Safeguarding Employees with Screens

OSHASafety screens play an important role in protecting people from moving equipment. If you don’t have screens installed with your inspection and access doors, you should.

“Doors are used to ‘enter’ equipment to inspect or work on the internal components,” said Jeff Lavery, KC Supply Co. owner. “With inspection doors, screens are usually permanently attached so that a tool is not required to open the door because they just ‘look’ at the equipment without entering (with tool, hand or body). For access doors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a tool to open the door – or a safety screen to prevent someone from sticking their hand or tool inside the equipment while it is running, thus potentially resulting in an injury or amputation.”

According to OSHA, amputations are among the most severe and disabling workplace injuries because they often result in permanent disability. They are widespread and involve various activities and equipment, including saws, presses, conveyors, and bending, rolling or shaping machines as well as powered and non-powered hand tools, forklifts, doors, trash compactors and during materials-handling activities.

Workplace injuries resulted in nearly 3,000 amputations in 2015, OSHA reported. A 2016 OSHA report revealed that there were 10,388 severe injuries caused by workplace conditions in 2015. These injuries led to 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. OSHA collected the data from 26 states that have higher safety standards than those mandated by federal regulations.

The manufacturing industry saw the highest proportion of accidents – it accounted for 57 percent of all amputations and 26 percent of all hospitalizations. Among the other industries with high accident rates were construction, transportation and warehousing as well oil and gas extraction.

The OSHA rules on “Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations” (OSHA 3170-02R) is available at www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3170/3170-02R-2007-English.html. The U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has similar guidelines in place for moving machine part hazards.

Safety screens are a necessary part of any material-handling system to help prevent accidents. Consider that that conveyor belt moving at 300 feet per minute – or 5 feet per second – will you’re your tool, your loose clothing, your hand or your arm 5 feet into the pinch point before you can even react.

Do you have questions regarding safety screens? Please let KC Supply help you make your workplace safer for your employees. KC Supply provides screens for several brands of doors, including Tsubaki, PS Doors, Civacon and Knappco brands. Call KC Supply Co. today at 800.KCSUPPLY and let us answer all your questions and help you determine which safety screens are right for your equipment and facility. Visit www.kcsupply.com for more information.

 

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KC Supply Co., Nationwide Mark Grain Bin Safety Week with Fifth-Annual Contest

Grain entrapment accidents  - KC Supply Co.Grain bins can be a dangerous place to work, and grain entrapment accidents are increasing, according to a 2017 report published by Purdue University.

Purdue keeps a database on reported accidents in confined agricultural spaces. In 2016, the school recorded 29 incidents involving grain entrapment accidents, 11 falls into or from grain storage structures, 10 asphyxiations in toxic environments and eight accidents involving entangled equipment.

Those numbers represent a 25% spike in the number of cases documented in 2015, according to Purdue’s report, which is compiled annually.

Much like quicksand, flowing grain can bury a worker within seconds. Trapped in chest-high grain, a person can suffocate quickly. Submerged in grain, it can take just four seconds for a person to become trapped to the point of helplessness.

To help rescue workers save people involved in grain entrapment accidents, Nationwide is launching its fifth-annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest to coincide with Grain Bin Safety Week. The goal is to prevent injuries and deaths by widely promoting safe bin-entry procedures, which include maintaining quality grain, testing bin atmosphere for toxic gases and wearing proper safety equipment. Contest winners will receive a grain rescue tube and rescue training.

Since 2014, Nationwide has awarded grain bin rescue tubes and training to 48 fire departments in 18 states. To help prevent further deaths and injuries, Nationwide collaborates with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) to provide safety training. The director of NECAS travels to training locations with a state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulator and rescue tube. The comprehensive training sessions include classroom education and a rescue simulation with the entrapment tool, which is loaded onto a 20-foot trailer and able to hold about 100 bushels of grain.

