Scrap Metal and Safety
Scrap metal is a large industry here in the United States. Every year, on average, 56 million tons of scrap iron and steel (including 10 million tons of scrap automobiles), 1.5 million tons of scrap copper, 2.5 million tons of scrap aluminum, 1.3 million tons of scrap lead, 300,000 tons of scrap zinc and 800,000 tons of scrap stainless steel are processed.*
Handling scrap metal can be hazardous without the proper safety precautions. Employees a scrapyards are always required to wear bright colors, eye protection, Kevlar or heavy duty gloves, steel-toed safety shoes or boots and a hard hat.
Customers must always follow singe and instructions and wear closed and sturdy footwear. It is very important to not go into restricted areas and always make eye contact with truck, forklift and crane operators.
We at United Iron & Metal strive to create a safe scrap yard for our employees and customers. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding any safety precautions at our scrap yard.
*US Department of Labor (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/recycling/recycling_scrap_metal.html)