Cable Supported Chutes are accidents waiting to happen.

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by PE Pro, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. PE Pro

    PE Pro Member

    Today I saw a lady standing under a cable supported slide by one of the metro runouts. Thought I'd throw a quick one out about the dangers of getting under these while they are raised. This happens all the times and it is a catastrophe waiting to happen. The PE dept is horrible at handling cable supported equipment, if you know what's good for you you will never get under one or lean under one while it is raised. Technically this is a lockout violation. I sure I'll get hassled for this. But so what!
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    You bring up a valid concern. We have one of these on our main belt. It is supported by cables on each side. There is less than 3' between the chute and the belt when the chute is raised so obviously no one could stand under it. The chute is also above a gap in the belts (3-4" gap) where pkgs can get hung up. The potential for injury does exist if a loader is reaching to free packages in that gap and the cables were to break.

    The one concern that I do have, and one that I have pointed out to both mgt and Keter, is that there is no black foam protection (think of the stuff used to insulate copper pipes, but thicker) to cover metal corners. The proximity of these corners to the walkway near the belt lends itself to potential injury.
     
  3. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Let's tell Integrity he will call the hotline and raise some hell!
     
  4. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Man are you quick I just posted that you must be sitting on the can like I am??
     
  5. Raw

    Raw Raw Member

    Why would they break?
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Based on what I have read from you the can seems appropriate.
     
  7. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    The real question should be why wouldn't it fail ?
    After all nothing lasts forever.
     
  8. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    If these are the steel cables I am thinking of, breakage is rare and you'll see fraying long before breakage. In fact I've had to cut through that cable before. Not an easy task. Seems like a lock out system could be easily (not cheaply) devised should the concern persist.
     
  9. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Scott called. I talked him out of firing you and cancelling you BC account, but he wants to see you in his office tomorrow.
     
  10. PE Pro

    PE Pro Member

    I rest my case. I will get way more hassles here on the BC. UPS management couldn't care less what I think about their shoddy wire rope methods.:bored:
     
  11. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    We care.
     
  12. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Me too
     
  13. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Apparently bench grinders are dangerous but cable supported chutes aren't.
     
  14. fxdwg

    fxdwg Member

    I used to work under them, but never gave them a look. Why now?
     
  15. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I once had a tailgate cable on my pickup break as I was loading my ATV----does that count?
     
  16. trenjct

    trenjct New Member

    In the past 10 years, I have seen ours come crashing down 3 times, once just missing a supervisor by about a foot, and one time the whole chute and cables and pulley assembly all came down on top of the lower belt, demolishing every package it landed on. So worried about employee safety were they that they replaced it with the exact same setup, reassuring us that there was nothing wrong with the equipment or the design, but insisting that we must be abusing the equipment in some way for it to fail repeatedly. Wow! I guess those hidden cameras must work. I'm totally busted. They must have seen me sneaking up behind the chute to force my load upon it! :)
     
  17. Raw

    Raw Raw Member

    I hope my boat lift cable on my boat lift holds my boat, it`s supposed to hold 10,000 lbs........:peaceful:
     
  18. PE Pro

    PE Pro Member

    This is my point. This equipment does fall and it falls when it is up not when it is down resting on the conveyor. Cable(Actually called wire rope) supported equipment is dangerous and UPS PE does a pitiful job designing, inspecting, and maintaining this type of equipment. UPS management in most cases don't even bother to provide means for blocking this equipment up when someone has to go under one in the raised position. But you can bet you last dollar it is listed in the lockout manual as equipment that has stored hazardous energy. What a shame. :slap:
     
  19. PE Pro

    PE Pro Member

    When not properly, designed, inspected, and maintained wire ropes fail, wire rope clips fail, and eyebolts fail.
     
  20. stevetheupsguy

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    Cable Supported Chutes are accidents waiting to happen???

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