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Conveying Good Will: Conveyor Safety Tips for Industrial Workers

Hi, my name is Brooke, and I used to run the HR department in a factory. I filed a lot of injury reports and helped a tragic number of people make claims for workers' compensation or WorkCover. In many cases, the accidents involved convener belts. By seeing what not to do, I really learned what should be done in terms of conveyor safety. I love writing and wanted to convey some good will to the world through a blog – I also love puns. In this space, I plan to post on conveyor belt safety as well as other posts related to a range of industrial equipment. I hope these posts help to protect you and your workers.

Conveying Good Will: Conveyor Safety Tips for Industrial Workers

Some Terminology to Learn When Buying Your Own Fencing Supplies

by Ceyda Graumans

It's not impossible for a homeowner to erect their own fence around their yard, or to get replacement supplies and make repairs to damaged slats, cut wires, and the like. However, before you shop, you would do well to understand some basic terms you might come across at the home improvement store. This will ensure you get the right supplies for your fence and know what to buy, as needed.

Component versus panel fences

Component fences are built from individual components or pieces. A picket fence is a type of component fence; each picket is attached to a board or rail behind it. This is opposed to panel fences; panel fences have individual slats attached to rails but they are sold in long panels rather than having each component sold individually.  

Panel fences can sometimes be easier to install since you're simply erecting a few separate panels, whereas component fences require you to nail each slat or picket to the board or rail behind it. However, component fences are often better for uneven lawns, as you can more readily stagger each picket or slat as needed to fit the contours of the ground underneath it.


Galvanized refers to a type of coating that is put over a steel fence, in order to protect it from the elements. Note that steel is very difficult to cut so it offers maximum protection against intruders who may want to cut holes in the links of a chain fence, but steel also rusts and corrodes over time. Galvanized steel isn't as likely to rust and corrode so you won't need to refinish it or worry about having an old, rusted fence in a few years.

Anchored fencing

If you don't relish the idea of digging into your yard for every post you need for your fence, choose anchored fencing. This type of post will have a built-in anchor that makes it durable but which doesn't require digging. You simply pound the post into the ground and the anchor will keep it set. This type of fence is easier and faster to install than posts that require digging, concrete poured around the base, and other such fixtures to keep them in place.

Utility fencing

Utility fencing is specifically designed to keep pests out of gardens or to contain pets in your yard. It's usually made of a thick, durable vinyl and will have a smaller mesh than you might see with chain link fencing, for keeping small rodents at bay. If you're concerned about your pets digging or clawing at a wood fence or damaging a vinyl fence, or want maximum protection around landscaping, look for a utility fence in particular.

For more information on fencing, talk to a professional.