Posts tagged Safety

June 16, 2015

ISRI Safety Stand Down Day June 24th

Tom Stanek

Scrap Recyclers are encouraged to join the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) industry wide Safety Stand Down Day on June 24, 2015.

All ISRI members are asked to recognize Safety Stand-Down Day by shutting down operations for at least one hour on every shift to engage in safety awareness training. Demonstrate to your workforce that safety is your number one core value and that you consider your workers to be the most important asset of your operation. Each Monday in June leading up to Safety Stand-Down Day,


See the ISRI web site for useful resources to use as part of your training. These guides will focus on five topics: mobile equipment, lockout/tagout, confined spaces, machine guarding, and fall protection.


February 3, 2014

Scrap Yard Safety on Stairs and Inclines

Tom Stanek

Often with safety in scrap yards, the small things are taken for granted.  The tactile edge on stairways is one of those things.  Adding a slightly raised and well defined edge to the edge of stairs makes all the difference in the world.  They are definitely an improvement to outdoor machinery installations, such as scrap metal shredding plants.

A simple scrap yard solution to increase the tactile edge on stairs and footing on inclines is to add small rebar or flat bar as pictured.  The profile of both edges is small enough to avoid trips, yet tall enough to provide traction to steel grating or stairs.

Traction Bars

Traction Bars

Low cost, easy to install, and easy to maintain.  Adding them to your machinery installation will enhance worker confidence on stairs and inclines.  You need your team on the job, not out with slips and falls.