In the summer of 2017, Cummings Ag, a North Dakota bean and seed processor, realized that the frequently used ladder system in its facility needed an upgrade to keep up with industry standards. With future OSHA inspections on the horizon and the safety of employees in mind, leadership at Cummings Ag decided to make the needed improvements.
After some research, Cummings Ag decided to put its trust in PS Safety Access™ to resolve its ladder safety issues. The company was already happy with several PS Access Solutions™ doors in the facility, so it made sense to stay in the PS Industries™ family.
Within Cummings Ag’s 20,000-square-foot facility, employees regularly used several permanent in-place ladders and a fairly extensive catwalk system. As a result, Cummings Ag wanted a solution that would maintain the functionality of the ladders while also improving safety for users and meeting all necessary OSHA safety requirements.
After studying the facility, the experts at PS Safety Access determined that the company’s unique Ladder Safety Gate would be the best solution to meet the client’s safety needs. Cummings Ag agreed and decided to install Ladder Safety Gates on all of the in-place ladders throughout its facility.
“Installation was a piece of cake,” says Tracy Bjerke, Cummings Ag owner / CEO. “We were able to install each safety gate in a matter of minutes using only the included hardware and a ratchet.”
Thanks to the careful engineering behind these Ladder Safety Gates, the team at Cummings Ag was able to adjust the gates’ sizing to fit the various ladder openings in the facility. In the end, the newly installed gates successfully addressed all the production facility’s OSHA requirements.
“These gates not only give us peace of mind,” says Bjerke, “they give our employees more confidence every time they access the catwalks. The gates open so smoothly that they don’t slow production down at all.”
When the project was complete, Cummings Ag was so satisfied with the safety and peace of mind provided by its new Ladder Safety Gates that it decided to install three more at a second location.
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About Cummings Ag Inc.
Cummings Ag Inc. is a custom seed processing company that provides the Upper Midwest with the latest crop conditioning technology and services. Its core business is the cleaning and conditioning of dry edible beans, field peas, split peas, lentil beans, dry bean splits and garbanzo beans.