Can you Immediately Minimize the Risks of Manual Material Handling? Part 3

posted on: Tuesday April 12, 2016

People who work in manual material handling (MMH) can literally put their lives on the line every day at work. While fatal injuries may not be a concern for many, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a concern for most, and they can lead to debilitating pain, loss of job, and a diminished quality of life. We’ve… Read more

Working Around Complex OSHA Forklift Guidelines

posted on: Tuesday April 12, 2016

When you own a forklift, you have a hefty set of OSHA guidelines to keep track of. This goes for both battery and fuel-powered lift trucks. We wrote a series on the OSHA regulations and guidelines for electric forklifts, which primarily focused on one aspect of danger the forklifts pose: the batteries. All forklifts are… Read more

Can you Immediately Minimize the Risks of Manual Material Handling? Part 2

posted on: Friday April 8, 2016

Manual material handling is dangerous work. Removing risks of injury helps both employees and employers. Read Part 1 Here If you manage or work in manual material handling (MMH), you know this activity can cause some significant damage to the body. Manufacturing, construction, and nursing are 3 fields with the highest-reported workplace injuries, and many… Read more

OSHA Quick Guide to Electric Forklifts

posted on: Tuesday March 15, 2016

OSHA Quick Guide to Electric Forklifts: Part 1 If you’re considering electric forklifts for your warehouse or facility, know what your responsibilities are. OSHA Quick Guide to Electric Forklifts: Part 2 More about what you need to know if you’re adding electric lift trucks to your warehouse or facility. OSHA Quick Guide to Electric Forklifts:… Read more

OSHA Quick Guide to Electric Forklifts: Part 3

posted on: Tuesday March 15, 2016

Understand the dangers of battery acid and the steps to take should an employee come in contact with it. In parts one and two, we focused on the OSHA guidelines for electric forklift battery maintenance and charging. Electric forklifts are more energy efficient and leave less of a carbon footprint, making them attractive substitutes to the… Read more

OSHA Quick Guide to Electric Forklifts: Part 2

posted on: Tuesday March 15, 2016

More about what you need to know if you’re adding electric lift trucks to your warehouse or facility. It is important to understand the OSHA requirements, guidelines, and recommendations to using forklifts. Many warehouses are opting for electric over internal combustion forklifts because of their benefits to the environment. These, too, have many guidelines to… Read more

OSHA Quick Guide to Electric Forklifts: Part 1

posted on: Tuesday March 15, 2016

If you’re considering electric forklifts for your warehouse or facility, know what your responsibilities are. Electric-powered forklifts are popular alternatives to internal combustion forklifts in warehouses. They are quiet and non-polluting, but they do still pose significant hazards. The OSHA guidelines on both kinds of forklifts are lengthy, but valuable. If you’re considering electric forklifts… Read more

Illinois Manufacturers Unite – Tackling Issues and Boosting Industry

posted on: Thursday March 3, 2016

When you talk about manufacturers, you cover a massive range of products, companies, and jobs. Despite the variety, they are united by their similar industry challenges. Solving these issues and establishing the industry as a valuable economic sector is what brought together the manufacturers of central Illinois. In early 2015, regional manufacturers of everything from… Read more

Problems with Pushing/Pulling Limits Using a Pallet Jack

posted on: Thursday March 3, 2016

Pallet jacks are commonly used in manual material handling, and almost as often, operators run into frustrating, if not dangerous, challenges working with them. Unfortunately, even when employees attempt to use them safely, coworkers and bosses can create problems by overloading and leaving the operator to handle too big a load alone. We found an… Read more