed in the travel-limiting clutch’s manual. 
  • Hoist’s braking system
  • Check lines, valves and other parts of air system for leakage
  • Check hooks & latches; ensure hooks are in accordance with ASME B30.10
  • Check hoist rope for gross damage, and these features that could cause immediate hazards, including:
    • Rope distortion: kinking, crushing, unstranding, bird-caging, main strand displacement and/or core protrusion
    • General corrosion
    • Broken or cut strands 
    • Number, distribution and type of broken wires (if visible)
  • Check load chain for gross damage, and any of these conditions which can be hazardous for work. These are: 
    • Gouges, nicks, weld splatter, corrosion and/or distorted links. 
    • Test the hoist with the load in lifting and lowering directions, and watch the operation of the chain and sprockets. The chain should feed smoothly with the sprockets. 

FREQUENT INSPECTION

Frequent inspections should happen continually, during use and rest periods. During frequent inspections, a qualified person will determine if issues found are hazards and whether the hoist should be removed from service temporarily, inspected further and repaired, or removed from service permanently and replaced. 

During frequent inspections, inspect:

  • Operating mechanisms for proper orientation, adjustment and unusual sounds
  • Braking system
  • Lines, valve and other parts of air systems for leakage
  • Check hooks & latches; ensure hooks are in accordance with ASME B30.10
  • Hoist limit device, for electric or air-powered hoists without a load on its hook: The load block should inch on limit device, or run at a slow speed when on multi-speed or variable-speed hoists. Using travel-limiting clutches as a limit device? Follow inspection methods detailed in the travel-limiting clutch’s manual. 
  • Check hoist rope for gross damage, and these features that could cause immediate hazards, including:
    • Rope distortion: kinking, crushing, unstranding, bird-caging, main strand displacement and/or core protrusion
    • General corrosion
    • Broken/cut strands 
    • Number, distribution and the kind of visible broken wires 
  • Check load chain for gross damage, and any of these conditions which can be hazardous for work. These are:
    • Gouges, nicks, weld splatter, corrosion and distorted links 
    • Test the hoist with the load in lifting and lowering directions, and watch the operation of the chain and sprockets. The chain should feed smoothly with the sprockets. 
    • Check rope/load chain reeving and make sure it complies with the manufacturer recommendation. 

PERIOD INSPECTION 

Periodic inspections can be conducted wherever your hoist is set up, as they don’t require the rigger to disassemble the hoist. 

  • Open or remove covers and other items to inspect components. 
  • A qualified, competent person will determine if conditions found during inspection make a hazard, or whether disassembly is required.
  • Inspect the following for wear, corrosion, cracks and distortion:
    • Ensure fasteners aren’t loose, or on the verge of coming loose 
    • Load blocks
    • Suspension housings 
    • Hand chain wheels 
    • Chain attachments 
    • Clevises
    • Yokes 
    • Suspension bolts
    • Shafts
    • Gears
    • Bearings 
    • Pins
    • Rollers
    • Locking and clamping devices 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? WHEN DO I INSPECT?

We’ve covered the three types of hoist inspection required in Canada, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). This is when you should conduct each type of inspection.

1. PREOPERATION INSPECTION

A visual inspection should be conducted before each shift. This inspection does not have to be recorded, but a designated, competent person should inspect the hoisting equipment.

2. FREQUENT INSPECTION

Frequent inspections, like pre-operatation inspection, are visual and don’t need to be recorded but should be done by a designated, competent person. Just how often are ‘frequent’ inspections, you ask? 

A) Normal Service—Yearly

B) Heavy Service—Semiannually

C) Severe Service—Quarterly 

3. PERIOD INSPECTION

Visual, period inspections should be conducted by a competent person who makes records of external coded marks on the hoist. This is acceptable identification in lieu of records. Periodic inspections should be done: 

A) Normal Service—Yearly

B) Heavy Service—Semiannually

C) Severe Service—Quarterly 

Since this article is about what to do before using a hoist, we’re going to focus on what your preoperation – or, preuse inspection should include. 

  • The pre-use inspection should be performed during each shift before the hoist is used. 
  • A competent, qualified person will determine whether conditions found during inspection could create a hazard and, if a more detailed inspection is required. 
  • Inspect the following:
    • Operating mechanisms for proper operation, proper adjustment and unusual sounds.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? HAND SIGNALS

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? KNOW THE ROPES  

Before operating a hoist, it’s important to conduct an inspection before-hand. The inspection should consist of: 

Rope Type: Ensure you select the proper type of wire rope. The wire rope you select will depend on the hoist type and the features of the load you will lift. 

Are you familiar with the concept of rope stability before using that hoist? Hoists often use wire rope, which can kink, twist or become crushed if the wrong type or the wrong application is used. 

Drum crushing is a type of rope deterioration that can happen with multiple layers of wire rope on a drum. Whoever inspects the wire rope must evaluate the potential for wire rope crushing. Inspections should detect points where crushing is more likely to happen, and the level of deterioration and appropriate course of action (ex. repair or replacement) can be made. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE YOU USE A HOIST? YOUR CHECKLIST

Before rigging or lifting with a hoist, know: 

 

  • The hoisting devices capacity
  • The WLL of: the rope, slings and hardware, and the rigging hardware’s weight

Here are some basic tips from CCOHS for inspecting your hoist: 

  • Pre-Lift: Make sure both hooks (upper and lower) swivel, replace worn chain or wire rope and tag it so it can be removed from service.
  • Post the SLL (safe load limit) in the hoist. 
  • Daily: Inspect hooks, rope, brakes and limit switches for wear and damage.
  • Ensure swivels move freely and there are no cracks or breaks in the hook. 
  • Conduct periodic inspections according to manufacturer rules or legislation. 

