Safety Binders: Employee Safety Series

At Metalwest we are working to replace chain load binders with safety binders and/or ratcheting load binders to help our drivers more safely secure coils during transport.

Throughout the steel and manufacturing industries there have been many close calls and injuries that occur due to the old chain lever binders that were in use. Because employee safety is important to all of us, these close calls and injuries have proven it was time for Metalwest to switch to better technology.

Safety Release Lever Binder

The safety release lever binder is safer than other lever style load binders. They allow the user to release the binder tension without any kick back from the handle, which was a common issue with the standard lever chain binders.

Ratcheting Load Binders

Ratcheting load binders are also a safer alternative to standard lever style load binders. They help to reduce force to your body. Both options do not need a cheater bar to be utilized.

Cheater bars can be a dangerous tool. While tightening with a cheater bar it requires a lot more force and the bar can kick back onto the individual’s body. Loosening can also be dangerous. Loosening a chain with a cheater bar on a standard lever style load binder can cause the cheater bar to ricochet either back to the person operating the binder, to nearby material or equipment, or to another person in the surrounding area. All of these reasons are why we are requiring the other two style binders for our employees to use.

We want all of our employees to make it home every night to their families. At Metalwest we believe in taking extra steps and precautions to ensure everyone makes it home the way they came in in the morning. After all, we are Beyond Metal.

Special contributor: David Suchey, corporate safety manager