Lean Safety

21 November 2017

Cord Management System Works

Written by  Jack Rubinger Published in Lean Safety

The extensive number of electrical cords used on construction projects, at warehouses and at distribution centers generates safety issues such as trip hazards and damage due to lift traffic. 

by Jack Rubinger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-964-4877

Mike Chapelear and his team at Advanced Technology Group (ATG), architectural and mechanical construction services, constructed an aluminum mobile cord management rack that allows unencumbered lift traffic and reduces the risk of trip hazards on a construction project. Each rack system weighs about 100 pounds and are perfectly suited for construction projects where materials or equipment utilize travel paths.  A scissor lift is used to get the cords up there 90% of the time.  

This system is now being used on projects where materials are transported and forklifts and mobile elevating work platforms are used.

Assembling the rack system is very easy. Components consist of bolted and pinned connection points. At the end of the day, the racks break down into three pieces for easy storage at job sites or warehouses.

The benefits to using this system:

  • Prevents damage to cords that would otherwise be ran over by wheeled carts/equipment.
  • Saves time so cords don’t need to be lifted over material carts/equipment (requiring multiple people).
  • Creates safe walking lanes, free of trip hazards.

“When material is transported or equipment is moved across the floor there is no need to stop at each cord and lift it over the material or equipment resulting in uninterrupted work flow,” said Chapelear, who addressed unstable overloading of the cord bridge with multiple welding leads and temp power cords in the course of developing the rack system.

The cost to develop this system? About $2000. Time to develop the rack system?  About four weeks.

Project Superintendent Scott Lucia and Project Foreman Brian Lindsey are responsible for managing the rack system.

For information about how to purchase or develop a custom rack system, contact Scott Work at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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