Category: Safety

Overcoming Winter Struggles on the Railroad

“I personally dread when winter hits and I know that I have to be out on the tracks. From my experience, especially the blizzard of January 1979 working in Cicero, Illinois, the snow was deeper than any automobile. With all of the front-end loaders, plows, road graders, jet snow blowers, we must have hit between…

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Keep Your Switches and the Railroad Moving all Winter

RR Winterizer anti-icing solution is the safest ice-prevention method to keep the railroad moving and on time this winter season. It is a multi-purpose, environmentally-safe anti icer that prevents ice from bonding with the rail or other material. This means no more frozen switches. No platform injuries. And, it deters derailments, and upholds precision scheduled…

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10 Products to Win This Winter

While the first day of fall has just passed, it is never too soon to start preparing for what’s to come next. With winter right around the corner, many of our customers will soon be experiencing sub-zero temperatures, blizzards, and ice conditions across the country. We specialize in seasonal products such as FireSnake, switch brooms,…

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Your Product Testing Checklist

    Recently, the IRS teamed up with our supplier Norton Abrasives to perform continuous improvement testing on saw blades in our Elmhurst, IL headquarters. Tests like this one are not only necessary for safety, but also ensure products are up to top standards. While the process does change depending on the product, here are…

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Fire Prevention and Safety

spark shield

The majority of railroad fires are caused from grinding or welding on the rail. Grinding and welding rail can produce sparks, which is why it is important to follow proper fire risk assessment and mitigation procedures before starting the job. There are several factors involved in assessing the risks for fire prevention. Here’s a few…

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Staying Hydrated in Extreme Temperatures

In the midst of summer, temperatures are at a scorching high with extreme humidity, especially for us in the Chicagoland area. It?s important to work safe in these types of conditions especially if you are outside. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. The…

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