Making Life Easier and More Productive in Manual Material Handling

posted on: Friday January 18, 2013

Every successful business owner knows that profits are not exclusively dependent on the consumer. While people do need to actually buy the product or service being sold, a business also needs to manage loss. Loss comes in many forms, including workman’s compensation, work in progress, damage to product, and lost hours to name a few…. Read more

What Is The Number One Cause Of Workman Compensation Injuries?

posted on: Monday January 14, 2013

According to Brian Mittman, an attorney for a firm that specializes in workplace injuries, the number one cause of workman compensation injuries is overexertion.  This includes heavy or excessive lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying.   Any job that requires repeated movements of any weight of material is at risk for this type of injury. Workman compensation… Read more

Safety Isn’t Just About Reducing Accidents

posted on: Tuesday January 8, 2013

When a CEO was hired on at a large manufacturing company, one of his first orders of business was to institute a major program to reduce accidents.  Some of his senior managers pushed back a little, wondering if there shouldn’t be some solid financial justification for this.   His reaction to the push back was… Read more

Take a Load Off: Unloading the Truck Without Damage or Injury

posted on: Friday January 4, 2013

Loading and unloading trucks is a vital part of nearly every industry. The success of a business depends on this process happening safely, timely, and efficiently. A well-organized coordinator will help hasten the process, but the right tools can make all the difference. Dollies and forklifts are not the safest, most efficient way of loading… Read more

Greater Productivity and Safety in the Food and Beverage Industry

posted on: Friday December 28, 2012

Alcohol, food processing, and restaurants usually come to mind when discussing the food and beverage industry. This vast enterprise also includes things like baby food and concessions.  For the most part, it is fast-paced. In addition to keeping up with high consumer demand, food and beverages are perishable. As a result, the industry experiences an… Read more

Equipment investment may be your best law suit protection.

posted on: Thursday December 27, 2012

We came across an interesting article in the “Madison-St. Clair Record”.  http://madisonrecord.com/issues/394-fela-jones-act/249100-union-pacific-failed-to-provide-comprehensive-ergonomics-program-suit-says It is about a lawsuit filed against a Union Pacific because they allegedly failed to provide an adequate ergonomic program.  The lack of ergonomic measures by Union Pacific resulted in the numerous injuries the employee suffered because of the nature of his work.  … Read more

A Most Useful Device in the Healthcare Industry

posted on: Thursday December 20, 2012

On any given day, a single nurse is estimated to lift 1.8 accumulated tons in one shift. The nursing industry is consistently at the top of the list for most work-related injuries. In addition to lifting, the nursing industry requires a lot of pushing. It’s for this reason that even with mechanical devices to help… Read more

Are forklifts becoming the dinosaurs of material moving?

posted on: Monday December 17, 2012

General Mills once stated that their greatest material handling cost was product damage due to forklift handling.    In the old manufacturing mentality, bigger was better.   Large forklifts moving heavy loads of material was seen as the most efficient way for intra plant material movement.   Today, smaller is better.   Lot sizes are smaller; delivery sizes are… Read more

When all you have is a forklift… everything looks like a pallet

posted on: Wednesday December 12, 2012

Did you know that in the US there is a forklift fatality every 3 days?  There are also 95,000 non-fatal forklift related injuries a year.  Businesses are now spending thousands of dollars per year on forklift training and education.   Many businesses require certification for their forklift drivers.   We applaud the efforts to improve forklift safety.    … Read more

Why Safety Rules Are Broken in the Workplace

posted on: Thursday December 6, 2012

While the saying “rules were made to be broken” sounds very take-charge, in the world of safety, it is idiotic. Yet injury reports and safety surveys show us that even the most safety-conscious employees sometimes ignore protocol. When the consequences can be so severe in so many jobs, why take the risk? For starters, sometimes… Read more