Precautionary Measures for Enhanced Safety- Metal Strapping
Application of an elongated flap or ribbon made of metal is referred to as metal strapping. Metal strapping is very important for the purposes of stabilizing, combining, reinforcing, holding or fastening a metal. Steel is one of the major metal used in metal strapping since it has a high tensile strength and minimal stretch. Various metal straps are usually in a variety of thicknesses, widths as well as various grades of a metal. Metal strappings also require some finish on the surface such as wax, paints, zinc or even bluing. Using wax as a surface finish is essential for enhancing transmission of tension around a bundle. Metal strapping are essential for various purposes such as bundling items for easier handling and movement needed. Metal strappings also helps in attaching items, for reinforcement as well as securing unit loads such as of metal parts.
Tensioning of the straps is important in metal strapping which should then be sealed to itself. There are various joints that can be used to seal metal strappings such as seal and notch joint, seal less joint, use of a seal and crimp as well as through welding to seal them. These seals are used in various places and they come in different shapes depending on where they are used. Use of seals on metal strappings can be done once tension has been applied or before tension has been applied. Strapping machines or hand tools are the two major types of hand tools used in metal strapping. In the two types of tools, they must have a dispenser which serves a major role in dispensing the straps being worked on. Strapping machine or hand tools are either operated automatically or they can be operated manually.
There are various precautionary measures that need to be put in place when handling metal strappings to guarantee for safety and prevent accidents and injuries. One should have proper protective gear such as safety glasses and thick gloves which protects a person in case the metal strappings happen to lash out once they are cut. It is also important to ensure that one uses appropriate tools and equipment for sealing as well as cutting metal strapping to ensure their safety at all times even when being shipped. A person working with metal strapping should also at all times maintain a safe distance in case the strapping lashes out as well as when cutting them, it should be done in square shapes as this prevents coming up with edge that are sharp and pointed hence minimizing the chances of an injury. Also, one should ensure that they clean up the working environment regularly to prevent injuries from the scraps that might be present.