Trailer Observation Cameras: Employee Safety Series

At OFR Metals, safety is one of our top priorities. We are constantly making improvements to our everyday tasks to make sure our employees return home safely to their families each and every day.

One of the improvements we are currently working on is equipping our trucks with trailer observation cameras to help increase driver visibility.

Trailer Observation Cameras

trailer observation camerasAt OFR Metals, we are currently placing trailer observation cameras into each of our truck trailers that is equipped with Conestoga systems. A Conestoga is a sliding tarp system that transforms a flatbed into a covered trailer. Adding cameras to the Conestoga system gives the driver visibility of the product he/she is hauling. During transit, it is a possibility for material to shift if it is not properly secure.

Unfortunately, in our industry accidents can and do happen. It is our top priority to prevent them from happening. However, steel products are heavy and sharp. If a skid of sheet or a large coil came loose during transit it could slide off the truck entirely, putting other drivers in danger. It could also slide just enough to put the individual who later unloads the truck in danger.

We recently started using Conestoga trailer covers to help ensure the quality of our material, but that also created a loss of visibility for our drivers. With these observation systems, our drivers can take advantage of all of the benefits that tarp systems provide, while knowing exactly what is going on with the product they are transporting at all times.

It is our hope that these cameras will allow our drivers to prevent any accidents before they happen. After all, we are not just about the steel. It is one more way we go Beyond Metal.

David Suchey, corporate safety manager, contributed to this article.

May 2017 ONI Insight: Market Indicators

Consumer confidence in the U.S. dipped slightly in April to 120.3 from a 16-year-high of 124.9 in March, however, Americans are still more confident than they were before the 2016 election. Initial indications for the spring do suggest a stronger second quarter.

According to the Commerce Department, the GDP report shows the U.S. economy is off to a slow start in 2017. The economy barely grew, expanding at an annual rate of only 0.7% in the first quarter. The growth was a sharp decline from the 2.1% annual rate recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016 and was the weakest quarterly showing in three years. Consumption rose by on 0.3%, well below the 3.5% rate in the previous quarter.

The Architectural Billings Index for March registered at 54.3, up from a score of 50.7 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services as any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings.

The April Purchasing Managers Index registered at 54.8%, a decrease of 2.4 percentage points from the March reading of 57.2%. The New Orders Index registered at 57.5%, down 7 percentage points from the previous month. The Production Index was at 58.6%, 1 percentage point higher than the previous month.

Raw steel production in the U.S. totaled an estimated 1,737,000 net tons for the week ending May 6, down 0.7% from 1,750,000 tons the previous week. Mills operated at an average capacity utilization rate of 74.5%.

The U.S. Commerce Department launched an investigation to determine whether a flood of aluminum imports from China and elsewhere was compromising U.S. national security, a step that could lead to broad import restrictions on the metal. To read this full story and more, view the May 2017 ONI Insight Guide below.

For more information, contact your local sales representative.

ONI Insight May 2017