In This Issue
Loading bay bumpers - look no bolts
Crash barrier tries to stop car in its tracks
Bumper rides in the warehouse
Out and about at the NEC
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Loading bay bumpers - look no bolts
Cadbury’s chilled warehouse at Midpoint Birmingham were using standard solid rubber loading bay blocks and they were being ripped off in just a few weeks, see the broken bumper quick link photo. The steel M30 fixing studs and nuts were getting bent and needed grinding off and replacements welded back. Facing high maintenance and costly downtime the management asked Hazard for a similar rubber block but one that took bigger bolts . . .
It is clear when you see a triple axle trailer being shunted on to a loading dock that the forces involved are huge! When the trailer is either loaded or in the process of being emptied they clearly move about. A great solution would be to remove the bolts all together, stand a rubber log in a steel frame and allow it to move with the trailer..

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Crash barrier tries to stop car in its tracks
A crash barrier is a barrier on a road designed to prevent vehicles from leaving the roadway to improve road safety. Designed such that a vehicle hitting the barrier is steered back onto the road. In traffic engineering, guardrails prevent vehicles from veering off the roadway into oncoming traffic or crashing against solid objects keeping the vehicle upright while deflected along the guardrail, most times . . . see photo.
In most cases rails would not be able to withstand the impact of a vehicle just by the strength of the individual posts in the area hit by the vehicle. Instead, the guardrail is effectively one strong band that transfers the force of the vehicle to multiple posts beyond the impact area.

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Bumper rides in the warehouse
Column protectors, also known as post protectors, are protective shields that can be installed around the base of an upright to minimise damage where forklifts might hit the upright. Damage to the base of a column can weaken the entire frame and could cause it to collapse.
Three solutions, tough plastic, rubber belting & steel crash beams.
High visibility plastic mouldings: Used in internal space applications.
Solid rubber belting:  Heavy-duty for internal or external applications.
Steel crash beams: External applications i.e. lighting columns etc..

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Out and about at the NEC
Elizabeth II opened the NEC in Feb 1976. The first event was the International Spring Fair. Visitors were taken aback when the self-service restaurants in the halls closed at lunch time so that the staff could eat their meals. Lunch at the NEC has still not improved for those manning their company stands, see Paul having a quick bite of his sandwich backstage at the latest Hazard exhibition at the NEC.
In 1975 we installed our rubber speed bumps on the NEC site to slow down the construction traffic. The photo shows a fully laden Douglas truck driving on site. We were not sure of the driver's reaction on seeing the world’s first rubber ramps so we decided not to hang around . . .

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