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Pallet Racks and Falling Item Prevention

August 27, 2015

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What goes up…

In warehousing and storage operations where inventory is stored high on racks, it’s a sad fact of life: sometimes pallets or cartons fall.

They fall because they’re stacked wrong. They fall because an order picker or a forklift bumps them. They might fall because the pallet breaks or was poorly stacked. They fall due to seismic activity, rack failure, or just plain mistakes. There are plenty of reasons they fall, but how can you reduce your risks?

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This article is part of a series of articles on Falling Item Prevention. Click on a link below to view one of the other articles.
  1. Conveyors and Falling Item Prevention
  2. Pallet Racks and Falling Item Prevention
  3. Industrial Shelving: How To Prevent Collapses and Falling Products

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Conveyors and Falling Item Prevention

August 20, 2015

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Conveyors are often installed overhead or suspended from the ceiling to help conserve floor space or to interface with mezzanines or platforms. This  may create potential fall hazards. Loads can fall from inclined conveyors as they are conveyed up or down, or be subject to other factors that can cause a fall from any elevated line. Even on a floor mounted conveyor a spill can split a case, land on an order pickers’ toes, or damage inventory.

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This article is part of a series of articles on Falling Item Prevention. Click on a link below to view one of the other articles.
  1. Conveyors and Falling Item Prevention
  2. Pallet Racks and Falling Item Prevention
  3. Industrial Shelving: How To Prevent Collapses and Falling Products

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Seismic Zones and Pallet Rack: An Evolving Situation

August 12, 2015

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Is your facility in a seismic zone? Are you sure?

An increasing number of areas across the United States are demonstrating geological stresses and increased fault pressures that lead to earthquakes and smaller seismic events. So much more that our national seismic map was recently updated to include areas of the northeast and southern tier states not previously known for earthquakes, as well as enhanced zone classification in the inter-mountain west and known fault areas. Are you sure your pallet rack is correctly configured to withstand seismic ground forces?

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White Paper: Pedestrian Safety in Forklift Operations

July 27, 2015

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36% of forklift injury accidents involve pedestrians. That’s tens of thousands of accidents a year in the U.S. alone, a great many of them with direct bearing on pedestrians, who are at great risk. Due to the sheer mass of forklifts, they are particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Almost all these accidents result in serious injuries due to the mass and size of forklifts. Forklifts account for 1% of industrial accidents, but 10% of injuries. That statistic alone should put dealing with lift traffic and the ways it threatens walking employees, order pickers, and others a top priority.

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17 Expert Tips on Safety in the Workplace

July 7, 2015

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Industrial workplace safety bears repetition and consistent reinforcement

For manufacturing and distribution operations, workplace safety doesn’t just protect workers—it optimizes productivity and helps drive revenue growth. It also helps protect company assets, reduces downtime, and increases morale. What can you do to protect your employees in picking, packing, material handling, assembly, maintenance and similar work? To answer this question, we spoke with leading manufacturers and distributors. Here’s what they had to say: Read the rest of this entry »

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Introducing the AisleAlert Collision Warning System

June 11, 2015

This video illustrates the new AisleAlert intersection warning system, which is ideal for warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and other applications where visibility or heavy cross-traffic volumes may cause deadly collisions between forklifts, pedestrians and other industrial traffic. As traffic approaches the protected intersection, motion sensors detect the converging motion and trigger a bright LED light that flashes down onto the floor below the sensor at the center of the intersection. This positioning is unique–and remarkably visible.  Since the system utilizes reliable motion detection and intelligent controls, it activates only when traffic is detected in at least two directions moving toward the monitored area. Check it out if you are looking for an economical way increase safety in your facility.
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How Warehouse Safety Technology is Changing Everything

May 19, 2015

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Scene: a typical, busy warehouse

A fulfillment center with row upon row of pallet racks. Eight dock doors occupy one wall of the building, some for receiving, some for shipping. Pick workers work in the rack aisles pushing carts and pallet jacks loaded with picked orders. Other pick workers have empty totes on carts for pulling orders. Fork trucks stock pallet rack and pull bulk stock for large orders. Dock doors are left open much of the time, even when there’s no trailer at the dock.

How many potential safety risks can you envision in this scenario? How do you prevent those from happening?

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Separate Functions without Building Walls

May 5, 2015

Things get a little messy sometimes in most industrial facilities. Or a lot messy.

Areas where sprays and aerosols are used aren’t friendly to the rest of the operation, but they also need to exist in the same facility. Perhaps thermal zones are needed where there was once plenty of space. Welding stations may be in areas more highly populated with other workers. Amongst all these considerations is also the fluidity of your operations as the company grows and changes. Are permanent solutions (walls) the right answer?

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A Quick & Easy Ergonomic Lifting Calculator

April 23, 2015
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The question people often have when they design warehouse work flow is, “how much can we lift by hand?” The answer to that question isn’t cut-and-dried. It all depends on the angle, the approach, the frequency, weight and reaching/twisting requirements.

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Mezzanine, Platform & Pick Module Fall Prevention

April 9, 2015

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Mezzanines and other work platforms increase usable space in warehousing, manufacturing and fulfillment operations. That added floor space can sometimes make the difference between relocation or continuing to build on the foundation you already have. When companies install vertical storage platforms, the hustle and bustle of a busy working day can turn safety processes “soft” – a kind of soft that might lead to a very hard and very expensive landing. Here are some ways you can reduce issue with work platform falls.

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