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

Forklift-Free: Dangers of Forklifts and Benefits of Conversion

posted on: Thursday November 29, 2012

Over 94,000 people are injured in forklift accidents every year.  If you Google “forklift accidents,” you can find several videos offering a front-row seat to what some of these accidents look like. One clip that is highlighted in all videos shows shelves full of product crashing to the ground as two forklift operators are buried… Read more

Pushing is a Pain

posted on: Friday November 16, 2012

If you’re pushing product or parts around a warehouse floor all day, you’re probably sore when you get home. If you’ve been doing the same job for years, soreness may have graduated to pain. It may be a burning pain in one of your muscles or an unexpected shooting pain as soon as you move… Read more

Revenue Required to Offset the Loss from Onsite Shoulder Injuries

posted on: Wednesday October 24, 2012

Manual material handlers are amongst three groups who report the most work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) each year. These injuries and MSDs have a significant impact on finances and morale. In a previous article, we examined the employer’s cost for the most common work-related injury – injury to the back. In this article, we… Read more

Enjoy Your Whole Life: Avoid Debilitating Injuries Accumulated Through Home Activities

posted on: Wednesday September 26, 2012

The cost of work-related injuries in the US is astounding. Businesses spend $30 billion every year on back injuries alone. The CDC, NIOSH, and OSHA have all been involved in helping improve onsite safety. This has been a significant and ongoing process. However, most Americans don’t only subject themselves to injuries at work. Activities at… Read more

An Explanation of Force and Labor Power

posted on: Sunday September 23, 2012

Many variables affect how much force is needed to move a loaded cart across a warehouse floor. In most cases, a fully loaded cart is the ideal move in an industrial environment because it is the most efficient. A fully loaded cart has fewer moves in a day than a partially loaded cart, which also… Read more

Helping Your Hardest Workers in Manual Material Handling

posted on: Friday September 21, 2012

While there are many regulations and programs that promote safe handling on the job, none of them really address the employee who works too hard. He already does everything the safest way. He knows how to lift, carry, push, and transfer objects. He is certified to use all the equipment. He begrudgingly takes the time… Read more