“Nationwide created this program and joined forces with partners across the country to make it happen for a single purpose – to save lives,” said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. “We understand the importance of the work that farmers are doing every day, and we will continue to make the rescue tubes and training available as long as these dangers exist.”

Last year, Glenville, Minnesota, Fire Chief Matt Webb rescued a man who had fallen into a bin of rotting corn. “The grain rescue training came back quickly, and it was a relief we had our own equipment,” he said. “The program that’s out there for these tubes and training is such a life-saving resource in our county.”

Grain Bin Safety Week is Feb. 18-24, 2018, and nominations for the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest will remain open until April 30. Both are supported by Nationwide and the following partners:

  • KC Supply
  • Agri-Business Insurance Services
  • Arthur J Gallagher & Co.
  • CHS
  • The Cornerstone Agency Inc.
  • David Larson Financial and Insurance Services Inc.
  • First Gabrielson Insurance Agency
  • KFSA Insurance Agency
  • The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
  • Nationwide Land As Your Legacy
  • NOHR Wortmann Engineering
  • Ravenna Feed & Grain
  • The Scoular Company
  • Sietsema Farms Feeds
  • Specialty Risk Insurance
  • West Side Salvage

“KC Supply Co. is proud to support this great cause to help save lives,” said Jeff Lavery, owner of KC Supply. “We have supported Nationwide’s program for a number of years and are grateful to continue to have this opportunity.”

KC Supply is a distributor of conveying and elevating equipment plus safety supplies for the ag industry. For more information, call 1.800.527.8775 (1.800.KC.SUPPLY) or visit www.kcsupply.com.

For more information about the program or nomination process, visit www.grainbinsafetyweek.com or watch this video.

 

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Choose Compliant Lighting for Your Grain Handling Facility

Grain handling facility - KC Supply Co.Hazardous locations – where there is the potential for a fire or explosion due to electrical equipment operating in an area where there might be flammable or ignitable gases, liquids, vapors, dusts or fibers – require equipment rated for the environment, including lighting.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have a published guide that classifies hazardous areas into classes, divisions and zones.

Class II locations consist of locations where combustible dusts may exist and have the potential to become flammable or ignitable. In Class II locations, the dust’s ignition temperature, electrical conductivity and thermal blanketing effect it can have on heat-producing equipment such as lighting fixtures and motors are the deciding factors in determining the Class II groups. Locations that would be considered among Class II locations include grain elevators and grain-handling facilities, and flour and feed mills.

Group G dusts include plastic dusts, most chemical dusts and food and grain dusts. They are not electrically conductive. These dusts, in general, have the highest thermal insulating characteristics and the lowest ignition temperatures. Thus, equipment for use in Group G atmospheres must have the lowest surface temperatures to prevent ignition of a layer by the heat generated by the equipment.

In 2017, there were three major dust explosions in the United States, which killed several employees. Most recently, in May, an explosion at a mill in Cambria, Wisc., killed five and injured 12.

Dust explosions are one of the most dangerous and challenging hazards facing a grain handling facility. That’s why Class II-G electrical components are required in grain elevators. These components include lighting.

This lighting is important for safety and for meeting OSHA’s hazardous location lighting safety standards (OSHA 29 CRF 1910.272). According to OSHA, compliant lighting should be “An apparatus enclosed in a case that is capable of withstanding an explosion of a specified gas or vapor that may occur within it and of preventing the ignition of a specified gas or vapor surrounding the enclosure by sparks, flashes, or explosion of the gas or vapor within, and that operates at such an external temperature that a surrounding flammable atmosphere will not be ignited thereby.”

