Forklift Safety Infographic

Posted by Allison Myers

We are proud to show off our new forklift safety infographic. Be sure to check out the links to posts on forklift safety at the bottom of the post and share with your colleagues.

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Topics: Workplace Safety

Increasing Efficiency and Decreasing Risk by Keeping Operators On Their Forklifts

Posted by Allison Myers

Recently, a distribution center came to us with a problem, stretch wrapping was slowing down their forklift drivers. During an average shift, forklift operators were getting on and off their forklifts nearly 200 times to stretch wrap pallets. And this customer’s problem isn’t unique, many warehouse operations that rely on manual stretch wrapping find that the process slows them down considerably (especially if they greatly increase volume).

However, not only is hand wrapping pallets slow and tedious, but forcing operators off of their forklifts also greatly increases their risk of injury.

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Topics: Workplace Safety

Pallet Jack Safety Fails: An Infrequent But Serious Problem

Posted by Allison Myers

Risks lurking in the warehouse

Material handling is inherently risky. Whether it be operating a forklift, loading pallets into a truck, or even pulling a pallet jack, the warehouse world is the source of a surprisingly high percentage of industrial accidents and injuries.

Forklift are traditionally thought of as one of the greatest dangers. Weight, power and speed all contribute to the risk. But consistent efforts by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has raised awareness of risks of forklift operations - for operators and by standers. Operator training and safety requirements have reduced injuries, although there are still too many.

Surprisingly though, the pallet jack alternative, which is often perceived as the safer solution, can be risky. OSHA's stats on pallet jack safety tell an interesting tale. In fact they illustrate a critically important point - pallet jacks are involved in a number of serious injuries.

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Topics: Workplace Safety, pallets

Does your loading dock injury prevention plan create safety hazards?

Posted by Allison Myers

Planning for Safety

Workplace injuries are incredibly expensive - in a number of ways. Lost days, workers' comp premium increases, reputation, impact on worker commitment to the company, overtime, and even the basic ethical cost of not doing everything reasonable to protect workers.

So it's no surprise that companies work hard to prevent unsafe activities and behaviors that lead to preventable workplace and loading dock injury. That's one of the core principles of a lean approach to loading dock operations.

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Topics: Workplace Safety

How To Keep Your Forklift Drivers Safe on Forklift Safety Day

Posted by Kelly Wathen

In honor of the third annual Forklift Safey Day we thought today would be a great day to remind everyone to be safe out there. Forklift accidents happen more often than anyone would like to admint. Read the article below to learn more about how to keep your drivers safe today and every day.

 

About 110,000 forklift related accidents happen every year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Last year alone, more than 50 people died from forklift accidents.

Injuries and deaths related to forklifts often happen when people stand too close to moving forklifts, according to an article by Machinery Equipment Today. In fact, most workers who were injured by a forklift were aware of the machine’s presence. The forklift operator may have turned or accelerated improperly, or the operator and the worker didn’t communicate.

Here are three ways you can reduce the risk of forklift accidents in your plant:

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Topics: Workplace Safety

How Much are injuries at Work Costing You?

Posted by Kelly Wathen

Safety is always a hot topic, especially on the loading dock. Most of us try to take measures to keep our employees happy and healthy. But, even with precautions, injuries at work are costing U.S. companies a lot of money.

One major cause of injury is the forklift. Operators can hurt their backs, knees and even ankles getting on and off of them. There is a way, however, to help reduce the risk of those injuries, its called automation. By allowing a stretch wrapper to automatically attach film at the beginning of a wrap cycle and cut film at the end, operators can stay on their forklifts, reducing the opportunity to get hurt.

Check out this infographic to see the break down of how injuries are affecting your company.

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Topics: Workplace Safety

Fight Repetitive Strain Injuries with a Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Kelly Wathen

Many injures in industrial facilities are a result of repetitive strain. Lifting, bending and pulling objects consistently can
wreak havoc on a person’s tendons, nerves, muscles and other soft body tissue. Sometimes putting them out of work for days at a time.

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Topics: Workplace Safety

3 Ways to Keep Forklift Accidents at Bay

Posted by Kelly Wathen

About 110,000 forklift related accidents happen every year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Last year alone, more than 50 people died from forklift accidents.

Injuries and deaths related to forklifts often happen when people stand too close to moving forklifts, according to an article by Machinery Equipment Today. In fact, most workers who were injured by a forklift were aware of the machine’s presence. The forklift operator may have turned or accelerated improperly, or the operator and the worker didn’t communicate.

Here are three ways you can reduce the risk of forklift accidents in your plant:

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Topics: Workplace Safety

How to Stop Repetitive Work When Stretch Wrapping

Posted by Kelly Wathen

Last year, non-fatal workplace injuries cost U.S. companies $62 billion in worker compensation, according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

Of that amount, companies spent a whopping $15.1 billion on injuries related to lifting, pushing and pulling objects. And injuries related to repetitive motions cost them another $1.8 billion.

People have an increased risk for injury when they perform repetitive work for long periods of time. Hand wrapping pallet loads of product is a common way warehouse workers experience repetitive strain injuries.

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Topics: Workplace Safety

3 Benefits to Swapping Out Your Old Stretch Wrapper for a New One

Posted by Kelly Wathen

If you’ve been googling the words “stretch wrapper” lately, you may be considering whether it’s time to ditch that old, rusty machine in the corner of your shipping dock in favor for an upgrade.  

Or, maybe you think your old one still runs just fine and you don’t need to replace it for a while.

But did you know that replacing an old stretch wrapper – whether it still runs or not -- with a new one can actually stop you from wasting money on film and labor? Plus, they are safer to operate.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Workplace Safety, Labor Savings