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Injury, Illness Prevention

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February 1, 2014  

MRO and safety expo goes big

Toronto – Acklands-Grainger Inc., a Richmond Hill, ON-based distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, hosted ‘The Works’, called Canada’s largest maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and safety show, at…

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February 1, 2014  

Preparing for new regs

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario (OHSA) are being introduced this year. Effective July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario must ensure that all their workers and supervisors complete a basic occupational health and safety…

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December 1, 2013  

Fake cranes putting purchasers at risk

Westport, CT – Terex Corporation is warning customers to be wary of fake Terex/Demag crawler cranes that take short cuts with regard to quality and safety.

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December 1, 2013  

BC sawmills to be checked again for explosive dust

Richmond, BC – Inspectors are heading back to 150 British Columbia sawmills to ensure the operations are doing everything possible to reduce the build-up of potentially explosive wood dust.

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April 1, 2013  

Personal Protective Equipment: From Head to Toe

Using your head on the job is just one way to keep safe, but it’s also important to know that standards are helping reduce the severity of a wide range of injuries, from head to toe.

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November 1, 2012  

Washing down drives without washing away profits

When it comes to power transmission equipment used in the food processing industry, some types of drive systems are easier to clean and sanitize than other types. This article examines drive system cleaning and sanitizing challenges facing the…

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April 1, 2012  

The Safety File: Storing flammable liquids

Flammable and combustible liquids are widely used by maintenance people in their daily work. The storage, dispensing and usage of such liquids are regulated by fire codes as well as occupational health and safety laws. The regulations allow the…

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February 1, 2012  

Should you exercise due diligence?

According the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, based in Hamilton, ON, there were 260,284 lost-time injuries in Canada in 2009. That number of people went to work in the morning but were injured at work to such an extent that…

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December 1, 2011  

Assessing your fire risk

uring recent plant audits, I have noticed that a significant number of facilities do not comply with local fire code requirements. For example, flammable liquids are being stored in general warehousing facilities, dispensing is taking place in…

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November 1, 2011  

Great Balls of Fire

How can you create a ball of flame? Where combustible material is conveyed, filtered, milled or sprayed in a fine powdered form, and the dust is confined to an unprotected process volume with it being dispersed, and when an ignition source is…

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September 1, 2011  

Dust, dangerous dust!

* A dust explosion that occurred at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar in Port Wentworth, GA, on February 7, 2008, killed 13 people and injured 42. The origin of the explosion was narrowed down to a location at the centre of the factory,…

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June 1, 2011  

Partners in Prevention show targets health and safety concerns

Mississauga, ON – Partners in Prevention 2011, a health and safety conference and trade show, took place at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON, May 17-18. Hosted by Health & Safety Ontario, a group of four health and safety…

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June 1, 2011  

Product Spotlight

Continuous caster bearing has component design for easy handling

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June 1, 2011  

A day in a life

It was 10:52 p.m. when Steven, a machine operator, was called to help clear a jam on the machine located next to his. When he looked at the machine, he realized almost immediately that the problem was a stacked stock.

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June 1, 2011  

Assessing your fire risk

During recent plant audits, I have noticed that a significant number of facilities do not comply with local fire code requirements. For example, flammable liquids are being stored in general warehousing facilities, dispensing is taking place in…

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April 1, 2011  

Spill berm packs down small for easy portability

Can-Ross spill berms are custom made to a user’s exact specifications. The aluminum L-bracket design makes the unit quick and easy to set up and dismantle, and allows for the berms to be compact and portable. The berms are manufactured using…

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April 1, 2011  

Making the right decisions

Plant maintenance and engineering people are faced with decision-making continually. Every day something needs to be fixed, installed, relocated or purchased. Many plant professionals wonder if there is some kind of standardized process that…

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June 1, 2009  

Beware Safety Issues When Importing Equipment

I mporting new equipment from another country isn’t as simple as setting it up and turning it on. Various regulations come into place, particularly regarding the safety of the equipment for those usin…

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June 1, 2009  

Food Contamination Threats And Food-Grade Lubricants

Lubricant contamination has always been a concern in the food and beverage processing industry. A major accident could cause a company to make a massive recall that could be devastating to its brand r…

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February 1, 2008  

WSIB SAYS IGNORING WORKPLACE INJURIES A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

Toronto, ON — In 2006 in Ontario, 101 workers lost their lives due to traumatic injuries. In 2007, the number was already 73 at the end of October.

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February 1, 2008  

Condition monitoring for SAFETY-CRITICAL SYSTEMS

Atime-based approach to maintenance is appropriate for only 11% of the assets in a typical plant. For many components, the most likely time for failure to occur is immediately after maintenance has be…

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December 1, 2007  

Hand Tool Hazards

Sometimes, big hazards come in small packages. While hammers and saws may not be the largest pieces of equipment used in the workplace, improper use of these and other hand tools is a common cause of …

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December 1, 2007  

Taking Advantage of the Powerful Dollar

The latest news is full of speculation and predictions about what the high Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar will do to Canada’s manufacturing sector. Just a short while ago, a 62-cent Canadian d…

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November 1, 2007  

Lockout Safety Tips

Problem: We’re having trouble getting employees to follow safe lockout and tagout procedures. Any suggestions?

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November 1, 2007  

White Paper Offers Advice on Business Justification of Machine Safety Investments

Milwaukee, WI — A new white paper from Rockwell Automation outlines the long-term financial benefits manufacturers can reap by integrating comprehensive machine safety programs into their workplaces …

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November 1, 2007  

Report Finds Toxic Heavy Metals Can Be in Laundered Rental Shop Towels

Roswell, GA — Something as common as a rental shop towel can raise a health and safety issue for workers, according to an independent study.

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November 1, 2007  

The role of maintenance IN THE FUTURE OF SAFETY

In the previouus issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO, (Sept. 2007, pg. 33) I wrote about IEC 61508 Standard, also known as the standard for SILs (Safety Integrity Levels). Now I would like to add m…

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September 1, 2007  

The Future of Equipment Safety

IEC 61508 is an international standard for the ‘functional safety’ of electrical, electronic and programmable electronic equipment. This document is considered to be a map for the future as far as ele…

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June 1, 2007  

Safe Times in Confined Spaces

There are plenty of industrial operations out there that take a nave approach to working in confined spaces, or don’t even think in terms of them; the record of industrial accidents in Canada proves …

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June 1, 2007  

Lessons from the Westray Mine

In the spring of 1992, the Westray mine in Nova Scotia received the prestigious J.T. Ryan Award for Safety from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as ‘the safest coal mine in C…