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As explained in our two earlier chapters, in this series we are focusing on some of the recommendations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor, a referent for those of us who work to improve safety in industries and to reduce workplace accidents.

Today, we’ll be discussing OSHA’s recommendations pertaining to the prevention of falls in the workplace, and comment on the benefits of Claitec’s Fall Protection System, an ideal solution for hazardous areas designed to stop the machine’s operation to prevent further damages.

According to data published by OSHA in its “Stop Falls” campaign, falls are the main cause of death in construction. Anyone working in this sector knowns how prevalent and widespread falls are.

The following tips will help us prevent this type of work-related accident by planning our tasks well in advance in order to be able to observe and understand the potential risks and take the appropriate measures.

Similarly, it’s important to include in the total cost estimate of any work the amount corresponding to the appropriate equipment for working at heights, in such a way as to be able to provide the operators with everything they need to safely perform their tasks, covering all risks and providing the greatest possible number of protection mechanisms for our employees. In addition, OSHA emphasises the need to provide trainings that ensure operators understand how they should proceed and what measures they must take to be safe.

Claitec has been working on this issue for a long time and our team has developed a helpful system that has already prevented many serious accidents and improved overall safety in many workplaces – the Fall Protection System.

The FPS System consists of a retractable safety device which, is anchored to a fixed element and connected to the worker with a safety harness. When a fall occurs, the harness tenses up and the Fall Protection Device detects this tension. This device is also responsible for sending the stop signal to the machinery in the plant, causing a quick halt in the functioning of the machine, which results in a quick stop of its operation, eliminating all risks and preventing serious injuries or fatal accidents.

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As explained in our two earlier chapters, in this series we are focusing on some of the recommendations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor, a referent for those of us who work to improve safety in industries and to reduce workplace accidents.

Today, we’ll be discussing OSHA’s Safety Practices Once Tractor Trailers arrive at their destination –  Indications that are well worth taking into account when manoeuvring any type of cargo vehicle – be it truck, trailer or forklift – whenever these are in operation in our industries such as in the cases of  loading docks or storage areas.

The following tips apply to three different movements:

  1. When parking
    a) Park on level ground and close to the receiving door or site
    b) Set and test brakes
    c) Place wheel chocks between the tandem wheels of the trailer
    d) Do not attempt to stop a rolling vehicle.

  2. When Backing up
    a) Get out and look
    b) Use flashers, horn, and backup alarms
    c) Check both side mirrors
    d) Roll down windows to hear
    e) Know your vehicle’s blind spots
    f) Use a spotter
    g) Back up slowly

  3. When coupling and uncoupling
    a) Only trained workers should perform this procedure
    b) Ensure stable footing when releasing the fifth wheel or adjusting tandems
    c) Wear bright visible clothing
    d) Set parking brakes and perform tug test
    e) Keep clear of tires and frames
    f) Check for vehicular traffic near you

All these suggestions added to our prior knowledge will undoubtedly be extremely helpful in improving occupational safety in our industries and preventing workplace accidents.

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As explained in part one of this series, the following articles will be focused on trying to understand some of the recommendations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor, a referent for those of us who work to improve safety in industries and to reduce workplace accidents.

The following are some valuable tips highlighted in the OSHA Pocket Guide for warehouse workers to keep in mind:

First, it is important to note that the Guide indicates that fatal accidents occur in greater proportion in warehouses than in other industrial spaces. As earlier explained, these facts are associated with the incorrect use of forklifts, problems in organising and storing stock, the misuse of personal safety elements, problems complying with previously established safety standards, and shortcomings in fire control systems and repetitive motion injuries, among several other factors.

The Guide also analyses a wide variety of potential risks that lurk around in warehouse spaces and it presents a list of the most frequent risks, including those associated with forklifts and miscommunications, such as not explaining procedures clearly, not keeping track of tools or substances being processed, and not providing up-to-date training.

In addition, some of the most frequent potential risks are also related to electrical wiring and to the design of the electrical system, problems with openings, blind spots and doors, and air pollution problems.

The OSHA Pocket Guide offers a detailed analysis of each of these risks and a number of recommendations to be implemented in order to solve them.

We can’t recommend you consult this document enough.

We are sure that you will find valuable elements to help you continue advancing in your quest towards occupational safety and the reduction of workplace accidents in your industry.

