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Building and Facility Protection: Corner Protectors Prevent Wall Damages


Working in warehouses and other industrial facilities can be quite dangerous for workers. These workers have to deal with heavy machinery, high-voltage electrical equipment, tons of heavy load and hazardous elements everyday. Working in industrial companies has the highest risk of work-related injuries in the United States.

In 2009, U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics records show that there were 3,277,700 workers who have had non-fatal injuries while there were 4,340 who suffered from fatal and disabling injuries. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies and employers to maintain a safe environment and protect their employees from potential health and disabling risks. Therefore safety measures and precautions are
mandated or recommended by OSHA to minimize these hazards. Non-compliant companies can be charged for damages and be held liable by the government.

One of the most dangerous jobs in the industrial field is operating a forklift. According to the Industrial Truck Association, there were 34,900 reported forklift accidents that resulted in serious injuries and an estimated 85 deaths in 2006 alone. Most of the reasons why these accidents had occurred were due to outdated machinery, lack of driver's operating skills and the lack of safety measures applied inside the industrial facilities. To prevent these kinds of accidents, employers must secure forklifts and heavy machinery from reliable contractors, hire skilled or certified forklift operators, and add safety precautions like vehicle-impact protection equipment inside the facilities.

A corner protector is a good example of vehicle-impact protection equipment. These are highly recommended especially for heavy-traffic working areas such as warehouses, storage facilities, air hangars, manufacturing factories and other similar businesses that deal with large cargo and loads. Corner protectors are mainly placed on entrance and exit openings.

They prevent further accidents because they have a bright yellow color that warns the operators to take observe caution. Yellow is the color used to signal cautionary actions. These are made from tough rubber and PVC that absorb the hard impact of vehicles bumping to their sides. Forklifts and other machine-operated vehicles most commonly damage walls, entrances and other equipment due to their lifting fork-like features placed in front.

Costly property damages and accidents will be reduced if proper protective applications are used. Corner protectors can also be used inside the facilities where most accident-prone areas are prominent such as blind curves, loading ramps and dimly lit rooms.

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