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    Take Part with OSHA on June 2-6, 2014 for a National Safety Stand-Down!

    Last updated 2 days ago

    OSHA has scheduled a national Safety Stand-Down from June 2-6, 2014 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls. Did you know that falls are the number 1 cause of workplace fatalities in the construction industry? “Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in the industry,” as stated by OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels.

    How can you conduct a Safety Stand-Down? Take a break and stop working so you can go over the information with your co-workers and managers. Here are suggestions to prepare for a Successful Stand-Down. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace during the week of June 2-6, 2014. OSHA states that their goal is to have 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers hold a Stand-Down to see if the goal can be met. By meeting this goal they will have touched almost 1 out of 10 construction workers in the country.  

    Here at RUD, we know safety is important and that’s why we carry Fall Protection Anchorage Points for personal protective equipment. These fixing points can be used for personal protection equipment (PPE) and are marked with CE-Stamp and the number of persons which it is intended to carry (1 or 2 persons). The PSA-VRS and the PSA-INOX-STAR were designed as an anchorage points for personal protection equipment. Both the PSA and the PSA-INOX-STAR are certified by the German BG BAU (Employer´s insurance association of the building industry (BG Bau). The components the make up the PSA’s are in accordance with the European Directive 89/686/EWG and marked with the CE mark, as well as the safe working load limit, in persons (1 or 2 persons).

    The PSA-VRS and the PSA-INOX-STAR are in accordance to DIN EN 365 including statement for the number of load bearing persons (1 Person/ 2 Persons). The PSA has a unique star-shaped design and is coated with a durable yellow powder coating. Manufactured from high-quality alloy steel; forged material 1.6541, high tensile quenched and tempered. Like all RUD products these anchorage points and the bolts are 100% electromagnetic crack inspected according to En 1677-1 and they have a safety factor 4:1. At test basic tests, the PSA’s and the PSA-INOX-STAR meet the requirements of: DIN 795; 1996/A1:2100, DIN EN 50308:2005/03 chapter 4.5 and OSHA 1926.502:2001/01 Paragraph (d) (15), and AS/NZS 1891.4:2099 (M 16 only). The dynamic fall test carried out with 150 kg (required is 100kg, and the proof load, 22.2 kN/person exceeds the European Standard. The VRS-PSA is not to be used permanently outdoor; for permanent outdoor applications, we recommend the PSA-INOX-Star.


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    The Importance of Distracted Driver Awareness

    Last updated 10 days ago

    As manufacturers of chains used in a variety of vehicles and applications, including snow chains, we have a large commitment to safety. It’s what our tire chains are all about: safety, no matter what the environment is or condition.

    Because of this commitment to focus on vehicle safety, we make it to a point to be aware of all safety-related news and issues, and making our customers and readers aware of these issues. There are a lot of dangers affecting drivers than just snow and environmental conditions, and it’s important for everyone to remain aware of them.

    April is officially Distracted Driver Awareness Month, and while drivers and pedestrians should remain aware throughout the year, this is a good opportunity for us to be reminded.  Distracted drivers, particularly those talking and texting on their cell phones, cause thousands of deaths each year, and each one of these deaths should be avoided.

    The National Safety Council reminds everyone to never use their cell phones while driving—even hands-free—and to understand the “dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain.” They also urge people to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving.

    As part of the month of awareness, NSC asks people to take the cell-free driving pledge, which includes promising not to text or have a phone conversation while driving. They are also encouraging people to know and share the facts, which include:

    • Drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a car crash
    • Two in three drivers report talking on their cell phone in the past 30 days
    • About 21% of all traffic crashes occur due to cell phone use
    • Drivers using cell phones have slower reaction times than drivers with a .08 blood alcohol content

    Pledging to be cell-phone-free while driving is as easy as it is important. Simply stopping this behavior can save thousands of lives, and we encourage you now, and always, to drive safely and without distraction. 