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When talking about occupational health and safety and the prevention of industrial accidents, there is a key reference that is well worth knowing and keeping in mind – the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
That’s why in this post and in future instalments, we would like to discuss its role and other relevant aspects of this organisation what are relevant to the safety of your business.

The objective of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is “to guarantee safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women by establishing and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance”.

OSHA’s standards are rules that “describe the methods that employers must follow by law to protect their employees against hazards.” According to the administration itself, before OSHA can issue a safety standard, this must be subjected to an extremely broad and lengthy process that includes a high degree of public participation, notification, and evaluation.  

The construction, marine, agricultural, and general industry standards issued by OSHA protect employees from a wide range of serious hazards. Among other things, these standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals that employees can be exposed to, it dictates the use of certain safe practices and equipment, and it requires employers to keep certain hazards in the workplace under control.

Some examples of OSHA’s standards are:

  • The requirements to provide fall protection.
  • To prevent landslides during ditching activities.
  • To prevent exposure to some infectious diseases,
  • To ensure the safety of employees entering restricted spaces.
  • To prevent exposure to such harmful chemicals as asbestos and lead.
  • To install safety guards on machinery.
  • To provide respirators or other safety equipment.
  • To offer training for certain dangerous jobs, as detailed by the agency itself on its website.

OSHA’s standards promote greater care in the occupational safety and protection of operators against occupational accidents – something which is very much in line with the measures Claitec enforces on a daily basis.

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One of the most common questions we get asked by our customers is whether Claitec offers high visibility vests to assist in the safety and accident prevention in our industries.

To answer this pressing question, in this post we would like to discuss the perfect solution – a vest with a pocket specially designed to insert a T-10R Tag for the detection of people.

A high visibility safety vest with a built-in pocket for the T-10 and T-10R Tags, which is available at very affordable costs with significant discounts for wholesale purchases.

The vest comes with a unique functionality that locks the pocket where the tag is contained to ensure that the operator does not remove it or loses it, providing additional protection and avoiding the risk of any distractions. This function consists of a plug and a nail as the locking mechanism and its corresponding decoupler. These ensure that the person carries the T-10R at all times. Only an authorised person or person in charge can remove the tag from the vest.

The positive impact of the use of these vests is very clear as they make operators very visible and noticeable to the rest of the people, avoiding accidents with forklifts or other large machinery, and improving overall health and safety in our industries.

It’s important to bear in mind that the T-10R Tag is a highly technological tool in itself that perfectly complements any of the other safety systems in any industry and it fulfils the bidirectional function of alerting both the pedestrian and the forklift.

The Tag T-10R is a long-lasting active RFID device that can be placed on any person and on any active equipment or element in our industries and workspaces, thereby allowing it to be detected accurately by the AC-50 Activator. This tool has three alert systems – Visual, with powerful LEDs, and acoustic with an audible Beep and Vibration.

Among the various qualities of the T-10R Tag it’s important to highlight its robust design and overall endurance, which makes it suitable to withstand the daily whirlwind of our work spaces and to expose itself to different blows or movements typical of our activities, without running the risk of being damaged or generate failures. In addition, the T-10R has a battery that can be recharged wirelessly, adding more comfort and safety for the operator, as it ensures that the tag has enough energy all the time.

Do you have any questions about this topic? About any other issue? Do you need our advice on matters pertaining to safety at work?

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One of the questions we most frequently get asked by our customers pertains to the maximum speed forklifts should be circulating to prevent work accidents. This is a natural concern given that the daily work dynamics increasingly involves the coexistence of operators with several of these heavy vehicles in the same space. This forces us to establish parameters and general operating regulations to improve occupational safety and prevent workplace accidents.

There is no regulation establishing a specific speed range, although many safety managers rely on the technical notes published by INSHT institutes in each country. In general, it is considered acceptable to maintain a speed circulation of 20 km/h in open outdoor spaces, and a limit of 10 km/h in indoor spaces where pedestrians coexist regularly.

At Claitec we have also developed a range of solutions that keep forklift operators safe at all times.

Solutions like the Pedestrian Alert System (PAS), a tool that alerts drivers when it detects a person at adjustable distances from 1 to 6.5 meters. It is a unique system capable of differentiating people from objects, and even detecting operators behind walls or shelves!

The PAS System minimises the number of accidents, reduces the risk of being run over, and generates safer and more efficient work environments. It can be easily complemented with other safety systems.

