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How to Keep Safe When Using Waste Machinery

While serious workplace accidents are rare, The National Safety Council recorded 4.5 million occupational injuries in 2017, at a $161.5 billion cost to the economy and warehousing had the second highest percentage of incidents. Waste management is a high-risk industry. Using baling machinery designed to compact materials down to minuscule size and sever heavy-duty metallic baling wire is particularly dangerous.

With the regulatory landscape embracing more relaxed workplace protections, it will increasingly fall on management’s shoulders to protect their workforce from anything untoward. But some sensible precautions and a proper procedure can help you eliminate the risk of workplace accidents and keep your workforce safe when using waste machinery.

Assess the risk and communicate it

Carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment on any machinery is vital to spot any hazards and risks within the machine. Using an independent to check this is a good idea as you need someone with a thorough knowledge of the legal landscape as well as the machine itself. Once you’ve done this, you need to make sure staff know all about the risks involved and the safe practices they can follow in order to minimize them. It’s all about creating a culture where safety takes priority over everything else. After all, even a minor accident will have a serious impact on your bottom line.

Make space around machinery

While it’s tempting to place a baler in the corner of the warehouse, taking up minimal floor space, the irony of this is that it will often make processing inefficient and create conditions for unsafe loading. Allocate plenty of space around the baler to improve accessibility,

The right equipment for the job

Age, capacity, and upkeep are three important determinants of baler safety. These factors can lead to balers becoming overloaded, underpowered, or dysfunctional, which means it’s more likely to lead with jams. More jams mean more operator interventions and this is when the accidents happen. Prevent this by ensuring your machinery is up to the task with consistent maintenance. If you need more power then consider upgrading when you can.

Ensuring your equipment meets any regulatory baselines is important but not enough. Machine guarding is no good if there’s something wrong with one of your protectors. Conduct regular audits of your machinery via independent contractors. You can’t rely on your staff alone to deal with problems or identify any long-term structural deficiencies. Another way of limiting damage to your baler is by investing in Baling Wire Direct’s high-grade wires with the machine-appropriate gauge.

Insist on full training

It’s hard to gather concrete statistics on the number of operators working without training on the specific machine they’re using. How many people have read the manual from back to front? We’d wager not many.

Anyone operating heavy machinery should know what to do in any given eventuality. There’s no substitute for experience and knowledge. Only trained and experienced operators should be allowed to operate heavy machinery in the first place. You need to know that if something goes down, the person in the driving seat can deal with it. Ensuring people aren’t using dangerous machinery solo by implementing buddy systems will also go a long way to preventing accidents.

When it comes to workplace safety, these things should help you keep yourself and your employees from coming to any serious harm around waste management equipment. Investing time, effort, and money in good safety practices means you’re protecting something more valuable than profit: your employees’ health and wellbeing.

What Baling Wire is Best for Paper Recycling?

At Baling Wire Direct, we know how important recycling is. It’s a way of reducing the amount of garbage we send to landfill, limiting our energy consumption and conserving our vital natural resources. It’s a $117 billion industry, contributing over 500,000 direct jobs and returning close to 10% of its contributions as tax revenues.

As recycling has grown in importance, regulatory changes on a city, state, and federal level have meant businesses with heavy paper recycling outputs need to turn to more efficient on-site waste management solutions. For paper recycling, this means using baling machines to compact waste paper and cardboard products into tightly bound cubes (bales) that can be more easily stored and transported.

What is a baling machine?

A baling machine, or a baler, is used to compress and bind materials into more manageable bundles for ease of transportation and storage. Once upon a time, these were mainly used for agricultural products (hay, cotton, flax, and straw), but nowadays, one of their most common uses is in the recycling industry.

What baling wire is best for paper recycling?

As well as squashing materials into more user-friendly bales, balers also securely tie them together with the right wire for the task in hand. It’s important to use the correct gauge for your machine type, with due consideration for the amount of paper recycling you’ll be doing as well as the likely weight load of your densely compacted paper bundles. The best baling wire for paper recycling depends on the quantities you’re recycling and the baler you’re using to do it.

Single loop bale ties

A robust and resilient type of wire that will resist expansion, single loop bale ties are a good flexible choice for most purposes. You’ll have to tie single loop bale ties by hand for the most part. But this means it’s more economical as well because you cut it to your required dimensions, you’ll end up cutting down on wire waste into the bargain. If you have a vertical baler, chances are you’ll want to get your hands on some of this.

Hi-tensile galvanized stem wire

Heavy-duty galvanized stem wire is sometimes referred to as stump wire, carrier wire or strand wire. Its high-tensile manufacture makes it incredibly strong and capable of withstanding intense pressure. This makes it perfect for holding together large and heavy bales that need to be quickly moved around and transported long distances. A corrosion-resistant zinc coating helps prevent the wire losing its strength over time by minimizing things like rust.

Black annealed box wire

Black annealed box wire is a seriously resilient product with high-tensile strength and high ductility, meaning it can withstand the harshest of climates. The best annealed wires will have metallurgically certified chemical compositions with individually annealed strands. A light coat of wax adds smoothness to the metal, protecting it from rust and helping it pass through your baler with minimal wear and tear.

Still not sure if you’ve found what you’re looking for? Get in touch with us. Whatever your baling wire needs, you’ll find the right product for you at Baling Wire Direct.