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  1. Hydraulic Fracturing – Setting Rules and Regulations for Safer Processes

    Jul 11, 2013

    The United States has plenty of natural gas reserves trapped in shale formations around the country at a time when we desperately need clean energy resources to be more self-sufficient. Very convenient, but not without a flurry of controversy on the method of extraction – horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

  2. Fall Prevention Beats Fall Arrest Every Time

    May 30, 2013

    Fall prevention is important for several reasons, the first being that it will prevent a fall that can lead to death. That’s pretty darn important. But even if a worker avoids death from a fall, there are injuries that can kill later.

  3. Rail Loading Racks Provide Workers with Safer Access

    May 24, 2013

    Working four feet or higher above the ground requires special equipment. Believe it or not, a fall from that height can cause serious damage and sometimes even death. Fall prevention equipment that meets OSHA, industry, and local safety standards is required for any type of work that takes place at elevations four feet or higher – that includes loading/offloading rail cars.

  4. Four Types Of Structural Equipment That Enhance On The Job Safety

    May 21, 2013

    Structural equipment is designed to be strong enough to withstand outdoor use regardless of weather. It will also enhance job safety for your company’s operators by providing fall prevention and in the case of canopies, protection from the weather.

  5. Five Fall Prevention Products for Safer Truck Access

    May 13, 2013

    Keeping workers safe is the responsibility of every employer. Here we discuss five products that can help keep workers who access the tops of trucks safer everyday while they work.

  6. 7 Factors that Contribute to Flatbed Driver Falls

    Apr 22, 2013

    Having a job as a flatbed driver is dangerous for many reasons. Often more harmful than driving accidents, are falls. Falls can cause head, neck and shoulder injuries and even death.

  7. All Types of Tarps

    Apr 12, 2013

    Flatbed trailers are perfect for carrying all types of loads whether heavy, unusually shaped, or oversized. When the load consists of product that could be damaged by grit, grime or weather, tarps are used as protection.

  8. The Fall Protection Hierarchy Helps You Improve Worker Safety

    Feb 25, 2013

    When it comes to safety on the job, the first thing your company should do is evaluate all job duties and be aware of the safety issues for each. This way the company addresses safety options up front instead of simply reacting to them after an accident has occurred. A job performed at heights creates added danger so at Carbis we urge each company and worker to make him/herself knowledgeable about the hierarchy of fall protection.

  9. To Improve Fall Protection on the Job – Plan Ahead

    Feb 21, 2013

    When buying and using fall prevention equipment, there are several issues to take into consideration ensuring you have the proper equipment to do the job well and with no slips, trips, falls or other injuries.

  10. How to Know if Your Loading Rack Needs an Update

    Feb 13, 2013

    If loading racks came with expiration dates it would be easy to tell when you needed addressing. But because they don’t it can be difficult sometimes to know when one needs updating. Maybe the current loading rack got to the jobsite before you did and you may not really know what it was designed to do. Or maybe your company’s loading rack has seen better days after many years of service.

  11. Diesel Exhaust Fluid Helps Eliminate Nitrogen Oxide Emissions

    Feb 11, 2013

    Diesel Exhaust Fluid or DEF for short is a clear, non-hazardous and non-flammable liquid. It is neither a fuel, nor a fuel additive but it works with Selective Catalytic Reduction systems (SCRs) to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel exhaust. DEF is made up of 32.5% high-purity urea and the rest is de-mineralized water.

  12. Fall Protection Hierarchy Helps You Make the Best Choice for Worker Safety

    Oct 22, 2012

    By law there are certain rules that companies have to follow. Worker safety is one of the most important. Protective and preventative measures help keep workers safe while performing dangerous job tasks involving heights and other hazards. Companies need to be well versed in OSHA and other safety regulations. Also, job tasks should be evaluated on a regular basis to see where improvements can be made.

  13. Frightened About Fracking? Don’t Be.

    Oct 18, 2012

    Techniques including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling can help make it possible for the United States to be more independent when it comes to our oil and natural gas supply. We have vast oil reserves that have gone untapped until these techniques were established.

