According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents, as well as 15 percent of all accidental deaths. Part of the organization’s 1910.22(b)(1) standard states that “aisles and passageways shall be kept clear and in good repairs, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard.” In areas where a lot of material handling equipment is being used, cables, cords and hoses can hinder footpaths for workers, potentially tripping them and causing an injury. Luckily, there are many solutions available to employers in order to help mitigate risk and meet their workplace safety requirements.
One such product to help combat job site clutter, cable cover ramps guard and keep electrical wires, cables and hoses out of the way in high vehicle or foot traffic areas. Typically made from thick, heavy duty rubber or steel, these pieces of equipment are made to withstand the weight of heavy machinery, vehicles and a large number of workers repeatedly walking on and over the unit. Grooved channels or openings in the base allow for cables of varying diameters to be secured underneath an easily traversable ramp while still remaining in use. Designed with gradual slopes and slip-resistant ramp surfaces, forklifts, carts, heavy trucks and small wheeled vehicles can negotiate the ramps with ease.
In addition to decreasing the chances of trips and falls, cable cover ramps also provide another benefit: helping to prevent potential replacement costs for damaged wires, hoses and cables. When exposed to the raw weight of heavy machinery and industrial vehicles, wires and hoses can quickly fray or develop leaks. Some extreme crossover ramps are rated for applications in mining and construction where vehicle weights can tip the scales towards 400 tons. The Beacon brand BX series is extensively tested and proven to be chemical, oil, abrasion, temperature, cut and tear resistant. The use of ramps in many of these outdoor job sites eliminate the need to trench cables and make it easier to reroute if needed.
As an organizational tool, cable cover ramps can transform a mess of cords and wires into a neat, low profile display. This makes them perfect for use in commercial areas such as at sporting events, music venues and theaters where cable cord covers can promote patron safety and a professional company image. Ramps can be connected together to make long runs, or fitted with other interlocking units to form turns and four-way cross sections. Consult with a Beacon representative today to locate the appropriate units for your application.