Low clearance signs are an integral part of many companies’ safety programs. Why are they necessary? Imagine a mode of transport pulling in to unload only to be too tall to navigate under an awning, bridge, scaffold, or other over-the-road structure. What happens? The two videos below give you an excellent idea of the kind of damage this type of accident can do.
But trucks aren’t the only modes of transport to cause this kind of damage. Trains have also been guilty of racking up some costly snafus. Keep in mind most box cars stand 17-feet 10 1/2-inches off the track.
These kind of disasters are easily preventable, however, which can save lots of money, merchandise, and even lives. All you need is a low clearance sign positioned at just the right distance from the potentially hazardous area. If a truck or train hits the sign, it is clearly evident that the vehicle should not even attempt to go under the structure ahead.
At FCM, we have manufactured these type of signs for many different institutions. The one pictured in this post prevents rail cars from coming into a building that is tall enough to fit them. It was fabricated in December 2020, but wasn’t installed at a local paper mill until February due to inclement weather.
We installed this particular sign using an excavator, a powered auger, an articulated man lift. It is 20-feet long and constructed of aluminum and the posts are 3-inch galvanized pipes cut 18-feet and 11-inches in length. The pipes were then attached to 4-foot piers that are 24-inches in diameter and burrowed into the ground and fortified with reinforced steel.
These signs can be custom made to fit any size. If your business would benefit from having low-clearance signs or any other signage, please let us know and we will be happy to make your company an even safer place to work.
FCM’s Roll-Around Tool Box offers an adaptable design that will keep your team organized and safe. (Photo by FCM Products, Inc.)
If you’re a business owner, you undoubtedly try to run a tight ship. One of the best ways to do that is to stay organized. Who needs their employees searching high and low for the tools they need to do their job? As our fearless leader is often heard saying, “Time is money.” That’s where we come in. With the right tool storage, we can save your organization’s resources by protecting your equipment, time, and even your bottom line. Continue reading →
Electrical control switches awning (Photo by FCM Products Inc.)
When you visit a mill like International Paper’s Mansfield facility, there is so much to see structurally that you probably won’t notice all the little details that make it a better place to work. Upon closer inspection, however, we think you’ll start to appreciate all the quality craftsmanship that upgrades the plant as a whole. Continue reading →
After nearly two years of planning, construction and lots of hard work, the A-1 fluff pulp line opens today at Domtar in Ashdown, Ark. As we mentioned in August, we’ve been very happy to play a part in making this dream a reality. Most recently, to commemorate the grand opening ceremony, the mill commissioned us with a new task, to engineer and build an A Frame to hold more than six tons of pulp.
We built this south and north separator water collection tank for Domtar’s new A1 fluff pulp project. The inside of the tank has three deep chambers and two shallow chambers, with a V-notch in each one. What made this extra difficult to build? Both tanks have to hold water! (Photo by FCM Products Inc.)
It seems like we’re always creating something new for paper mills, whether we’re restoring, replacing, or building new contraptions like this South and North Separator Water Collection Tank. Continue reading →
We frequently hear that our clients are surprised to discover that we only make one type of product. But nothing could be farther from the truth! That’s why we created this brand new trailer to showcase just how diverse we are. Continue reading →