  14. Take the Time to Ensure Proper Bonding & Grounding

    Oct 10, 2012

    Static electricity is everywhere so it may not seem like that big of a deal unless you’re surrounded by explosive chemicals. Even then drivers and other workers may become complacent and believe they don’t need to take the time to make sure their vehicle is properly grounded or bonded. But that is very dangerous and very wrong! Don’t let your drivers skip this life-saving step. Just one tiny spark is all it takes to create a huge disaster that can damage property, start fires and severely injure or kill workers.

  15. Loading Platform Accessories Help Get the Job Done – Gangways, Swing Gates & Cement Safety Cages

    Sep 27, 2012

    There are many products that will help keep your employees safer on the loading platform. Here we discuss a few of them and why they’re so important.

  16. What the Heck is Fracking and How Will It Profit America?

    Sep 20, 2012

    If you haven’t already heard the term “fracking” you will soon. There’s a lot of controversy over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but just like any beneficial solution it can have negative consequences if businesses are not made to follow the rules and perform the job correctly.

  17. Fall Arrest Systems and Flammable Liquids Are a Deadly Mix

    Sep 14, 2012

    Because tank trucks and rail cars come in different configurations, there can be inconsistent use of guardrails on loading and unloading platforms. So companies are given some leeway in implementing what is most appropriate. However, OSHA is clear on one rule and that is “safety belts and lanyards should not be used when loading flammable liquids because the employee should be able to move freely in case of a fire.”

  18. Spill Containment Protects Your Business And The Environment From Costly Chemical Damage

    Sep 07, 2012

    Treating the earth with respect has become a big priority. We only have one planet so people and businesses must make the effort to take care of it. Preventing a chemical spill does just that – it protects the environment and the population plus it keeps your company from paying large monetary fines.

  19. Save Lives by Properly Grounding and Bonding Tank Trucks & Rail Cars

    Sep 06, 2012

    Static electricity – it sounds pretty innocuous but imagine what could happen when a seemingly insignificant spark comes into contact with an explosive liquid. A split second is all it takes for a tiny spark to create a full-blown disaster.

  20. Truck Loading Terminals Customized To Encompass Your Needs

    Aug 28, 2012

    Two of the best things about getting a complete truck loading terminal from a turnkey business like Carbis is that (1) all the parts work together seamlessly and (2) you have the peace of mind knowing that everything was designed, constructed and tested in one place.

  21. Flatbed Fall Prevention Adds Safety and Ease to Tarping Flatbed Loads

    Aug 27, 2012

    Flatbed truck drivers have a dangerous job driving on America’s highways everyday. But this is not the only danger drivers encounter. Covering a load with a tarp may sound like a simply task, but it can lead to injury and often death.

  22. Platforms, Catwalks and Stair Towers – Fall Prevention for Safety at Heights

    Aug 23, 2012

    Working above ground level is always risky. That’s why there’s OSHA compliant fall prevention from Carbis. We construct platforms, catwalks and stair towers that can withstand industrial and stand up to weather. This equipment allows workers to be able to move about freely by providing a sturdy walking surface and guardrails to prevent falls.

  23. Transloading – Efficiently Moving Crude Oil to the Refinery

    Aug 21, 2012

    In America’s search to find more crude oil at home, companies have had to travel to places previously not breached; partly because there has been no way to get to the oil and partly because there is no pipeline that runs the expanse of the country.

  24. Let Loading Arms Do All Your Transloading Work

    Aug 16, 2012

    Hoses and loading arms are the two most popular products for loading/offloading tank trucks and rail cars. Each option has its purpose as far as moving product, ease of use and increased throughput.

  25. Avoid the Dangers of Harness Hang Syndrome with Proper Fall Prevention Equipment

    Aug 14, 2012

    Fall arrest systems should not be used if at all possible. Try to find a workaround if at all possible by referencing the Hierarchy of Fall Protection – using either fall restraint or fall prevention to perform a job with a higher level of safety. You just might save the life of one of your employees.

  26. Fall Protection Hierarchy – Striving to Omit Hazards on the Job

    Aug 10, 2012

    Safety on the job should always be your company’s first concern. You might think it should be profits, but you’ll lose a great deal of your profits if fall prevention is not your first objective. Falls and other on the job injuries cost your company in manpower, time and money. Protective and preventative measures need to be in place to keep your workers safe while performing jobs involving heights and other safety hazards.