Lighting rated for a grain handling facility must be designed to prevent inadvertent ignition, either by preventing ignited gases or materials from escaping the light during a fault or ignition within the light – which could ignite the surrounding volatile atmosphere – or by prohibiting the potential for the creation of sparks and heat. Also, switches, contacts, internal wiring and other potential sources of electrical energy are heavily shielded and sealed against the possibility of contact or damage that may cause sparks or overheating should the unit become damaged. So lamps and electrical contacts are encased within rugged sealed housings that can contain an internal explosion and/or channels are created through the use of finely threaded joints and pathways within housings that force escaping ignited gases to travel along lengthy passages before exiting the housing, in turn lowering the temperature of these gases to a safe level before exiting the unit and gaining exposure to the environment outside of the lamp.

Do you have questions about Class II-G-compliant lighting? Call the experts at KC Supply Co., 800.527.8775. KC Supply stocks an extensive inventory of Class II-G lighting as well as confined space entry, single-gas and multiple sensor gas monitors to maintain a safe working environment in your grain handling facility. Reduce the risks of fire, explosion, hazardous exposure and asphyxiation, and keep your employees safe with equipment rated for the environment. Visit us at www.kcsupply.com to learn more.

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Happy Holidays from KC Supply

Industrial/agricultural product supplier - KC Supply Co.

At this time of year and all year round, giving back to our community is something that KC Supply Co. Inc. feels privileged to do.

 

Industrial/agricultural product supplier KC Supply has supported Special Olympics of Kansas (SOKS) for years – through donations such as T-Bones Baseball season tickets and the Annual Polar Plunge. KC Supply is proud to once again team up with SOKS as one of the sponsors of this annual event, to be held January 27, 2018, in various locations throughout the KC metro area. 

 

At the Polar Plunge, brave souls raise money and then “plunge” into icy water in the middle of winter. It might sound crazy, but it’s for a worthy cause: the funds raised help Kansans with intellectual disabilities achieve greatness in inclusive communities across Kansas. 

 

SOKS annually serves more than 5,489 children and adults with intellectual disabilities through a grass-roots network of volunteers who serve as coaches and organize local events in one or more of the 22 different sports offered throughout the year. SOKS does not receive governmental funding and is not a United Way agency. It relies solely on the generosity of individuals and corporate donors.

“We feel that is it very important to support our community as well as charitable organizations,” said Jeff Lavery, owner of KC Supply. “We believe it is our obligation to assist others whenever possible. The Special Olympics of KS is a great organization, and supporting the Polar Plunge is one example of how we can help others. We are honored to be able to work with SOKS!”

If you’d like to join KC Supply in supporting this worthy cause – or maybe you’re brave enough to participate – visit plungeks.org.

 

KC Supply, industrial/agricultural product supplier, was founded in Kansas City in 1988 and has since become an industry leader. For more than 25 years, we’ve been leaders in conveying and elevating equipment. We also offer safety supplies and are proud to offer one of the largest selections of Knappco and Civacon products.

 

We know you have choices for suppliers, but KC Supply will work to earn your trust and become the experts you look to for the best products at the best prices. We want to be your valued business partner and will work hard to ensure that you keep returning to KC Supply year after year.

KC Supply is customer-focused and dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. Without our customers, we don’t exist!

Visit our website, www.kcsupply.com – if you can’t find what you need, please give us a call (800.527.8775 or 800.KCSUPPLY) and we will be happy to help you!

Happy holidays from our KC Supply family to yours! Thanks for making KC Supply your trusted industrial/agricultural product supplier!

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How to Choose a Railcar Hopper Gate Opener

Gate Opener - KC Supply Co.Unloading railcars is a slow, dirty and dangerous job. When you need to unload material from the bottom of the hoppers of railcars, railcar hopper gate openers can make the job safer and easier.

Gate openers allow a single operator to open or close hopper car gates in a fraction of the time required with manual tools. With the right railcar gate opener, even jammed railcar gates – the kind that require several workers to put in overtime or cause railcars to be shunted to alternate tracks – are easily and quickly opened.

Gate openers come in many different models with different features. Based on factors such as number of cars loaded, unloading site conditions including available utilities (compressed air pressure and volume, three-phase power, etc.), site security, and budget, there are many options. Wheeled-cart, beam-mount and portable gate openers are just a few.

