The manufacturing and natural resource industries require more safety precautions to prevent serious injuries and work-related illnesses. Negligence can result in high costs related to indemnification payments, production losses, shutdowns, and medical fees.
Between 2017 and 2018, a 6.4% increase in workplace accidents and an 18% increase in work-related illnesses were recorded by the CNESST. Among those, the rate of fatal accidents caused by a fall increased by 8.1%. In more exact terms, 16,210 of the 85,023 open and accepted cases of employment injuries were caused by a fall. As for same-level falls, they represent 9,951 cases among all falls listed by the CNESST.
These types of falls often occur in areas where installations are made of steel because of the potential slipperiness of this material. Although this alloy can withstand very heavy charges at a fraction of the costs, it significantly increases the risk of accidents when used by the manufacturing or natural resource industries. Indeed, steel surfaces tend to become more slippery when worn, making them unsuitable for the manufacture of passageways and walkways. Moreover, because steel is not resistant to corrosion and chemicals, these structures are more prone to rust and corrosion. They must also withstand corrosive products, as they tend to damage the material and increase the risks of accidents. Humidity and heat are also among the numerous factors that can damage metal structures. It is therefore crucial that installations be made of materials that meet the specific needs of the industry.
A durable solution, Fiber Reinforced Plastic
Fibreglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) is a durable solution to counter premature wear, which increases the need for maintenance and replacements. This material can be used to manufacture work platforms, stairs, guardrails, gratings and more. Furthermore, it is resistant to corrosion and skid-proof. Its reliability and anti-skid surface allow this plastic to prevent fall-related accidents and shutdown delays caused by maintenance and replacement needs. FRP also requires little maintenance and is easy to clean. This material is lighter than traditional ones and is also more comfortable and ergonomic, creating a safer and more enjoyable work environment.
In short, FRP is a more relevant choice not only for the manufacturing and natural resource industries but for several other industries as well. Thanks to its light weight, anti-skid properties and trouble-free maintenance, this material is better suited than metal and wood for the manufacture of structures. In the long term, it is also more cost-effective because it avoids injuries and reduces shutdowns due to structure maintenance. Moreover, this plastic considerably increases the service life of the equipment. It is quick and easy to install and requires little effort and few tools, therefore reducing time and installation costs. FRP is also an excellent electrical insulator, adding a safety factor for industries with electrocution hazards. It is therefore an excellent choice to offer a safer and more comfortable work environment. Other products can also be manufactured, such as easy-to-handle channel gratings, ultra-light guardrails and more.