  27. Extracting and Transporting Our Own Crude Oil Can Make The U.S. Less Dependent on Foreign Sources

    Aug 08, 2012

    America’s dependency on foreign oil combined with the skyrocketing prices of that oil have forced us to look in our own backyard for new sources and come up with ways to reach sources we know are there but have been inaccessible until now. Thanks to progress in drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology the U.S. is working daily to be less dependent on foreign oil.

  28. Structural Pipe Racks for Optimal Stability and Product Throughput

    Aug 06, 2012

    Pipe racks, also called pipe bridges, offer your business long-lasting stability while supporting the load of heavy pipes. It’s amazing how much weight these structural pipe racks can hold. But one thing to remember is – the heavier the load, the more hazardous it can be, so it’s imperative that safety measures are in place and followed.

  29. Safer Ship Access with Stage Gangways

    Aug 03, 2012

    From tankers to bulk carriers to barges, the main theme for all these vessels is safety. Whether for passengers or workers, access and egress should be safe and free of obstacles.

  30. Gain Safe Access When Your Ship Comes In - Ship Tower Gangways

    Jul 30, 2012

    As we discussed last week, working on a ship has its dangers and these dangers are nothing to take lightly. Today we discuss accessing a ship safely with fall prevention equipment including Ship Towers and Gangways.

  31. Marine Loading Arms for Safer Loading and Offloading

    Jul 25, 2012

    Every job has its hazards – some more than others. If your work place is a ship whether bulk carrier, tanker, barge or multi-purpose vessel you still need to get your job done efficiently, correctly and safely just like any worker. However, your floating office lends itself to a few more hazards than the average worker.

  32. Aircraft Maintenance Safety

    Jul 20, 2012

    Many of the blog posts on this site refer to tanker trucks and rail cars fall protection and access systems — but fall prevention is also essential for those who maintain aircraft. Today we talk about particular safety systems for airplanes and helicopters in both the commercial and military fields.

  33. Fall Protection – Some of the issues to consider

    Jul 18, 2012

    Some of the issues that have to be considered in determining the correct fall protection systems are listed...more.

  34. Fall Prevention and Safety in a Warehouse Setting

    Jul 16, 2012

    Each job site is different yet all have something in common and that is the need for worker and visitor safety. For the duties pertaining to warehouse work there are products specifically designed to help you improve safety and increase throughput for your workers.

  35. Flatbed Tarping — Are YOU Doing it Safely?

    Jul 11, 2012

    Tarping flatbed loads is more difficult and dangerous when it’s done manually. Walking on top of unstable or uneven loads is a risk that driver’s should never attempt because it can lead to fatal falls. Sometimes even the tarps themselves can be heavy, as much as 150 pounds, and hard to manage causing ergonomic issues. If it happens to be raining, sleeting or snowing a slippery plastic tarp can become deadly.

  36. Slips and Falls Cost Your Company More than Money

    Jul 06, 2012

    Fall injuries are not only dangerous but also very costly. The average cost of a slip and fall injury is around $28,000. Each year in the United States, workers’ compensation and medical costs associated with occupational falls have been estimated at $70 billion.

  37. OSHA and NIOSH Work Together for Fall Prevention

    Jul 02, 2012

    Slips and falls on the job cause injuries, death and huge costs for workers and employers every year. In 2010, over 10,000 workers were injured by falls while 255 workers died because of a fall.

  38. Transloading – Rail Car to Truck to Refinery

    Jun 27, 2012

    Last week’s blog talked about transloading, what it is and how it’s used to transport oil to a pipeline or refinery. Today we look at the second half of the journey, which is unloading the railcar back into a tanker truck near the pipeline or refinery. Also discussed is the importance of having a proper terminal and how the terminal should provide safety for workers and protection from chemical spills.

  39. Transloading - Trucks to Rail Cars

    Jun 22, 2012

    If the United States plans to be more self-sufficient when it comes to supplying our own fuel needs then our pipeline system must be improved so it can keep up with the increase in crude oil production. Until then, each well owner is responsible for getting the product to the refinery safely and cost effectively. In order to do that, proper terminals need to be constructed with proper safety equipment to prevent accidents and keep the crude oil moving to the refinery.

