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Formula for Safety. Ned Denigan, General Manager Rieker Instrument Company, Inc. Contents. Is there a need for tip-over or roll-over prevention aids? Examples: Inclinometer Products Marketing/Awareness Resources. Is there a need for tip-over or rollover prevention aids?.

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formula for safety

Formula for Safety

Ned Denigan, General Manager

Rieker Instrument Company, Inc.

  • Is there a need for tip-over or roll-over prevention aids?
  • Examples: Inclinometer Products
  • Marketing/Awareness
  • Resources
is there a need for tip over or rollover prevention aids
Is there a need for tip-over or rollover prevention aids?
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 113 workers lost their lives in roll-over type accidents between 1992 and 1999.
lift safety at a glance
Lift Safety at-a-Glance
  • 247 construction workers died from aerial work platforms
  • 70% of those accidents involved bucket trucks and other boom-supported aerial work platforms
  • 30% involved vertical lifts

Primary Cause of Death

  • Electrocutions (33%)
  • Falls (31%)
  • Collapses and Tip-overs (25%)

Source: CPWR citing 1992-1999 US Bureau of Labor Statistics Data

lift applications and equipment
Article on Forklift Safety:

Formula for Safety by Jacqueline Deutscher

“According to OSHA and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, tipovers and rollovers are responsible for the majority of serious injuries and deaths involving forklifts. However, many of these accidents are caused by operators who are handling loads beyond a forklift’s specs.”

Lift Applications and Equipment
common causes of lift accidents
Worker error/lack of training (85-88%)

Lax safety awareness

Working near power lines

Improper use of equipment

Lack of proper maintenance of equipment/machinery

Common Causes of Lift Accidents
designed with safety in mind
Designed with Safety in Mind
  • Although safety training and concerns about equipment operation has vastly improved, the addition of simple devices to indicate a hazardous tilt condition would add to the measures currently in place.
  • Tilt indicators (or inclinometers), with visual and/or audible warnings will aid in roll-over prevention
manual ball n tube type
Manual “Ball-n-tube” Type
  • Inclinometers (or tilt indicators) measure angles of slope, elevation or inclination of an object with respect to gravity.
  • Manual style inclinometers (or clinometers) are typically used to get a quick visual reference for leveling, balancing and preventing tip-over of vehicles, cranes, equipment and boats.
  • Rieker manual style: (gravity based).
    • Rugged, weatherproof, won’t freeze or hang-up
    • no moving mechanical parts
    • extremely rugged for harsh environments.
    • properly damped providing the most accurate roll
manual type features
Manual Type Features
  • Low Cost
  • Visually Warns Operator of Steep Slopes/Boom Angle
  • Large, clear number and degree markings
  • Color Warning Zones
  • Operating Temps -40ºC to +85ºC
  • Rugged, Weatherproof
electronic type
Electronic Type
  • Electronic or digital inclinometers put out an electronic signal proportional to the angle of lift, relative to gravity. Internally, the inclinometer consists of a tilt sensor and signal-conditioning electronics.
  • Rieker sensors are liquid capacitive inclinometers (gravity based).
    • completed encapsulated providing shock, vibration, dust protection
    • no moving mechanical parts
    • extremely rugged for harsh environments.
    • Used for monitoring, controlling, warning
slopealert tilt warning system
SlopeAlert Tilt Warning System
  • Low Cost
  • Extremely Rugged
  • Switch “ON/OFF” Alarms (buzzer/lamp) and/or Equipment
  • Warns Operator of Steep Slopes, visually/audibly
  • Disable Equipment in the event of Rollover
  • Customer Defined Trip Settings
  • Operating Temps -40ºC to +85ºC
  • Shockproof to 500g
  • Weatherproof
  • Mercury Free
rdi series of digital inclinometers
RDI Series of Digital Inclinometers
  • Single and Dual Axis
  • Remote Angle measurement
  • Digital Display, Analog, RS232, Switch Outputs
  • Monitor, Alert, Multi-Function
  • Solenoid/valve controller
  • Customer Defined Trip Settings or Adjustable Trip Angles
  • Rugged, Nema 4 Housing
  • Multiple Power Supply options
  • Operating Temps -40ºC to +85ºC
safety awareness
Safety Awareness

Campaign includes:

  • Print Advertising
  • Online Marketing
  • Direct Mail
  • Product Releases in Trade Publications
  • Links to Government and Regulatory Agencies
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration The (OSHA) mission of the is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers. OSHA’s Website contains detailed information about the federal law and required topics for operator safety training.
  • US Department of Transportation: Federal Highway Administration The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all streets and highways.
  • National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by developing and advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
  • www.CraneAccidents.comThe premier source for crane accident reports, photos of crane related accidents and professional commentary about crane accidents.
questions and answers

Questions and Answers

Thank you for your time and participation

Since 1917, Rieker® has been Manufacturing Tilt Indicators, Inclinometers, Boom Angle Indicators, & Slip Indicators for a Variety of Aviation, Construction, Marine, Military, & Transportation Applications. 610-534-9000