safety precautions for scrap metal

The Safety Hazards of Scrap Yards: Preventing Incidents through Effective Management

Scrap yards play a crucial role in recycling and resource recovery, serving as a hub for collecting, sorting, recycling, and processing discarded scrap metals. 


However, these facilities are not without their share of safety hazards. Unfortunately, under the wrong conditions, Dallas scrap yards can pose significant risks to both workers and visitors. 


At Action Metals Recyclers, we aim to avoid some of our industry’s most common safety hazards through effective practices and processes.


Let’s explore some common safety hazards associated with scrap yards and discuss the proactive measures management can implement to prevent accidents and ensure a safe working and visiting environment.

Machinery and Equipment Hazards

Scrap yards are home to a wide array of heavy equipment, such as shredders, balers, cranes, and forklifts. The operation of these machines presents numerous hazards, including moving parts, entanglement risks, and the potential for falls from heights. 


On top of that, heavy machinery, when mishandled, poses some serious hazards for visiting customers to the scrap yard that is dropping off scrap metals and appliances.

We Provide Comprehensive Training

Our facility ensures that all employees receive proper training in heavy machinery operation. We emphasize safety protocols, maintenance procedures, and emergency response if an incident occurs.

Regular Maintenance and Inspection

To keep our equipment like cranes and scales in pristine condition, we Implement a rigorous maintenance schedule throughout the year. Our process includes regular inspections to identify and address any potential malfunctions or safety issues.


Not only does this keep our facility safer, but it also ensures our customers receive the most accurate pricing estimates for each scrap haul left with Action Metals.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

We believe in keeping our employees safe. That’s why we mandate the use of appropriate PPE, such as hard hats, steel-toed boots, and high-visibility vests, to protect workers from potential hazards.

Hazardous Materials and Chemicals

We accept a wide range of appliances and scrap metals that can house a variety of hazardous materials, including flammable substances, toxic chemicals, and potentially explosive items. 


Here’s some insight into how we minimize the risk of accidents related to these materials in our possession.

Conduct Thorough Inventory Management

We always maintain an accurate inventory of all hazardous materials on-site, clearly labeling and storing them in designated areas with appropriate containment measures.

Proper Disposal and Recycling

Our system for safely disposing of hazardous materials includes partnering with licensed waste management companies to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. We firmly believe in helping the environment with our services and ensure that none of our disposal practices pose a hazard to our surrounding communities in Dallas.

Scrap Safer With Action Metals Recyclers

Prioritizing safety for our employees and customers is at the top of our to-do list at Action Metals Recyclers. We understand the risks in our industry and do our best to provide a safe environment to conduct scrap metal drop-offs and payments.


 If you have a heap of scrap lying around on your property, contact us today. We always offer top dollar for valuable scrap and will ensure you walk away happy and paid!