  40. New York Governor to Allow But Limit Hydrofracking

    Jun 18, 2012

    According to the New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing yet limit it to those portions of New York State that are struggling financially.

  41. Crush Syndrome

    Jun 13, 2012

    When your business is debating fall prevention versus fall protection for workers, you can probably guess that fall prevention is the preferred way to go. You guessed right. Fall prevention is designed to PREVENT falls whereas fall protection is designed to protect AFTER a fall, which in many instances is too late.

  42. Spill Containment

    Jun 07, 2012

    The Boy Scouts have a great motto, “Be Prepared”. Accidents happen. Sometimes there really is no way around it. Of course if you’re properly prepared there will be less chance of having an accident but because humans drive tank trucks and trains that carry toxic chemicals, spill containment is necessary.

  43. Marine Ladders, Towers and Loading Arms

    Jun 04, 2012

    Increase productivity and fall prevention simultaneously using a variety of fall prevention equipment that can be customized for your specific marine loading and offloading needs.

  44. Barge and Stage Gangways – Providing Safer Marine Access

    May 30, 2012

    If your company’s office is a ship there are special considerations when it comes to the safety of your employees. It doesn’t matter if you work on bulk carriers, access tankers, barges or other multi-purpose vessels your workers need to get their jobs done safely and efficiently using equipment that's up-to-date.

  45. Bottom Loading Arms

    May 25, 2012

    Bottom Loading Arm Systems are the ideal solution when it comes to fall prevention. There are plenty of other benefits as well: • Operator remains on the ground avoiding falls. • Connections can be made quickly reducing overall loading time. • Bottom loading fills tanks faster and creates less turbulence in the tank so the danger of generating static electricity is reduced. • Multiple compartments can be loaded simultaneously. • Bottom loading reduces vapors.

  46. Top Loading Arms

    May 21, 2012

    There are two types of loading arms. Those that load product from the top of a tanker truck or rail car and those that load from the bottom. Whether you need top or bottom loading arms will depend on many factors including the type of product being loaded, the current terminal set up, vehicle types and more. These factors need to be discussed with the company who will manufacture your loading arms. Today we focus on the different types of top loading arms and circumstances in which they come in handy.

  47. Implementing a Fall Prevention Program for Your Company

    May 16, 2012

    When setting up a fall prevention program for your business, first you should make yourself aware of OSHA rules regarding working at heights, as well as identifying problem spots within work areas before you create a written program.

  48. Debating Hydrofracking in New York State

    May 15, 2012

    If you ever want to start a heated debate, bring up the subject of hydrofracking. It’s sure to get people talking.

  49. A Well Executed Job Leads to More Work

    May 13, 2012

    Sometimes it can help put equipment functions into perspective when you read about its use in real world situations. That’s why today’s blog focuses on a couple examples that illustrate how companies have used fall prevention to improve conditions for their workers.

  50. Gangway Accessories – An Extra Layer of Prevention

    Apr 30, 2012

    Workers use gangways to gain safe passage from a loading rack or platform to rail car or truck hatches. Adding accessories to gangways can augment fall prevention as well as increasing throughput.

  51. Stay Safe with Rail Car Safety Cages

    Apr 13, 2012

    It’s possible to increase productivity at your company’s loading rack simply by adding proper fall prevention made to suit your business’s needs. Whether it’s a rail safety cage or rail enclosure, fall dangers will be minimized in the workplace when the facility’s unique requirements are taken into account.

  52. Fall Prevention Solutions for Tank Trucks

    Apr 11, 2012

    If your company is looking for ways to keep drivers safer and as an added bonus make their workday more efficient by increasing throughput, it’s time you check out a few types of truck enclosures.

  53. Fall Protection Works

    Apr 03, 2012

    Used properly, fall protection and fall prevention can really make a difference in saving lives on the job. Just ask the 2% of workers who were not involved in fatal falls on the job in 2010. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fatal work injuries involving falls decreased 2% in 2010 (from 645 in 2009 to 635 in 2010). Looking back to 2007, fatal falls are down 25% from the 847 that were reported that year.

  54. Proper Bonding & Grounding Protects Workers

    Mar 28, 2012

    It’s impossible to completely eradicate static electricity – it’s everywhere. And when your job is dealing with flammable liquids one tiny spark can cause a whole lot of damage. Before a driver begins pouring, filtering, pumping, or mixing any flammable liquids, proper bonding and grounding must take place.