Another option is the LSA Solution, an electronic safety device which limits the circulation speed of forklifts. It is specially designed to complement the safety tools of the vehicle and to reduce its speed in areas where there are operators on foot. This solution is a great ally to help you reduce accidents and collisions between vehicles, often caused by speeding.

Once the LSA Solution is installed, its operation is remarkably simple, and it does not require any action from the operator. The forklift that is equipped with this system reacts when entering an area in which its use was determined, and it activates a signal that forces it to adapt to the established limit, which can be selected as either “slow” or “fast”.

Beyond the above, our safety technician – a professional with extensive experience in the matter and in constant contact with factories and warehouses -, recommends analysing each specific case to adopt the most appropriate safety measures in each company.

In addition, there are some factors to consider to ensure you are making an appropriate decision:

  1. Forklifts of different types or manufacturers differ in size, weight, and construction materials. These characteristics must be taken into account to establish the proper speed of the vehicle – the heavier the vehicle, the lower the speed should be.

  2. The condition of the aisles through which the trucks circulate must also be taken into account. The surface resistance and its anti-slip ability will determine the distance necessary to brake the vehicle.

  3. Another element of essential importance is the visibility of the driver. Driving speed should be slower in areas of poor visibility.

  4. Ramps, curves, and road obstacles should be considered. The speed of the truck must be lower as the inclination of a ramp increases. Also, quick turns should be avoided at all times.

  5. Once the appropriate speed limit has been determined in each case, it will be necessary to guarantee its compliance by all operators. Effective communication with employees is essential to achieve this goal. And it is advisable to sign at appropriate intervals and places the agreed speed limit, as a reminder for drivers.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying any of our solutions to your work environment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The safe, agile and efficient circulation of operators is of vital importance in our industries. Guaranteeing the integrity of the people who are part of our teams and achieving safe spaces is key as it will not only provide us with better results, but it will also decrease the number of accidents at work.

In this post we’ll discuss three systems that allow for a safer pedestrian circulation in our industries.

1) VAS System:

Firstly, our Visual Alert System, an innovative development that warns pedestrians and/or forklifts of any risk situations by projecting signals on the ground. Such signals are very visible to operators and easy to detect. They are extremely useful in spaces with highly frequent pedestrian traffic. The floor signs are a lot more effective than the  panoramic mirrors and the posters that are traditionally used in industries as these are generally placed too high to be seen or end up becoming part of the general landscape of the site, and people stop paying attention to them.

2) PAS System:

One of the most sought-after systems at Claitec, the Pedestrian Alert System (PAS) warns forklift drivers when a person is detected at adjustable distances of 1 to 6.5 meters. It is a unique system capable of discriminating between people and objects. It even detects operators who are behind a wall or a shelf! The PAS System minimises the number of accidents at work and reduces the very real risk of being run over in our industries. It generates a much safer and more efficient working environment for all. It also complements, in a very simple way, other safety systems.

3) PCS Solution:

A very useful and easy to deploy system, the Pedestrial Cross Safety Solution is designed to ensure the physical integrity of pedestrians in crossing spaces, and it can easily be applied throughout the industry. This tool signals the forklift through a system of traffic lights previously installed in a workspace of the presence and the eventual crossing of pedestrians in their area. It’s remarkable how easy the PCS Solution is to implement – apart from the traffic lights, pedestrians circulating in the workspace must carry small tags – similar to a key chain -, which will emit light signals when detected by a previously installed activator. That same activator sends the signal to the traffic lights, which then indicate the presence of the person.

If you would like to find out more about these three solutions, or any of our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

This June 5 commemorates World Environment Day, an important date in a special and challenging year for our society. A year when we feel it’s more important than ever to emphasise the need to act responsibly towards our environment at every step we take in our industries. We must understand that the ecological factor should be a key element in our vision and a fundamental element to help us take better care of health and safety in our work spaces.

Claitec is 100% committed to the environment and we view businesses as key pieces to global environmental responsibility. For this reason, our quality and environmental management systems are certified in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015 and 14001: 2015 for the activities of design, development and commercialisation of security systems for the protection of people.

We cannot conceive of a solution if it is not a truly environmentally responsible tool. And we cannot conceive it without generating a sustainability plan both for its manufacture and use and for its subsequent disposal. This is how we talk about it daily with suppliers, customers and the general public, and how we explain it in this earlier post about the life cycle of our products.

