Safety Binders: Employee Safety Series

ofr metals truck driverAt OFR Metals we are working to replace chain load binders with safety binders and/or ratcheting load binders to help our drivers more safely secure coils during transport.

Throughout the steel and manufacturing industries there have been many close calls and injuries that occur due to the old chain lever binders that were in use. Because employee safety is important to all of us, these close calls and injuries have proven it was time for OFR Metals to switch to better technology.

Safety Release Lever Binder

The safety release lever binder is safer than other lever style load binders. They allow the user to release the binder tension without any kick back from the handle, which was a common issue with the standard lever chain binders.

Ratcheting Load Binders

Ratcheting load binders are also a safer alternative to standard lever style load binders. They help to reduce force to your body. Both options do not need a cheater bar to be utilized.

Cheater bars can be a dangerous tool. While tightening with a cheater bar it requires a lot more force and the bar can kick back onto the individual’s body. Loosening can also be dangerous. Loosening a chain with a cheater bar on a standard lever style load binder can cause the cheater bar to ricochet either back to the person operating the binder, to nearby material or equipment, or to another person in the surrounding area. All of these reasons are why we are requiring the other two style binders for our employees to use.

We want all of our employees to make it home every night to their families. At OFR Metals we believe in taking extra steps and precautions to ensure everyone makes it home the way they came in in the morning. After all, we are Beyond Metal.

Special contributor: David Suchey, corporate safety manager

July 2016 ONI Insight: Market Indicators

Job growth in June showed the largest monthly job gain since October 2015, adding 287,000 workers. The official unemployment rate rose to 4.9% from 4.7% in May.

“This report should ease any fears that a persistent slow-down or recession is coming soon in the U.S.,” said Dean Maki, chief economist at Point72 Asset Management.

The U.S. manufacturing sector also increased in June. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity rose to 53.2 from 51.3 in May. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in manufacturing.

The Architectural Billings Index increased to its highest score in nearly a year in May, registering at 53.1. The score reflects an increase in design services as any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from 56.9 the previous month.

The June Purchasing Managers Index registered at 53.2%, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from the May reading of 51.3%. The New Orders Index registered at 57%. This is up 1.3 percentage points from the previous month.

Domestic raw steel production was 1,737,000 net tons while the capacity utilization rate was 74.3%. Production was 1,785,000 net tons the week ending July 2, 2015, while the capacity utilization rate was at 74.1%. This represents a 1.2% decrease from the same period last year.

For more information on the steel industry and key economic indicators view the July 2016 ONI Insight Guide below, or contact your local sales representative.