  55. Survival of the Fittest – Portable Platforms Help Your Business Adapt

    Mar 26, 2012

    Portable platforms with their versatility and flexibility not only provide safe access, they also create a more streamlined workflow. Because there are no standard configurations for tank truck and rail car hatches they can all be a bit different making it difficult for certain fall prevention equipment to work properly when loading and unloading. However, if your company uses portable access platforms that are height adjustable and easy to maneuver around the workplace, daily tasks go much more smoothly and falls are prevented.

  56. Keep On Truckin’ - Flatbed Safety!

    Mar 22, 2012

    Companies that ship product using flatbed trucks need to establish a fall prevention policy and ensure that all employees are trained and know how to use the equipment properly.

  57. Armed with Safety and Efficiency

    Mar 22, 2012

    Okay, you’ve purchased loading arms for your company so workers don’t have to lug around heavy hoses causing injury and creating trip and fall hazards. But now what? In order to make the most of your new loading arms as far as efficiency and safety are concerned you may want to look at some accessories that can help.

  58. Pipe Racks Offer Heavy-Duty Stability

    Mar 02, 2012

    Pipe racks are made to bear the load of the heavy industrial pipes they support. Because they do hold such incredibly large loads of weight, there need to be special considerations taken when building and using pipe racks.

  59. Loading Rack Canopies

    Mar 01, 2012

    Canopies are a simple addition to a loading rack yet they bring multiple benefits. For workers, canopies protect from glaring sun and dehydrating heat. They also protect workers and product from rain, sleet and snow.

  60. Platforms and Catwalks

    Feb 29, 2012

    Platforms and catwalks allow employees safe and easy access to critical areas involving height without restricting movement. When working at heights, safety on the job should always be a company’s first priority.

  61. Stair Towers

    Feb 28, 2012

    Stair towers are fall prevention for workers who needs to access levels where a ladder can’t reach. Whether it’s a ship, a multiple story building, bridge or other tall structure, stair towers are excellent fall prevention and are built to withstand the elements.

  62. The Importance of Structural Fall Prevention

    Feb 27, 2012

    Structural equipment, made to fit certain job tasks and particular OSHA guidelines, is what allows workers to safely perform their job. This equipment is termed fall prevention and works as “gravity resistance” to keep workers from falling to their death.

  63. Fall Prevention Checklist

    Feb 24, 2012

    Every workplace has its hazards. When it comes to tanker truck, rail car, aviation and marine environments the hazards have a tendency to be more life threatening than the average office. In order to keep workers safe, OSHA has done a lot of the work for you by setting standards that should be employed in every workplace.

  64. Renewable Natural Gas

    Feb 23, 2012

    Biogas goes by several names including biomethane, digester gas, landfill gas or swamp gas. It doesn’t sound appealing no matter what you call it. Biogas is the product of decomposition of organic matter without oxygen – a.k.a. anaerobic decomposition.

  65. Focus on Alternative Fuels – Methanol

    Feb 22, 2012

    Methanol is considered an alternative fuel by the U.S. government under its Energy Policy Act of 1992. Also known as wood alcohol, methanol has chemical and physical fuel properties similar to ethanol.

  66. LPG - The Least “Alternative” Alternative Fuel

    Feb 21, 2012

    In America’s never-ending search for alternative fuel sources there are several that seem promising – solar, wind, biofuels, water, ethanol, natural gas and LPG or liquefied petroleum gas. LPG is widely available so it’s often referred to as the least “alternative” of the alternative fuels.

  67. Biodiesel Fuels – A Suitable Alternative

    Feb 20, 2012

    Biodiesel fuels are getting a lot of buzz because they are a renewable, clean-burning diesel fuel replacement that could help reduce America’s dependence on foreign petroleum, create green jobs and be less destructive to the environment.

  68. Cooling Pump Systems

    Feb 17, 2012

    Cooling pump systems can be used for a number of reasons. Whether you need to keep equipment at a specific temperature or you need to cool liquid or air, a well-designed cooling pump system can be energy efficient and cost effective.

