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Special Report: PTi takes proactive approach

Issue: January 2017

As employers contemplate how new OSHA safety standards will affect their work environments, equipment makers look to bring their products into compliance.

Processing Technologies International LLC, Aurora, Ill., typically provides single- or double-tier level mezzanines for access to blending systems and vacuum-loading components over its extrusion systems, said Tom Limbrunner, senior VP of applications and technology. 

“Although the new OSHA rule may not mandate guard rails as primary fall protection, PTi will continue to provide our mezzanines with handrails and kick plates for all levels,” Limbrunner said.

 He said the platforms are usually provided with stairs for access to each level, and the systems do not exceed 24 feet, with silos typically supplied directly by PTi customers. The new OSHA standards include special safety stipulations for fixed ladders that extend more than 24 feet above a lower level, as well as for elevated platforms.

Lisa Jo Lupo, correspondent



Processing Technologies International LLC,