Sept/Oct 2018

Shortcuts are Shortsighted
Protect Your Employees and Your Business

It's human nature to want to quickly finish our tasks. We all take shortcuts, citing time as an excuse. Yet how much time do we really save by circumventing safety regulations? As it turns out, not much. The extra time invested in doing a task safely is insignificant (see chart below), especially when compared to the personal and professional costs of injuries or death resulting from taking shortcuts.

Time Invested
100 Repetitions
Walking down steps instead of jumping off combine

7 seconds12 minutes
Walking around an auger instead
of stepping over it

2 seconds
3 1/2 minutes
Engaging cylinder locks on combine when working near or under head

30 seconds50 minutes
Getting off mower to pick up something instead of leaning
over to pick it up as you drive by
20 seconds
33 minutes

Statistically, employees are six times more likely to experience accidents or injuries as a result of unsafe behaviors than unsafe working conditions.  One large insurance firm reported that 92% of their injury and workers' compensation claims occurred because workers were not performing their tasks properly.

Why do employees continue to take shortcuts on the job? Is it the demands of the job? Is the employee attempting to impress his or her boss with their level of production? What can you do to change the mindset?

  • Prioritize safety over speed
  • Communicate with employees about safety behaviors
  • Emphasize your organization's values of workplace safety
  • Point out job hazards so that employees are aware of their present dangers
  • Enforce safety checklists to prevent employees from skipping steps 
  • Discipline employees who break safety rules and take shortcuts
  • Remind experienced employees to maintain their diligence in following safety procedures and not become complacent
Remember - there is no shortcut to safety. Time invested in performing a task safely is minimal when compared to the high financial and emotional costs associated with death, injury and disability!
In This Issue
Train Travel

A 500 yard long train, travelling 90 mph, enters a tunnel four and a half miles long.

How much time elapses between the moment the front of the train enters the tunnel and the moment the end of the train clears the tunnel?

see answer here


"The fewer moving parts, the better. No truer words were ever spoken in the context of engineering." 

- Christian Cantrell
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Convey Difficult to Move Products
Shaftless Screw Conveyor

If you have a wet, sticky, stringy or lumpy product to convey, using a typical screw conveyor design with a center shaft is problematic. Wet, sticky materials can adhere to the screw, reducing capacity and increasing both wear and power usage. Stringy materials can wrap around the center screw.

The Orthman Shaftless Screw is manufactured in one continuous helix. Because the screw rides on the bottom of the housing on a replaceable liner, hanger bearing supports are unnecessary. Designing out the center pipe eliminates buildup of wet sticky products and a location for stringy products to wrap around. 

Totally enclosed, the shaftless screw conveyor helps contain odors, keeps extraneous materials out, eliminates spills, and minimizes maintenance.

  • Heavy duty construction
  • No hanger bearing supports
  • No center pipe eliminating product build up
  • Full product clean out
  • Replaceable trough liner
  • High wear properties
  • Wet, sticky, or stringy products
  • Industrial Sludges, Bio-Solids
  • Animal processing
  • Pulp & paper
  • Recycling
  • Wastewater Treatment plants
  • Bulk Powders, granules
  • Plastics
  • Odd lump sizes
For more information, contact your TEC representative or visit Orthman Conveying.
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Birmingham, AL
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Covington, LA
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Atlanta, GA
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Mobile, AL

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