    RUD's Solutions for Energy/Renewable Energy Needs

    Last updated 24 days ago

    At RUD, our chains, chain systems, and conveyor systems are utilized by a number of industries, and our technology is constantly advancing to keep up with the changes and innovation taking place within these industries.

    One of our areas of focus is within the energy/renewable energy industry—an exciting industry that is truly displaying innovation and growth—where our line of CRATOS conveyor systems and drive systems meet the needs of their challenging conditions and meet the advanced technology.

    The CRATOS line of conveyors and conveyor systems and chain drives are designed to face the conditions of biomass transportation, combustion residue disposal, waste incineration and recycling, ash removal, and more.

    Our engineers, experts in energy production and renewable energy needs, design chain drives and chain conveyors using round steel chains, forked chains, or belts as tracking mechanisms—and they work with you, providing complete assistance along the way.  They have helped several biomass customers reduce cost and maintenance time by replacing their existing systems with RUD’s case hardened chain system. They put in a new chain, sprockets, guide wheels, and flights.

    Our line of conveyors and conveyor systems includes:

    • Screw conveyors
    • Apron conveyors
    • Drag chain conveyors
    • Submerged scraper conveyors
    • Dry de-ashers
    • Bunker discharge conveyors
    • Biogas substrate feeders
    • Chain systems for conveyors

    And our line of chain drives includes systems for:

    • Moving
    • Lifting
    • Transporting
    • Telescoping
    • Sliding
    • Transmission

    We’re especially excited to be presenting these products at the upcoming Biomass Conference, March 24-26 in Orlando. This annual event brings together the industry leaders in biobased power, thermal energy, fuels, and chemicals, focusing on the current and future technologies and issues surrounding bioenergy. This year’s conference is expected to bring in nearly 1,600 attendees, and we’re very excited to present, interact, learn, and connect.

    Be sure to stop by our booth, # 1019, and say hi! We look forward to seeing old and new friends there, and showing how RUD’s products meet the growing needs of renewable energy companies.

    To learn more about the CRATOS product line, visit our website or contact us at 800-563-5188 for more information. 

    The RUD StarPoint swivel eye bolt proves itself as an ally for companies where safety is a priority!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Dearborn Tool & Die has been awarded a 2013 President’s Health and Safety Award for the second consecutive year! Their emergency response team received an award last year. This year DTD received this award for “Transformational safety upgrades to die lifting and transfer practices.”

    There were several upgrades that you can find here,  but we are happy to know that our products are being used!  They upgraded and replaced ALL standard lifting eyebolts in Construction, Bench, and Tryout with our RUD Starpoint Swivel Eyebolts, which are engineered to accept side pulls and eliminate breakage from improper use.

    UAW Health and Safety Rep Ernie Bailey thinks that “As a general rule, the dies being built today are larger and weigh more than any other time in our industry.” That statement is correct; many manufacturing companies are unaware that the direction of the pull can have a major impact on the working load limit of the standard eyebolt, creating that safety breach. The solution to this, as DTD has figured out, is to use an appropriate lifting point that can adjust to the direction of the pull to allow full engagement of the bolt, resulting in a safer lift. RUD has these developed lifting points that are designed to adjust to the direction of the pull, they are known as the Starpoint® and Powerpoint®.

    Not only are we thrilled our Starpoint Swivel Eyebolts are being used within Dearborn Tool & Die, but we are happy knowing that they are contributing to a safer work environment. As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of lifting and lashing applications combined with their extensive range of products and knowledge in the market, RUD is continuously innovating and developing their extensive product range to stay at the forefront of their customers’ demands.

    It's not goodbye, but see you later CONEXPO!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Here is a photo collage of the past few days at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014! We had a great time and we can't wait until we get to return!!  We enjoyed talking to those who stopped by our booth and we are looking forward to the next one!~Erlau Tire Protection Chains-A member of the RUD group.


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