Scissor Lifts – Easy To Use But High Rates Of Injuries

Scissor lifts are a versatile option for moving people and materials vertically in warehouses, inventory rooms, and on construction sites. Unfortunately, they are often used incorrectly and without attention to safety. This results in an increased risk of injuries on the job, and it can also pose life-threatening safety issues that could be prevented with knowledge and training.  Training Each manufacturer has specific recommendations of the given make and model of scissor lift. It is vital that all employees operating the scissor lift be trained in the specifics for that model, including maximum lift and maximum weight capacity.  Training should
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The Toilet Paper Problem For Commercial Drain Lines

One of the critical balancing points for any commercial building plumbing system is the reduction in the amount of water used for flushing of toilets and the subsequent problems with blockages in commercial drain lines. With water-saving incentives in place, and an increasing number of low flow toilets (also known as high-efficiency toilets), there is an increasing risk of blockages in the drain lines, which can result in backflow through fixtures, increased costs of plumbing repairs and slow draining toilets throughout a building. According to studies completed by PERC, or the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition, the issues with blockages in
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The Gold Standard Of Customer Relations

The process of continuous learning is vital to personal and professional growth.   Being on par in terms of price and quality only gets you into the game. Service wins the game. ~Tony Allesandra   One of the least recognized factors in not only gaining customers but retaining customers is how they are treated before, during, and after the purchase. Many companies place all of their training and focus on product knowledge and sale techniques, only to have issues when customers need support or problems fixed after the sale is completed.   Boosting staff understanding of the importance of customer
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WHAT’S INSIDE YOUR PIPING IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE OUTSIDE

There is a simple reason why the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) requires a full internal piping and obstruction inspection every five years. This is the optimal time to test your fire system to make sure in the event it is needed it operates to full capacity. Even with the best materials used in the installation process, it is possible for internal corrosion and damage to occur. This may not be visible on the outside of the pipes, but in the event the sprinkler system was needed, there may be limited flow through the system or even leaks and pressure
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THE IMPORTANCE OF STEAM LINE SIZING

When it comes to a steam system, every aspect of design, installation, and even maintenance is critical for a long duty cycle. The best-designed steam lines are operational for up to two hundred years, which makes them one of the most durable aspects of any facility. One of the key factors in the design of the system is to ensure the correct steam line sizing. This is a critical decision and one that can have a significant influence on the efficiency of the system. A common mistake is to choose each component on its own, while the correct design and material choice
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ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF MASSACHUSETTS & GOULD CONSTRUCTION INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES PIPING SYSTEMS, INC. AS STEP AWARD WINNER

WOBURN, MA – Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC), the state’s largest commercial construction association, and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s training affiliate, congratulate Piping Systems, Inc. for recently being named a Silver Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (STEP) award recipient at the 15th Annual Safety & Education Dinner held on May 16th at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, MA. STEP is a national ABC program that provides safety benchmarking and improvement tools that has been shown to dramatically improve safety performance among participating companies.   Established in 1969, STEP was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  Companies measure their safety
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TIPS FOR OFFICE SAFETY

Safety is always essential in an office, just as it is in any workplace. It is fairly easy and straightforward to control office safety in a professional office building, but it can be more challenging in a workplace where the office staff may be out on the workroom floor, in the warehouse or walking around production, fabrication and manufacturing equipment. The challenge is in training the office staff to know the basics of staying safe on the workroom floor. Of course, there are also basic office safety tips to keep in mind. To develop a safe and complete working environment for the
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WHY SHOULD I HAVE A FIRE INSPECTION CONTRACT?

Depending on the type of business you have, the risk of fire may be something that is on the top of your radar or something that is way down near the bottom. However, fire is a very real concern on any commercial property and in any industrial setting. Some types of operations, including production, manufacturing and fabrication types of operations are seen as higher risk, particularly if equipment, machines, and systems are in constant operations. Even in office buildings, on campuses and throughout retail outlets the risk of electrical shorts, accidental fires and other factors can contribute to the risk.
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MATERIAL HANDLING IS THE MOST FREQUENT CAUSE OF WORKPLACE INJURIES

In any type of warehousing, distribution, production, manufacturing or fabrication industry, employees are constantly required to move and manage materials. Not surprisingly, incorrect or unsafe practices in moving materials can result in minor to very significant injuries. OSHA provides a range of regulations for businesses to help educate and inform employees about safe material handling practices. It is critical for any type of business with a small number of employees to multiple shifts across a number of facilities and locations to include regular training and talks on the safe handling of the specific types of materials your employees have to
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TEUFELBERGER – WHEN A CLIENT CALLS WITH AN EMERGENCY

When a client calls with an emergency, we get hopping to take care of them. This past February, our long-time client, Teufelberger Fiber Rope Corp (formerly known as New England Ropes) in Fall River, MA called us in a panic to help them out.  The boiler they rely on that not only heats their offices but also a part of their production line, had failed. Within 24 hours of their call, we worked with our supplier, Independent Piping and Supply Corp, Canton, MAand found a boiler in stock in New Hampshire ready to deliver.  Teufelberg called us on a Wednesday and by Friday
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