Pedestrian / Forklift Intersection Safety Solution

One of the simplest, yet most effective ways to get a pedestrian’s attention when entering an intersection where forklifts and other vehicles might be present is a self-closing gate. The simple act of forcing a pedestrian to briefly stop and pull a gate back towards themself reminds them that they are entering a dangerous area … Read more

Your machines may be guarded, but are your machine guards protected?

Our customers can spend a lot of time and money guarding machines with fencing and custom guards and the results are often beautiful. At least until a forklift backs into them. Not only does this look bad, but it often decreases the effectiveness of the guarding.  Adding simple to install and affordable polymer guarding to … Read more

Are Your Machine Tools Guarded?

Machine tools such as drill presses, lathes, mills, pedestal grinders, sanders and band saws are commonly found in the maintenance shops. All too often they are unguarded though. Did you know that OSHA 1910 applies to these common tools and inadequate machine guarding is one of the most common OSHA violations? Bulwark provides, installs and … Read more

Are your Two-Hand Touch controls up to standard?

Two-Hand controls are used to keep an operator’s hands out of the danger zone on presses and many other repetitive machine operations. However, there are a couple of requirements on these systems that we see violated on a regular basis. According to ANSI B11.19 Section 10.8: Buttons must be at least 21.65” apart. Both buttons … Read more

Kee Track Safety Access

One of the more common fall protection challenges we get asked to solve is providing safe access to the tops of machines, vehicles, tanks, etc. The challenge is almost always finding places to properly anchor a fall protection system. Often the internal roof structure does not offer beams or trusses in just the right location … Read more

Restart Protection – Confirm Personnel are Clear before Restarting your Machines

Restart protection for robotic cells and full body access areas on machines is becoming more and more popular. Our clients want to rely less on visual inspection or systems that require operators to perform tasks to ensure personnel are out of the danger zone. They want confirmation that it is safe to start a machine … Read more

Custom Fall Protection Platform Installation

The Bulwark team recently completed a custom platform that had to be squeezed into a very tight space:                The modular aluminum design and the flexibility of the leg placement allowed us to install this quickly and without any major changes on site. Our client was very happy with the … Read more

Simple Retrofittable Machine Restart Protection

Lately, Bulwark Safety Systems has been seeing a lot more emphasis from clients on making sure there is no one in the danger zone prior to restarting a machine. To support our clients, we regularly protect against this concern by adding safety radars, safety scanners or pressure mats. Although, these solutions do require integration with … Read more

Work Zone Safety Lights

Work Zone Safety Lights are a highly visible way to get the attention of forklift traffic when there is temporary work being performed. The Bulwark installation team uses these LED lights to keep our team safe when we are in the path of forklifts and other vehicles. Below are a couple examples. Polymer guarding installation … Read more

Have you considered switching to safety box cutters or have you made the switch and productivity has suffered? If so, Cardinal Cutters might just be the solution you are looking for.  Some of the many purposes of Cardinal Cutters are to:  Reduce Injuries Reduce Damaged Goods Increase Productivity   Dual Safety Guards protect the user, … Read more

Grinder Guards

Grinder guards are one of the simplest ways to make immediate improvements in your machine safety program. Our new ViziGuard system offers several benefits: Two large shields Interlock to ensure the shields are in place before the grinder can be started LED lighting Start/stop and e-stop buttons  Optional electronic brake Guard assembly easily mounts to … Read more

Rooftop Fall Guards for Drains & Equipment

We recently had a client ask us for a fall protection solution specifically for the task of keeping their roof drains clear of debris. Since it is autumn and your roof likely has leaves on it, here is the solution we recommended.  Of course, the safest solution would be to add railing to the entire … Read more

Equipment Inspection Systems

Is your OSHA required forklift pre-shift inspection system highly visible, simple to use and easily accessible? How about other equipment? Do you have a system with a consistent format for inspecting equipment like the following? AED Inspection Aerial Lift Inspection Bucket Truck Inspection Crane & Hoist Inspection Chipper / Shredder Inspection Cart Inspection Car / … Read more

Case Study in Overhead Crane Collision Avoidance

  Process: Large sheets of aluminum are moved using an overhead crane across an aisle way that is used by forklifts.   Problem: An  overhead crane passes in front of a  doorway just inside the building. When a sheet of aluminum is being moved across the aisle way, there is potential for a forklift to crash … Read more

Attention Grabbing Signage for Intersections

Are pedestrians sufficiently protected from forklifts and other vehicles at intersections and crosswalks in your facility? If not, projected safety signage is bright, highly visible, affordable and does not wear over time. To be sure to get the attention of pedestrians and drivers, projected images are typically turned on using motion sensors. We provide technologies … Read more

Guardrail Impact Ratings Explained

When specifying a guardrail, we take into account the potential impact it might experience using our Impact Calculator. There are a couple ways in which impact ratings are given by guardrail manufacturers and both can be confusing, so we help by explaining these ratings.   Information you must have:   What is the total weight … Read more

Automated Pedestrian Safety Gates

Did you know that Bulwark Safety Systems provides automated gates as part of our comprehensive pedestrian safety solutions. We recently completed a system that has 6 automated gates (image of one below), all controlled with one key fob. Every entrance to an area can be blocked with the push of one button, keeping forklifts out … Read more

Kee Safety-KeeGuard

Is your team accessing your roof on a regular basis for activities such as HVAC maintenance, filter changes or leaf and debris removal? If so, consider how much safer these activities would be with passive fall protection guardrails in place. Not all fall protection railing is built the same though. Here are 6 reasons that … Read more

Foot Pedals

Do you have electric foot pedals in your facility? Are they properly guarded to ensure they will not be accidentally tripped? OSHA 1910.217(b)(4)(i) states that “The pedal mechanism shall be protected to prevent unintended operation from falling or moving objects or by accidental stepping onto the pedal.”  Covers may not be enough to prevent accidental … Read more

Fall Protection for Machine Tops and Ladders

The Bulwark team regularly gets asked for fall protection help on machine tops and on older ladders that are not equipped with active fall protection systems. In both cases we have several simple solutions with low costs. Here are 2 of them:  The FallTech Temporary Horizontal Lifeline System can be used for safe access to … Read more

Our Heroes

“A hero is someone who has given his or her own life for something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell Today we give a special tribute to those who have sacrificed everything for our country. Bulwark Safety System is proud to honor and support these individuals that serve for our freedom. Thank you heroes.

OSHA’s New Working at Heights Program

OSHA has announced a new National Emphasis Program to reduce and prevent workplace falls effective May 1, 2023.  The National Emphasis Program Link Workplace falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities and this program is aimed at protecting workers from falls and ensuring their safety while on the job. One of the key changes … Read more

Safety Success Stories: Anti-Slip & Ergonomic Matting

Did you know that you can eliminate trip hazards and slippery surfaces around your machines while providing your employees with the benefits of ergonomic matting? That is exactly what we achieved in this safety success example: This wasn’t the only client that added anti-slip to a very challenging environment. Check out this dirty and greasy … Read more