OSHA- Issues with dock safety?

OSHA can drop by any facility at any time, unannounced. Workmans comp issues slow down the productivity of an operation. Safety is a primary concern for all of us. Bluff’s Speedy Board, a unique innovation, allows your driver to stay in the safety of the forklift cage and removes the need for a second worker to help with board placement. Safety and efficiency!  Now that is something to get excited about.
With SpeedyBoard® we take the steel “T” board design and “kick it up a notch” or two. Fork cutouts are added to the leading edge of the board, allowing your driver the ability to “scoop” the board and move it into place and to retrieve it for storage when the job is done.

Winter is Coming.

For much of the country, snow is in our rear view mirror. It can be hard to think about snow during 80 degree weather, but NOW is the time. Why? There are ways to alleviate snow issues by budgeting for projects now.
Why think about Snow?
For your customers with multiple trucks snow is an ongoing concern during wintertime. Snow causes transportation issues including accumulation of snow on the top of fleet vehicles. This snow and ice can become shrapnel as it flies off the top of trucks causing accidents on the roadways. With each new incident, state and local sate governments create laws about snow removal from the top of vehicles. As of September of 2014, eleven US states had regulations that related to snow removal on the the top of vehicles. Each state has different rules and enforcement. This can be especially complicated for fleets that cross state boundaries.
States that have regulations that relate to snow on vehicles:
* Connecticut
* District of Columbia
* Delaware
* Indiana
* New Hampshire
* New Jersey
* Ohio
* Pennsylvania
* South Carolina
* West Virginia
* Wisconsin
Massachusetts and New York have pending laws. For the list of all of the laws and citations from the American Trucking Association, see this link.
We have heard for years that this snow removal is challenging. That is why we developed and introduced the Durasweeper® , designed to take snow and debris off the top of a vehicle roof before it gets on the road. It protects the driver from harm in removing the snow and it clears the snow without damaging the trailer.
Check out this video to see the Duraweeper® in action.
Do you have a customer with a fleet that regularly travels to the states listed above? Give us a call to get more information on the Durasweeper® . For more detailed information see www.bluffmanufacturing.com/durasweeper.aspx

Ever Had Trouble Removing Snow from the roof of a Tall Vehicle?

Vans, trucks, frack tanks and buses all get loaded with snow. Do you let it sit only to be blown off while driving, or do you try to remove it? Learn how removal can be super simple in this post.

As beautiful as snow is, it causes a number of safety and logistical issues for businesses, schools, and drivers.

When snow comes flying off the roof of a large vehicle, , it can practically blind the drivers behind it. This can lead to a massive pile-up on the freeway, and perhaps the deaths of other drivers.

Do you want your company or organization associated with an accident caused by flying snow?

If you fail to remove snow from your fleet’s roofs, some states on the East Coast give you a hefty fine of $250 – $1500. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and Connecticut have laws in place forcing you to remove it.

While of course the fines would be obnoxious, the real issue is everyone else’s safety. That includes the safety of your employees, who would otherwise have to climb your vehicles to brush them off.

So how do you remove snow from the tops of your vehicle fleet?

That’s Where DuraSweeper Comes In!

It’s actually a pretty simple device. A 32-inch poly wafer brush mounted on an axle and held up by 2 up rights quickly sweeps the snow right off the roofs of your vehicles.

Check out the video below to see how it works:

And the really cool thing is you don’t just have to limit its use to snow. You can also use DuraSweeper to remove:

  • Plastic
  • Quarry dust
  • Salt
  • Grass

You can also quickly and easily clean debris off of wooden flatbed trucks.

You never have to worry about DuraSweeper damaging the roofs of your vehicles or any protruding objects like hatches, lights, or stacks

And some of the other benefits you get include:

  • Reduced liability
  • Potentially lower insurance premiums
  • Avoiding the negative publicity that happens if you cause an accident
  • Building your image as a company concerned with the safety of the general public

If it snows a lot in your area, or if you think DuraSweeper can help you remove any of the types of debris above, it’s just what your company needs.

Learn more about DuraSweeper.

Why Forklift Safety is Like the Regular Football Season and Not the Playoffs


The Super Bowl was last February 2. National Forklift Safety Day was last June 10. Certainly, neither date is important now except for how they raised our awareness of the need for talent, discipline, and extra precautions in the regular season.

Of note, the professional training camps started in July, but the really savvy professionals actually started personal training months before. We all know why. Despite the allure of a Super Bowl ring, truly successful track records are not built on one game. Likewise, forklift safety is not a peak event at a rodeo, crowned by bragging rights, medals and awards.

Forklift safety is much more akin to the regular football season, and yes, even the Pre-Season. It’s about the day-to-day blocking and tackling. It’s about continual vigilance and discipline. And it’s much, much harder than winning the rodeo. The time to start building a winning game season started in May, and the time to start building a forklift safety record was at the beginning of your “Safety Year”, not two weeks before the rodeo.

Based on the stats, here are a few things to watch out for and what you can do about them.

1 – Stay in the cage. This means always use a seatbelt in case of a fall. It also means minimizing movement in and out of the forklift cage. One way to help with that was Bluff’s development of a dock board that could be safely placed, locked in and removed without leaving the cage. The Speedy Board comes in a wide range of sizes and capacities, and the efficiency savings – not to mention the cost reductions through safety – make this a great value.

2 – Maintain the forklift, but do it in a safe manner. Football teams check the goal posts for stability, and we’ve read the stories about what happens when the goal posts snap and fans sustain head injuries. Less written about, but no less devastating, is what happens when a mast collapses in the middle of forklift maintenance. Don’t let this happen to you. Bluff offers a reusable and handy Forklift Stabilization Kit that is more durable than wood. With it, both the wheels and the masts can be stabilized for safer maintenance. In football, trainers won’t allow unstabilized knee exercises, so don’t allow your masts and wheels to go unstabilized either.

3 – Prevent injuries when going up in the air. The NFL has rules about roughing the kicker when the kicker’s leg is up in the air and he is very vulnerable to injury. So too, OSHA has rules about going high up without protection. Bluff’s safety cage (or man basket) meets those rules, and protects workers from the many injuries that can occur when being lifted up for maintenance, picking and more.

Bottom line – winning the Super Bowl is not about a single game – it’s really about a whole season and staying injury free. So too with forklift safety – it’s not about a rodeo buckle or award, it’s about a whole season – productive and injury free. For more information from Bluff Manufacturing on how we can help you stay injury free and productive in your operation, call 1-800-433-2212, or visit our website at www.BluffManufacturing.com.

Trailer Door Opening


Most trailer doors are roll ups with an opening of 92″-94″. Swing door trailers have an opening that is 102″ wide. Boards and ramps must have a minimum of 2″ clearance per side to allow for safe, secure, proper placement.

Some people ask us for a 96″ wide board for a roll up trailer, but the board needs to sit inside the opening.

We are happy to provide training and always have product specialists ready to assist you in finding the best solution for the application.

We have the same goal you do: the right solution the first timeYard Ramp resulting in a satisfied customer.