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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 or email info@herculesslr.com. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Warehouse Wow: How our Distribution Centre Leads the Industry

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WAREHOUSE WORSHIP: HOW OUR CENTRAL DISTRIBUTION CENTRE IS LEADING THE INDUSTRY

HERCULES CENTRAL DISTRIBUTION CENTRE: WHAT WE DO

You’re probably reading this on a computer or mobile phone that at one point, was probably sitting somewhere in a warehouse. In 2019, warehouses are a huge part of nearly every industry but we often don’t consider where our things live before they get to us, or exactly what goes into running a smooth, successful warehouse operation. We’re here to help. 

Hercules’ Central Distribution Centre (DC) in Long-Sault, Ontario has the largest inventory of securing, lifting and rigging equipment under one roof in Canada. We’re also the only Central Distribution Centre (DC) warehouse in the securing, lifting and rigging industry that supplies products on a national-scale to our 20+ branches and ship directly to customers. The Hercules DC is in Cornwall on the 401 highway, sandwiched right between Montreal and Toronto and close to a border-crossing into the United States, as well. 

So, what exactly does it take to operate our DC? Luckily, we know just the guy. Terry Bartlett, Hercules’ Central Distribution Manager shares what he’s learned over his career, and what how he and his team run our DC like a well-oiled machine.  

hercules central distribution warehouse staffHERCULES’ WAREHOUSE: TEAM PLAYERS 

Terry Bartlett has been in distribution and material handling industries for over 20 years. Terry started as a Rig Technician at Hercules SLR in Montreal, quickly moving into a leading roles first as a Production Supervisor, then to Floor Manager. When Hercules decided to open a distribution center 3 years ago, Terry practically leaped at the opportunity to help the team establish operations. Over the past 6 years, Terry’s used his knowledge of Hercules and his distribution experience to set-up, recruit and make operations ultra efficient as our Central Distribution Manager. 

Terry can’t do it all alone—A hard-working team is essential to a well-run DC. Tim Bingley, Nick O’Brien and Jamie Plumadore have been part of the DC warehouse team for two years. They help Terry with basically all aspects of running the DC warehouse, including creating and setting policies & procedures and creating a culture that can continuously improve, keep up and grow with industry trends. 

As our business grows, so does the DC team. The DC Warehouse has doubled their team in the past year. Phillipe Gatien, Adam Bartlett, Eric Nadeau and Eric Vanderwal have joined our team to help operations.  

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HERCULES WAREHOUSE: 5 SAFETY TIPS FROM TERRY

1. KNOW THE RISKS

Be aware of hazardous risks associated with warehouse work. These include slips and fall (which are some of the most common injuries on any jobsite, even offices) but warehouses present even more issues. Racking accidents, musculoskeletal injuries from improper lifting methods and temperature fluctuations are all risk factors for hazards.

You can’t prevent accidents or expect warehouse personnel to avoid hazards if they aren’t aware of them. 

2. PREVENT FALLS, MAKE HOUSEKEEPING A PRIORITY

Like we mention above, slips and falls are some of the most common warehouse injuries, and can be particularly dangerous when lifting equipment is being used. In Ontario, nearly 20% of lost-time injury claims were due to falls. To prevent falls and trips, be sure to have guards installed in areas where there are large spaces between floors that personnel could fall through. Mop and clean up spills, slippery materials like sawdust, and be sure to store boxes properly – not on the warehouse floor where someone may trip over them.

Train and make personnel aware of any abnormalities that might cause them to trip, like cracks in the floor, uneven stairs or plugged-in cords; and also human error that easily contributes to falls, like tools or equipment placed on the floor for just a moment.   

3. KEEPING TRAINING CURRENT

Yes, maybe employees who have been hired years ago have been trained, but as new standards come out, personnel should be familiar with them. Be sure to give thorough training on any new technologies you bring in, like connective radios or tracking systems, hand signals & important communicative phrases, and make sure safety and equipment training is up-to-date – to do this, give personnel ‘refresher’ courses regularly and hold safety meetings with warehouse personnel. 

4. USE EQUIPMENT PROPERLY

Again, « Isn’t this common-sense? » you probably think. However, one of the top citations OSHA gives out each year are for equipment violations. Ever see this scene from ‘The Office’? Some people shouldn’t use the forklift.

Make sure personnel has the proper training and licenses to operate machinery like forklifts, aerial lift trucks and even fall protection. Safety harnesses can be used improperly, which can lead to accidents. For example, a Hercules SLR inspector was once called into a warehouse operation whose safety equipment was often breaking. When he entered the warehouse, he saw a worker swinging from side-to-side on various platforms with a safety harness and lanyard which were only supposed to be used vertically. This was improper use, which explained why their safety equipment was failing so frequently.

In 2018, three of OSHA’s most frequent citations in warehouses were for Fall Protection training & general requirements and industrial truck violations – invest in training for warehouse personnel, especially when fall protection is being used.

5. HAZARD COMMUNICATION 

Another citation OSHA often gives out is for hazard communication. Hazardous chemicals can cause corrosion, respiratory issues or become flammable, and should be labelled. Hazard communication includes proper labelling, education for employees about the risks involved and plans to control spills and proper disposal. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WAREHOUSE WORK,

CHECK OUT OUR BLOGS:

WAREHOUSE SAFETY: 8 STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A RACKING ACCIDENT

WOMEN IN INDUSTRY: MEET KIM REYNOLDS, WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE

WAREHOUSE SAFETY: IS YOUR FORKLIFT HOLIDAY SEASON READY?


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Have questions about our Central Distribution Centre? Hercules SLR will lift you there.

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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 FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.