  69. Chemical Feed Systems

    Feb 16, 2012

    A chemical feed system is a sizeable investment for any business. So make sure that the company you choose can help you design and build a system that works accurately for your unique business. Inferior products can wreak havoc on throughput, budgets, product quality and more.

  70. Skid Systems

    Feb 15, 2012

    Skid mounted systems keep everything you need for pumping or metering chemicals contained in one place. These systems can be integrated into existing or newly designed loading rack systems. This integrated set-up creates a more cost-effective, safe and efficient workplace.

  71. Carbis Announces a New Website

    Feb 14, 2012

    “New” is always exciting and full of possibilities. Carbis launches a brand new website for a venture into fluid handling.

  72. Barge Gangways Create Safe Passage

    Feb 13, 2012

    Gangways provide safe transit from dock to ship and back, so make sure your barge has an updated gangway with guardrails and non-slip steps for workers and visitors.

  73. A Call to Loading Arms

    Feb 10, 2012

    Employees who work on a ship are subject to a few more hazards than the rest of us. If a worker takes a tumble into the water from several stories high it could be quite dangerous. Also, the weight of the products being loaded/unloaded can crush anything, or anyone, underneath. Consequently extra safety measures such as marine loading arms make sense when loading/unloading a ship.

  74. Ship Towers For All Level Access

    Feb 09, 2012

    A fall off the side of a ship from several stories high can do great damage to the body even when falling into water. At those heights water will not welcome anyone with open arms. Depending on how the body lands is another factor. If the body is lateral when it hits the water, the deceleration force will be worse than if a person falls feet first. Either way there’s probably going to be some injury. Avoid falls with safe, all-level access using ship towers.

  75. Are Chemicals in Hydraulic Fracturing Poisoning Our Drinking Water?

    Feb 08, 2012

    There is more than one way of doing things. Looking for untapped energy sources at home means evaluating and employing all the possibilities that make sense: natural gas, solar, wind or water (hydro) power. There will be proponents and naysayers on both sides of every issue so take what you hear and read with a grain of salt.

  76. Hydraulic Fracturing – Concern Over Chemicals

    Feb 07, 2012

    What chemicals are used for hydraulic fracturing and what happens to the used water and chemicals after the fracking process is complete? The Interior Department will soon require that chemicals be identified and each well must guarantee that no fluids escape during the horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing processes.

  77. Hydraulic Fracturing Gets Thumbs Up from President Obama

    Feb 06, 2012

    Now it seems even the President is on the hydraulic fracturing bandwagon. While everyone may not agree with the process of hydraulic fracturing as “clean” we can certainly all agree that the United States must become less dependent on foreign countries for its oil.

  78. Military Aircraft Systems

    Feb 03, 2012

    Military aircraft systems are versatile enough to replace many of the ladders and stands that have been used as access in the past. With an onboard motor and steering, this steel constructed system is easy to maneuver and has adjustable height platforms that can provide safe and effective access to a number of aircraft systems.

  79. Helicopter Maintenance Stands

    Feb 02, 2012

    Having the proper tools is vital to performing an excellent and thorough job in any industry. When maintaining helicopters it’s very important - especially to the people flying in them. Ensure that your company’s maintenance crew has exactly what they need to properly maintain your helicopter fleet.

  80. Crew Access Stands

    Feb 01, 2012

    Aircraft maintenance crews need love, too. So make them feel special by employing appropriate fall prevention and that includes a versatile crew access stand. These types of stands provide safe and easy access to different size aircraft and arc openings.

  81. Crush Syndrome

    Jan 31, 2012

    Crush Syndrome is a life-threatening situation that occurs often in earthquakes, climbing accidents and on industrial job sites. It happens when there is a consistent force applied to the body – most often the lower extremities. If a person is left in this position for four hours or more, crush syndrome can take place.

  82. Fall Arrest and Flammable Liquids – The Recipe for Disaster

    Jan 30, 2012

    Fall arrest and flammable liquids together are an accident waiting to happen. Wearing fall arrest gear, a worker may not be able to escape a fire or explosion should one occur. This is where another look at fall prevention can save the day and employees.

  83. Loading Arm and Fall Protection Integration

    Jan 27, 2012

    If your company decides to invest in one or more loading arms, be sure to address integration with your fall protection first. This way the company can avoid a lot of future headaches.