So how do you decide which gate opener is best for your unloading site? Should you choose a fast, powerful model or a manual model? Consider the following to make your decision:

  • The condition and consistency of the railcars you process (Old and poorly maintained railcars mean more gate opener power is needed, and varying height capstans mean more height adjustability.)
  • The quantity of railcars you process on a daily, weekly or monthly basis (More gates mean more gate opener speed is needed.)
  • The condition and location of the unloading site (Remote sites or sites with uneven terrain can mean more gate opener automation, while tight quarters may require more gate opener manual operation.)
  • Your budget (Gate openers range in price from $1,000-$18,000, but financing and leasing programs are usually available.)

Trust KC Supply Co. Inc. to help answer your questions about gate openers and help you select the model that best fits your needs and budget. KC Supply Co. offers the industry’s best line of gate openers – the Door Demon. Key safety features of the Door Demon hopper gate openers include:

  • Safe, single-person operation
  • Helps prevent employee injuries
  • Lock out/tag out capabilities (OSHA Standard)
  • Powder-coated “safety yellow” for increased visibility
  • Removes workers from under railcars during unit operation
  • Drive controls return to neutral/stop upon release

Multiple power options are available: pneumatic, AC electric, DC electric, hydraulic and manual. With safety in mind, all Door Demon AC electric units are designed with explosion-proof motors and an enclosed kill switch for quick and easy shut-off. This safe solution is especially important in dusty, dirty environments, in industries where explosion risks are high such as fertilizers, grain, and ethanol.

Call KC Supply Co.’s experts for all your gate opener needs. We offer the industry’s best products for you. Call us at 800.527.8775 (800.KC.SUPPLY) or visit us at www.kcsupply.com.

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Why Urethane Liners?

Urethane Liners - KC Supply Co.Not all polyurethane, or “urethane,” liners are created the same or possess the same properties or quality. But how urethane is manufactured and fabricated determines how effective it is in a specific application.

Industries that can benefit from the use of urethane liners include the grain, sand and gravel, crushed stone, coal, gold, silver, copper, salt, and many others involved in the handling or conveying of bulk materials.

Industry applications for urethane liners include:

  • Grain: Areas of the bucket elevator including head section, distributors, transitions, elbows, spouts and chutes and screw conveyors; to protect grain, feed and other materials from breakage
  • Mining: Spouts and chutes, elbows, bins and hoppers, belt scrapers, noise and vibration dampening, feed boxes, classifier shoes, perforated particle sizing screens and skirt boards
  • Concrete: Lining of central batch mixers and blades
  • Foundry Castings: Lining of vibratory trough for deburring of parts; sandblast and shotblast curtains

Urethane is an elastomeric material with outstanding properties and wear characteristics that offers superior cut and abrasion resistance. It possesses the ability to “self-heal,” and can be formulated to have specific properties (i.e. co-efficient of friction, resiliency and compression set can be formulated high or low). Other benefits include its excellent resistance to ozone and aging, it’s resistance to many oils and solvents, and its outstanding low-temperature properties. It increases the lifespan of equipment and solves wear problems. Urethane can be molded and bonded to a variety of substrates, and it is lightweight, making it flexible and ideal for many applications.

When it comes to urethane liners, as with many products, you get what you pay for. For example, not all of them meet FDA standards for dry food handling and cushion grain, feed and other materials from breakage. So be selective when choosing a type and brand of liner so you don’t sacrifice quality, durability or service. You want a reliable, high-quality urethane liner because it will prove to be most cost-efficient for your business in the long run.

At KC Supply, quality urethane liners are stocked and ready-to-ship today!  Call our experts at 800.527.8775 to discuss what kind of urethane liner is best for your business, or visit our website at www.kcsupply.com/lining-materials to view our wide selection of lining materials.

 

 

 

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