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How to Solve the Ergonomic Problems of Floor-Level Carton Picking

September 27, 2016

order picker in a rack warehouse

When working with palletized goods stored at floor level beneath a rack beam in a typical warehouse, there are significant issues for order pickers who execute these tasks daily, including strains and stresses that can lead to major injuries, down time, and worker compensation expenses. What can you do to reduce the chances of these types of problems?

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Case Study: American Greetings Reduces Maintenance, Noise Levels

May 3, 2016

Conveyor system in Arkansas

American Greetings, the largest greeting card company in the world, with a mission that includes the desire to make the world “a more thoughtful and caring place,” had an issue with its aging conveyor system. The company creates a variety of greeting cards and other products in its massive Osceola, Arkansas facility (which has more than 10 miles of conveyors and occupies a space around the size of 57 football fields).

The plant runs 24 hours, so finding a way to upgrade without reducing production was a challenge.

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Comfort and Productivity: It’s Worth It

March 15, 2016

Workers at Packaging Station

I recently attended a product training class on high volume low speed fans, and a statistic was thrown out to the audience that really got me thinking. A NASA study, Compendium of Human Responses to the Aerospace Environment*, showed that worker productivity falls significantly for every degree over an optimum temperature of about 72 degrees. If the temperature hits 85 degrees in the workplace, productivity drops by 18% and accuracy a walloping 40%.

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Download our New Safety Products Catalog

August 27, 2015

Safety Products Catalog

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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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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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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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Warehouse Ergonomics: A Quick Guide

April 2, 2015

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Everyday functions of most warehouses and industrial operations falls within the realm of manual material handling–constant lifting, bending, stretching, reaching, pushing and otherwise manipulating materials by physical force. People are moving cartons, picking orders, reaching for packing materials and other activities. Manual material handling contributes to musculoskeletal disorders, to the tune of more than 500,000 reported annual reported cases of strains and stress in shoulders, backs, arms, and legs.

While you can never eliminate it, you can reduce the worst aspects of it. Let’s dive into some ways.

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Coming Through! How to Stay Safe While Working in Your Warehouse

January 8, 2015

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When people enter a warehouse, many see just the shelves, pallets, racks, lift trucks, and boxes. They may overlook the numerous scenarios that can easily cause serious injuries — or worse. Safety is all too frequently disregarded due to insufficient time, inadequate resources, lack of management focus, or an opportunity to cut corners in an attempt to save money.

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Are We Automating Jobs Away?

October 3, 2014

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In the last 200 years 70% of jobs done by American workers have been replaced by automation – and during the next century we will see another automation revolution that replaces 70% of American jobs, again.

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Video Library: Carts, Trucks & Mobile Equipment for Safe, Reliable Product Transport

August 29, 2014

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Preventing injury in the workplace isn’t just the right thing to do: It makes smart business sense, too. With 1,000,000 reported back injuries a year, accounting for one quarter of all workers’ compensation claims (according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics), it’s critical for employees to take the proper precautions when transporting materials in the warehouse or distribution center.

Our previous video blog in this series dealt with safety gates & rails to protect employees, inventory, and equipment. Today, we’ll explore the ways in which employees can ensure safety and productivity when transporting materials via carts, trucks & mobile equipment and industrial powered vehicles:

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