Express Messenger 1930 July Vol 13#1 - June 1932 V14 #12 American Railway Exp Co
The Express Messenger 1930 July Volume 13 and 14
The Express Messenger American Railway Express Company employee magazine. Lots of articles, photos, employee news, more.
Express motion posters, preventing fires a vital matter, A very young horse on express, What price damage, Ohio chickens to the British West Indies, Hot house vegetables popular, more.
SOMEWHAT apart from the normal hazard that exists in the daily operation of our large fleet of vehicles, widely scattered throughout the country, is the accident problem as it is confronted in our shop and other mechanical operations. This is treated in detail in that part of our new Safety Code addressed to mechanics in the employ of the Company. On the next two pages we present this part of the Code, which speaks for itself.
In maintaining its extensive pick-up, transfer and delivery operations in connection with the business moved by rail, the Company maintains substantial fleets of three types of vehicles-those for the street, the terminal and railway station platforms.
At a recent date, these included 12,246 units of all types, mostly gas and electric trucks; tractors and trailers. In addition hundreds of electric station trucks are used in some big terminals; in others small tractors and high four-wheel trucks. Some 6o,000 station hand trucks are employed along the railway stations of the country for handling express on and off trains.
All of this substantial equipment is maintained at a high degree of operating efficiency and appearance; in other words, subject to periodical inspection and when necessary, overhaul, repair or repainting. This essential work is carried on in the various motor vehicle equipment repair and paint shops located in key cities. Our largest are in New York City, on E. 42nd and 43rd Streets. Here there is a Wagon and Harness Repair Shop, where facilities for wood-working, carpentry, blacksmith forging, metal work and facilities for complete repainting are provided. In connection with the work on motor chassis, there is a machine shop and other departments where other mechanical activities are carried on. Our other principal shops are located in Buffalo, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, San Francisco and St. Louis.
Thus it can be seen that while our main business is expedited transportation, our shop operations in connection therewith are quite considerable. In these shops Safety First is an old slogan. In fact, everywhere will be found this warning : "Be Careful ; Avoid Accidents." These are Company rules governing the handling of each type of machine and they are specific and are for the protection of the men who use them. Nor does the Company tolerate violations of such regulations.
One can never tell when an accident will happen. The consequences may be serious, if not fatal. Constant alertness on the part of employes handling mechanical devices is absolutely vital at all times.
On all of the special machinery used in its shops, the Company has provided practical safety devices. There are goggles for men who use grinding wheels; respirators for the operators of electric sanders used on "repaint" jobs; guards for rip saws and exposed moving parts of machines. But to serve their purpose of preventing accidents they must be properly used.
There is an inclination on the part of some men who use the same machine, day in and day out to consider themselves almost times attain an almost unbelievable velocity, and have been known to penetrate the eyeball so deeply as to lodge in the optic nerve.
immune to accident. The man at the grinding wheel who has never had any trouble, may feel that the use of goggles is an unnecessary precaution and neglect to don them. Then the unexpected happens. A flying chip strikes his eye and almost blinds him. Then he realizes-when it is too late-the reason why goggles are always available right near the machine. These flying chips some-
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