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Environmental Impact of Recycled Rubber Parking Stops

A core part of our company mission statement "A dynamic, global team dedicated to protecting people, assets, and the environment," is protecting the environment. While many of our products are designed to do exactly this, it's also a broader company philosophy that we embrace. One example of this is the manufacturing process behind our rubber parking stops.

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Checkers™ Releases Industrial Vehicle Safety Product Video

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Checkers, internationally recognized leader in the field of industrial safety, has released a video that demos the strength and reliability of Checkers’ UC Wheel Chocks. This brief video overview shows how a relatively small piece of carefully designed polyurethane can protect employees and prevent vehicles in many industries from causing costly damage.

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Checkers Video Features Guard Dog® Cable Protection Product

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Checkers, internationally recognized leader in the field of industrial safety, has produced a new video highlighting a product that addresses safety challenges many businesses face every day. This brief video presentation demonstrates the versatility and ready applicability of our Guard Dog® Cable Protector system.

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How Wheel Chocks Keep Tractor Trailers Safe and Secure

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Trucking is big business. A 2019 study valued the U.S. trucking industry at $791 billion with more than 947,000 truck drivers employed. In a number of cases, instances of wheels not being properly secured resulted in trucking catastrophes—injuries or fatalities that could have been avoided with proper use of tractor trailer safety equipment like industrial wheel chocks.

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What to know about ADA Ramps and Cable Protectors

ADA ramps are cable-protection ramps designed to provide an easier crossing for wheelchairs, pedestrians, and vehicles. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed into law in 1990. Title III of the ADA requires places of public access as well as commercial facilities to accommodate persons with disabilities by implementing structural accessibility features in compliance with ADA standards. ADA ramps from Checkers Safety™ have a wide range of applications. The principal application for ADA ramps is to provide ease of crossing for wheelchairs or other pedestrians who might have difficulty navigating over a standard cable protector. In general, ADA ramps offer a more gradual transition from the ground to a cable protector’s surface.

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What is the Best Wheel Chock Material?

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When shopping for wheel chocks, material construction is the most important factor to consider. Common wheel chock materials include wood, rubber, aluminum, steel and urethane. Each option has its benefits. Wood, rubber and aluminum are more economical solutions, while steel and urethane are more costly. Let’s break down each wheel chock material option.

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Understanding Load Capacities of Cable Protection

There are a variety of factors that affect the load capacity of a cable protector. Cable protectors are designed to perform in a range of applications. From commercial venues where traffic mainly consists of pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchairs or strollers to industrial applications where cables need to be protected from large vehicles, cable protectors protect equipment from damage and people from injuries. 

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WHITE PAPER: Urethane vs. Rubber Wheel Chocks

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Wheel chocks represent critical safety equipment in industrial, mining and aviation settings. Their proper and sustained use ensures that lives are protected, and such use is required by the DOT, NFPA, SAE and MSHA. There are multiple wheel chocks on the market, including those constructed of aluminum, wood, rubber and urethane. Federal guidelines do not generally specify the type of material that must be utilized for industrial applications; however, rubber and urethane are the two most commonly selected by safety managers.

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