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Pipeline safety equipment and solutions

Two workers wearing safety headwear and holding a clipboard inside a pipeline microtunnel

As an agency within the Department of Transportation (DOT), PHMSA oversees the nation’s pipeline infrastructure, which stretches over 2.6 million miles. Its regulations cover a broad spectrum of operations, from design and construction to maintenance, inspections, and emergency response.

The Pipeline Efficiency and Safety Act of 2023, formally known as the Promoting Innovation in Pipeline Efficiency and Safety (PIPES) Act, was introduced to reauthorize and enhance the PHMSA’s safety programs for a four-year period. This bipartisan legislation focuses on advancing the safety of the United States’ energy infrastructure through efficient and effective measures. Key aspects of the Act include a significant funding allocation of $804 million between 2024 and 2027 to support PHMSA-administered pipeline safety programs.

Pipeline safety equipment

To comply with PHMSA regulations, operators must adhere to a variety of equipment and procedural requirements designed to ensure the safety and integrity of pipeline operations. Equipment and procedures include leak monitoring, internal corrosion monitoring, and integrity management programs.

Carroll Technologies provides a wide range of products suitable for microtunelling and pipeline operations.

Gas Detection Monitors: Due to the potential presence of hazardous gases in the subsurface environment, gas detection monitors are a vital safety tool. These devices can alert workers to the presence of methane, carbon monoxide, or other dangerous gases, allowing for immediate action to be taken to ensure worker safety. Carroll Technologies supplies a range of portable gas detection systems such as the Altair 4X from MSA.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PPE is a fundamental safety requirement in any construction operation, including microtunnelling. This includes hard hats, safety glasses, high-visibility clothing, and protective footwear. Additionally, specialized PPE such as respirators may be required depending on the project’s specific environmental conditions. Carroll Technologies provides a range of high-quality wearable PPE from trusted manufacturers such as Protective Industrial Products (PIP), as well as hard hats and the award-winning NLT Polaris cap lamp.

Communication Systems: Maintaining clear and reliable communication between surface teams and operators controlling the microtunnelling equipment is crucial. Advanced communication systems ensure that any potential issues can be quickly addressed and that the operation can proceed safely. Carroll Technologies provides a range of communication equipment, offering site visit services to understand your requirements and build a customized digital radio technology solution, including amplifiers or leaky feeder systems where needed. Through Sybet International, Carroll Technologies also offers wireless communication system designed for rescue operations.

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Fluid dispensing hoses and reels

Selection of Balcrank fluid dispensing hoses and reels

As industries evolve, the demand for innovative and effective fluid management solutions has never been higher, and industries need tailored solutions to suit a wide range of applications. Among the key players responding to this demand is Balcrank, a company with a longstanding reputation for delivering high-quality fluid management solutions such as pumps and hose reels.

Fluid dispensing hoses

Balcrank’s fluid dispensing hoses are designed to handle a wide range of fluids, including oils, lubricants, coolants, and water. These hoses are engineered to withstand the harsh conditions of industrial environments, including exposure to chemicals, abrasions, and high pressures.

Balcrank provides a wide range of hose reels, from light-duty economy units up to robust extended-volume reels for heavy industries. Their lineup includes economy, evolution, classic, and premium hose reels, catering to budget-friendly options as well as high-quality demands. They also offer extended volume, extended volume extra, and extended volume + reels for applications requiring higher volume capacity. Additionally, Balcrank provides enclosed hose reels, light cord reels, hose reel stands, and hose reel accessories to complement their range and offer comprehensive solutions for hose management.

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Forklift fleet management systems

Fleet of trucks and forklifts outside of a warehouse facility

Forklift fleet management systems are designed to provide real-time information on every aspect of forklift operations. These systems integrate software and hardware components, including GPS tracking, operational sensors, and data analytics tools, to monitor the performance and usage of each forklift within a fleet. The goal is to maximize efficiency, ensure safety, and extend the lifespan of the equipment through better management practices.

Key benefits of forklift fleet management

Operational efficiency: Tracking the usage and performance of forklifts to optimize routes within a warehouse or scheduling forklift use to avoid bottlenecks.

Maintenance and upkeep: Proactive maintenance can alert managers to potential issues before they become significant problems, based on data collected from sensors on the forklifts.

Safety enhancements: These systems can monitor for unsafe behaviors, such as speeding or unauthorized use, and enforce compliance with safety protocols.

Data analytics and reporting: Fleet management systems can provide insights into every aspect of fleet operation, from individual driver performance to overall fleet efficiency. This data can then be used to make informed decisions, improving both short-term operations and long-term strategic planning.

Where to buy forklift management fleet systems

Forklift collision avoidance systems are an essential part of enhancing workplace safety by alerting forklift drivers and other workers to the presence of vehicles, personnel and obstacles.

Utilising electromagnetics, RFID, GPS or bi-directional radar (or in the case of PBE’s system, all four), facilities can configure these tracking methods to recognize different groups, such as vehicle types, personnel, or obstacles. Forklift fleet management systems are not a “one size fits all” solution, so Carroll Technologies works with customers to customize a warning system that is ideally suited for the application.

According to Carroll Technologies president Allen Haywood: “Facilities that just have one forklift want to make sure that they don’t collide with certain low hanging obstacles and avoid danger areas, it’s never just about collision avoidance with other forklifts, but also avoidance of personnel.

“Systems can be customized for a lot of different types of operations and programmed to set the parameters that they need. We can also incorporate remote opening gates and doors, as well as recordings of travel so that they can look back through history via mobile or desktop software. It can record everything that has been travelling, what speeds they have been travelling at, and any near misses.”

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Microtunneling safety equipment for sewers, pipelines and other infrastructure projects

Man working in microtunnel constructing pipeline and wearing safety gear

As the demand for efficient, less disruptive methods of laying infrastructure grows, so does the complexity of the operations involved. The industry’s commitment to safety and range of microtunneling safety equipment not only ensures the protection of its workforce but also guarantees the longevity and reliability of the infrastructure being installed.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) in microtunneling includes helmets, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, steel-toed boots, and gloves. Given the underground nature of the work, additional gear such as respirators or breathing apparatuses may be necessary to protect against potential air quality issues.

Underground construction sites are prone to the accumulation of hazardous gases. Equipment such as gas detectors and air quality monitors are crucial to detect any harmful gases early and ensure that ventilation is adequate.

Robust communication systems are also vital in microtunneling operations to ensure that all team members, especially those monitoring the operation remotely, are in constant contact. This facilitates immediate response in case of emergencies or when adjustments are needed. Carroll’s communication equipment range includes leaky feeder systems for a reliable, wireless communications infrastructure, portable, wireless communication solutions for exploration or rescue operations,  mine phones, digital two-way radios and more.

Where to buy microtunneling safety equipment

Carroll Technology supplies a range of underground safety equipment suitable for microtunneling operations, from a comprehensive range of PPE to handheld gas detection devices and digital two-way radios.