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Safety – A Manufacturing & Distribution Hot Button

November 3, 2015

ProMat 2015 Convention Floor
In manufacturing & distribution, safety is an area of top concern, for both the protection of workers and financial ramifications for companies. We spent some time at ProMat with Kelly Kamlager from Ladder Industries to examine the importance of safety and compliance for industrial companies.

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OSHA’s Top 10 List for FY2015

October 21, 2015
OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations

The annual National Safety Council Congress & Expo has come and gone and one of the best take-aways from that event was the announcement of OSHA’s top ten most-cited safety violations for FY2015. None of the items on the list were especially surprising, except perhaps the numbers of citations, and all types of violations should give you cause to stop and think about how well you’ve done with safety in those areas.

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Guard Rail: Steel vs. Flexible Poly

October 7, 2015
Steel King Guard Rail Impact Test
BoPlan Guard Rail Impact Test

Ouch – those collisions have done some damage

In both cases, the guard rail has deformed. That’s good, because both guardrails have done their jobs and protected the people, equipment or facility structures behind them. On the other hand, you can see that the rail systems have been stressed and bent. One system is rigid steel guard rail and the other is flexible poly guard rail. Let’s see how they match up in form, function and lifetime cost.
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Operating Forklifts More Safely

September 22, 2015

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Forklifts are generally acknowledged as the top safety issue in warehouse and distribution center operations. A number of things make this true: first, forklifts account for 1% of industrial accidents, but 10% of injuries. Let’s explore some ways you can make forklift use safer in your facility.
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Steel Guard Rails and Impact Ratings

September 3, 2015

Steel Guard Rails

Guardrails are used to separate people, structures, machinery and valuable assets from heavy forklifts weighing more than 10,000 pounds. The requirements for durability and impact resistance are demanding, yet many don’t understand what types of impacts their systems can endure, and under what circumstances. The issue is compounded by the fact that many manufacturers simply don’t provide impact ratings for their guard rails. Some companies fabricate and install home-made railing, which is likely to never have been rated at all.

What can you do to ensure your guard railing system can protect your employees and property the way it’s supposed to?

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Download our New Safety Products Catalog

August 27, 2015

Safety Products Catalog

Download the safety catalog

(PDF, 1MB, Opens new window)

We’ve added a safety products catalog in convenient PDF download. This catalog covers a range of pedestrian and traffic management options available to facility managers and operators who want to improve safety for pedestrians who work near and around forklift traffic, including warehouse safety sensors, AisleCop® automated safety gate systems, safety gates for mezzanines and docks, an array of protective guard rails, and more. We also touch on safety guards for racks that help reduce the chances of product spills following forklift collisions, loading errors and other mishaps.

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Pallet Racks and Falling Item Prevention

August 27, 2015

falling items in a rack and shelving system

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

conveyor overhead system

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

white paper cover - forklift safety

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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