By way of summary, it should be remembered that the analysis of the life cycle of a product consists of the detailed analysis of each of its phases in order to detect whether or not it generates an environmental impact. In a typical product, the phases that are analysed are: Composition (chemical products and raw materials), Manufacturing (chemical products and process), Distribution, Use of the product and End of life.

In addition, we also feel it’s very important for all industries to have their own environmental management and environmental responsibility plans, and we invite all of us to be aware and take action in this regard.

There are simple steps that we can take in each of our routines, and that can undoubtedly generate a contribution of enormous value. Responsible energy consumption, recycling policies and efficiency and impact reduction policies are just some of the issues to consider, as we also discussed in this other post.

If you have any questions about this topic or any other query and require our advice, don’t hesitate to contact us, we are here to help!

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses returning to work need to reinvent themselves in order to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. More than ever it is imperative we maintain respect and solidarity between people in order to return to work in this “new normal” that appears to be here for a long time.

The team at Claitec wants to contribute to these challenging times with a proactive attitude, introducing new proposals to ensure that the industry goes on and it’s able to continue to work safely and with all possible health guarantees.

According to all experts, while there’s no efficient vaccine to alleviate the disease, the best way to minimise infections between individuals is to maintain a physical distance.

That’s why today we would like to present our new T-10R SD (Social Distance sensor) solution based on our T-10R system. We have modified it to alert workers when the preprogramed safety distance protocols are breached.

1. What is the T-10R SD system?

The T-10R SD is a proximity monitoring solution designed to maintain the physical distance established between people within the same workplace (offices, warehouses, logistics centres, workshops, etc.).

2. What devices can be it used with? We have two solutions.

The T-10RSD tag is a long-lasting active RFID device intended to ensure a safety perimeter of 2m between people (the distance recommended by health authorities).

The T-10RSD Badge is an adaptation of the T-10RSD tag, which also acts as a card holder. The operator only needs to carry a single device that includes the safety tag and the personal identification card.

3. How does it work?

All the person needs to do is to carry the tag to establish a safety perimeter of 2 to 4m. When another person (who is also carrying the tag) enters the 4m safety perimeter, the tag will turn on the orange light as a warning signal.

If the person comes closer than the 2m social distance, the tag will beep and turn on the red light as a warning signal for people to physically separate and minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

Please note that the distances are configurable.

Las principales características de los tags son:

  • Adjustable distance sensor
  • Set-up button
  • Fall warning system
  • Non-movement warning system
  • Two-way communication
  • Rechargeable battery
  • High intensity LED lighting
  • Mute vibrator
  • High intensity audible warning
  • Waterproof, easy to clean.

In times of pandemic we need to ensure maximum safety and efficiency in our workplaces and Claitec wants to contribute by discovering and adapting new technological solutions that make our work lives safer.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying this solution to your work environment, do not hesitate to contact us! We are here to help!

It goes without saying that we live challenging times. We found ourselves in a context unimaginable until recently overwhelmed by great many fears and pressures, trying to keep everyone around us safe, our families and the community at large. In this context – in a world full of tension – it’s important to remember the core principles of our industries. We should not forget the importance of keeping within the parameters that govern our work in order to guarantee safety and health in our work spaces.

For this reason, we would like to make use of this space to remind everyone involved in our industries to stay safe at work. Your safety is essential, so please take care of yourselves – that is the message we need to emphasise, over and over again.

The pressures, the difficulties, the added distractions cannot make us forget something as important as respecting workers’ safety norms. If we neglect ourselves, we risk the most important thing.

Obviously, work dynamics are changing all around us these days: mandatory distances, work shifts in smaller teams, more complete protective equipment – everything is different and we must adapt. But beyond that, the usual safety parameters cannot be altered. We must continue to provide greater access to safety tools and protocols which give operators the possibility of carrying out their task without facing great risks or jeopardising their integrity.

Safety tools – such as those developed here at Claitec – fulfill a fundamental task, always providing support to our operators.

Let’s not forget that technology can play a key role right now and help us make the task easier and safer.

Do you have any questions about this topic? About any other issue? Do you need our advice on matters pertaining to safety at work?

Do you have any questions about this topic? About any other issue? Do you need our advice on matters pertaining to safety at work?

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