July/August 2018
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Fixed Ladder Safety Regulations
Will You Be OSHA Compliant?

When November rolls around, will you be compliant? The majority of the updated OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards were put in place in January, 2017. However, some rule changes were delayed until November 19, 2018

Affecting all general industries, the updated standards include revised fall and protection system guidelines. OSHA estimates the new standard will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost- workday injuries each year.

Two key changes affecting fixed ladder safety regulations are:
  1. The height at which a form of fall protection is required increases from 20 ft to 24 ft.
  2. Cages are no longer considered an acceptable fall protection system.

Here is a recap of the November 19 requirements: 
  • New, fixed ladders over 24 feet (and replacement ladders or ladder sections) installed on or after November 19, 2018 must have a personal fall arrest or ladder safety system installed.
  • Existing fixed ladders over 24 feet installed prior to November 19, 2018 must be equipped with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system or ladder safety system. (Cages installed prior to this date are still considered an acceptable form of protection until 2036.)
By 2036, cages and wells (used as fall protection) must be replaced with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 feet.

For more information, visit OSHA, or contact your TEC representative.
In This Issue
The AP200G - 
A Manual, Bottom-Up 
Vertical Auger Filler

An  operator places a bag in the clamp; the AP 200G raises the clamp up to fill position and begins the fill cycle. 

When the bulk set point is reached, the auger stops. The controller takes a weight reading. The auger dribbles feed for the remainder of the required bag  weight. 

The clamp drops down fully and releases the bag for bag sealing. 

Bag fill rate is  in the range of 4 to 6 bags per minute with a fill accuracy of +/- 2/10th's to 4/10th's of a  pound from the target weight, depending on product flow and operator speed.

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I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying."

- Jeff Bezos
Camping Challenge Puzzler

Look Carefully at the Picture and Answer the Questions Below

  1. How many tourists are staying at this camp?
  2. When did they arrive: today or a few days ago?
  3. How did they get here?
  4. How far away is the closest village?
  5. Where does the wind blow: from the north or from the south?
  6. What time of day is it?
  7. Where did Alex go?
  8. Who was on duty yesterday? (Give their name)
  9. What day is it today?
See answers here.
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