  84. Multi-Access Systems

    Jan 26, 2012

    If your business needs a versatile piece of equipment that can be transformed to meet all sorts of safety and space requirements, a multi-access system may be just what you need. A platform, stairs and handrails can be mixed and matched to fit into myriad spaces with just the tightening of a few bolts.

  85. Spill Containment

    Jan 25, 2012

    OSHA and the EPA have rules pertaining to rail cars and tank trucks that transport harmful chemicals and fuels. Companies must be prepared for accidental spills, drips and overfilling that could seep into the ground or leak into a water supply. That’s where spill containment comes in.

  86. Fracking, Oil Extraction and Transporting

    Jan 24, 2012

    What do you do when you’ve struck huge amounts of oil but there’s no pipeline around for miles? After doing a happy dance you need to figure out how to transport this black gold to a refinery hundreds, maybe thousands, of miles away. If you had made this sort of discovery fifty years ago there wasn’t a lot you could do about it, but these days it is possible to extract crude oil from a shale deposit out in the middle of nowhere and transport it through several steps to a refinery.

  87. Tracking Gangways

    Jan 23, 2012

    Perfect for loading a variety of truck and rail car hatch configurations, tracking gangways are heavy-duty and maintenance-free making them an ideal part of your company’s fall prevention plan.

  88. The Advantages of Loading Skids

    Jan 20, 2012

    Loading skids have several advantages. For one thing, they make it safer for workers who handle hazardous liquids. Also, loading skids can provide a more accurate reading of the amount of transloaded product, which is beneficial for both the seller and the buyer because it eliminates guesswork and creates less product waste.

  89. The Importance of Proper Bonding & Grounding

    Jan 19, 2012

    Static electricity is everywhere and while it can never be totally eliminated, it can be controlled with proper bonding and grounding – emphasis on the word “proper”. One little spark is all it takes to create a disaster of gigantic proportions.

  90. Flatbed Fall Prevention

    Jan 18, 2012

    Often truck drivers think nothing of walking all over their load to spread a protective tarp, but depending on the load there are often uneven or unsteady walking surfaces. So here is another example where fall prevention can come into play.

  91. Fall Protection vs Fall Prevention

    Jan 17, 2012

    Getting the job done while simultaneously keeping workers safe is the goal of every company. However when job duties require working at heights each task should be evaluated for its risk and how that risk of injury can be decreased or eliminated altogether.

  92. Shale Oil Plays

    Jan 16, 2012

    As crude oil costs continue to rise by leaps and bounds and because America depends so heavily on this oil, more US companies are looking for sources at home to lessen our grip of dependence on foreign countries.

  93. Hoses vs Loading Arms

    Jan 12, 2012

    There’s more than one way to load and unload product. The two most popular options for tank truck and rail cars are hoses and loading arms. Each option has its own purpose as far as moving product, ease of use and increased throughput.

  94. What is Fracking?

    Jan 12, 2012

    Due to the ever-increasing price of crude oil, Americans have been forced to search for new oil sources at home. It has become much easier to reach the oil deposits now than in the past thanks to two fairly new processes – horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

  95. What is Transloading?

    Jan 11, 2012

    What if you just found crude oil but were hundreds of miles away from any refineries or pipelines? If you’re able to get the product out of the ground it won’t be worth anything if you can’t transport it to a specific location to be refined. And if the location crosses rivers, mountains or other barriers you may need more than one form of transportation. That’s where transloading comes in.

  96. Harness Hang Syndrome

    Jan 10, 2012

    People who work at heights wear a harness on the job to stay safe in case of a fall but sometimes the harness could be the very thing that kills a worker, especially if he/she is knocked unconscious. If conscious, a worker should pump their legs to keep the blood flowing, if unconscious other workers need to know how to get the person down in a hurry!

  97. Hierarchy of Fall Protection

    Jan 09, 2012

    In a perfect world no one would ever fall from great heights and be killed. But as we all know this is not a perfect world and gravity never takes a holiday.

  98. Finding New Ways To Extract and Transport Crude Oil in America

    Jan 04, 2012

    America is number ten on the list of top ten countries in the world with the most oil reserves – right behind Mexico and Libya. So why aren’t we producing more crude oil?