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Safety Alerts
    Picnic Table Accident
    See the Powerpoint slides that show an area of weakness in a composite type picnic table. The table that broke was only 6 years old and had been kept indoors for the first 2 years. The failure of this table was the direct cause of a seriously sprained ankle, resulting in a loss time accident. This is for your awareness and to encourage the regular inspection of composite picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, etc. made of this type material and/or purchased from this company (Barco Products).

    Many people are buying composite items because they are being marketed as durable that will not rot, splinter, or break and have a long-life cycle. Our inquiries reveal that the actual life cycle is only 8 - 10 years and these tables are not weight tested. In this case the company claims that these tables are a best seller and have had no other problems reported.



    Playground Equipment Recall
    The Spring 2003 issue of Playground Safety News contains information on a national effort to remove potentially dangerous metal and molded plastic animal swings from playgrounds. The swings were installed 1951-1991.



    Tie Rod- John Deere Loader Model 401C
    While positioning our 1983 John Deer Front-end Loader Model 401C to pick up a concrete wheel stop the right front tie-rod end snapped in-two causing both front tires to turn inward. If this would have happened while "roading" the tractor a potentially deadly accident could have happened. Inspection of the broken tie-rod ends revealed a previous stress fracture that apparently weakened the tie-rod end. Recommend inspection and replacement of tie-rod ends on older pieces of equipment. We plan to replace all tie-rod ends on this piece of equipment.

    Photos: In-place and Close-up