Safety grievance

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Hazard, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. Hazard

    Hazard Member

    Nearly everyday at PCM's we are instructed to use provided equitment. I work pick off for a trailer and we use rollers that clip on to the belts. When I am using the rollers as designed they block egress to the lockout buttons on the belt(my station is at the end of the belt downstream from the last button). Would this constitute a safety issue?
  2. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Perhaps. Staff Member

    Probably. Ask your safety committee.
  3. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    Safety is for wimps! "Get er' Done"!

    What's with hub workers wearing vests now? Unbelievable.
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  4. lurker123

    lurker123 New Member

    Egress refers to a clear path to an exit, through an exit, and away from the exit, not "to the lockout buttons for your belt".
  5. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    Would "access" be a better word?
  6. lurker123

    lurker123 New Member

    Your real issue shouldn't be not being able to reach the lockout buttons, but why you feel the need to be reaching them in the first place. Getting on the belt to break a jam should be a last resort and only done if you cannot reach it from the ground or platform with a shepherds hook/jam breaking pole.

    If you keep having to break jams, somebody isn't doing their job. Maybe your supervisor isn't regulating the flow. Or your slide didn't get waxed or unload is sending irregs to the sort aisle. Before complaining about egress to your buttons I'd complain about somebody (likely your supervisor) making your job harder than it needs to be.
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  7. polyp

    polyp Member

    Unless they're the same color as the yard vests, you probably saw new hires. It signals management not to rip into them like normal, and lets the seniority folks know to avoid helping them.
  8. UnconTROLLed

    UnconTROLLed perfection

    If the path from the work station to the stop/start/reset is blocked, that can still be considered lacking egress, if that path beyond the buzzer leads to a different exit.
    If one exit path is not blocked that does not mean egress is okay, because if there is a fire or emergency blocking your escape path according to the emergency evac plan, you are in big trouble.
  9. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    They say "inside" on them. Does anybody wash those smelly things?
  10. Nimnim

    Nimnim The Nim

    Any lockout/shutoff button/switch blocked by normal equipment usage is a safety issue. Do the rollers themselves block access to the area or is it packages that may fall off them?

    To my knowledge pickoff positions don't have equipment that is moved, other than diverters, and the rollers are in the trailers while the pickoff has the buttons/switches below the belts where they are not interfered with by packages and can be easily hit by reaching down or swinging the knee for more advanced pickoffs.

    If there is a situation where the rollers connecting to the chute from the pickoff position is actually blocking the button I would refuse to work in that area until it's fixed.

    I'm trying to envision your situation, and pickoff aren't supposed to be moving so all buttons should be within reach, I can see some situations like we have in my location with out air unload where the slides to assist unloading air cans can prohibit a clear path but there is a button at every spot just not always on the side of the slide one would be used to going. Even in load situations where there's movable slides/rollers there's still a button that is either hanging above the belt within reasonable reach or underneath at the most likely location the trailer will be. In my hub there aren't switches outside the trailers for most loaders because they just leave it and the flow stops because the rollers are full which then goes up to the pickoffs who have the ability to stop the belt feeding the area.

    As said, if normal equipment blocks the cutoff then it's a safety issue and contact the safety committee who will not do anything but talk about it in their monthly meeting until a member of management who knows how to write a decr alerts plant engineering of the problem, or you file a grievance and it probably takes longer than just telling the safety committee.
  11. Staydryitsraining

    Staydryitsraining Active Member

    Its to let everyone else know they get 75 extra a week just to show up
  12. eats packages

    eats packages Why won't the door close?

    To rip them a new one and signal seniority folks the chance for some sweet overtime.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    The blue ones with white letters? This explains a bit.
  14. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    Yea, they say inside.
  15. lurker123

    lurker123 New Member

    An emergency stop cable runs the entire length of our air pickoff, making it accessible from each pickoff station. You should ask a supervisor to make a request for something similar for your area. They can use the electronic DECR to make the request.
  16. Heavy Package

    Heavy Package Active Member

    We want to look like Walmart greeters. Promotes a softer, warmer side to UPS than that ugly brown color all over the place.
  17. Integrity

    Integrity Binge Poster

    If you can't reach a conveyor stop button from your position then it is probably a safety violation.

  18. 35years

    35years Well-Known Member

    Report it to OSHA.