Does your Lean Strategy Eliminate Workplace Injuries?

posted on: Friday September 23, 2016

By its very nature, lean strategies of all kinds result in a safer workplace. Rather than having safety result as a byproduct of lean, however, you can flush out more opportunities for lean improvements by exploring your safety issues. While you’re examining process, flow, communication, and the waste therein, remember to take a close look… Read more

4 Tips for a Safer Warehouse

posted on: Saturday August 6, 2016

Accidents in a warehouse can have devastating consequences for the employees involved as well as the business. In this environment, many dangers are present, so accidents can unfortunately happen frequently. By looking at some of the most likely culprits, though, you can take steps to drastically reduce the likelihood of an accident in your warehouse…. Read more

Musculoskeletal Disorders Decline in Manual Material Movers: Helpful Tools

posted on: Tuesday February 23, 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports fewer musculoskeletal disorders in MMH; here is something that contributed to the improvement. In October of 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2014 Employer-Reported Workplace Injury and Illness Summary. It was good news overall: “Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 32 percent of all injury and illness… Read more

Avoid the Costliest Risks to your Manufacturing Business

posted on: Friday August 28, 2015

We’ve discussed the gruesome details before – workplace injuries cause the greatest devastation to manufacturers. The costs – monetary and otherwise – ripple out from workman’s compensation to insurance spikes to reputation. The actual cost of an injury to an employer is monumentally higher than the workers’ compensation payout. Since manufacturing is one of the… Read more

Stagehand Equipment to make Moving Easier

posted on: Tuesday April 22, 2014

Stagehands are often Jacks-of-all-trades. They may have to act as carpenters, electricians, riggers, and/or engineers. They run multiple systems during production or filming. Additionally, stagehands are usually responsible for equipment maintenance and repair. These savvy manual material handlers are the backbone of many productions including: Television Film Expos Concerts Plays Other events that needs stages… Read more

Equipment Spares Back Injuries in Hospitality Industry

posted on: Sunday April 6, 2014

In the service industry, the hospitality sector experiences the highest rate of work-related injuries. Strains, especially to the back, are amongst the most common and costly of these reported injuries. Looking at the causes of these strains and other problems, it is easy to see why the hospital industry is so at risk: Repetitive tasks… Read more

Safer Solution for Beverage Delivery Truck Drivers

posted on: Thursday April 3, 2014

Delivering beverages is extremely hard on the body. Truck driving in itself is an ergonomic disaster. Sitting for long periods of time shorten the hip flexor muscles, which in turn can cause pain and weakness in the low back. Stacking and moving heavy product is already a job that can result in injury. If the… Read more

Weigh in on OSHA’s Proposed Rule for Online Access to Injuries and Illnesses

posted on: Wednesday January 1, 2014

In an effort to increase safety, OSHA is proposing a new rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” and the manufacturing industry does not agree with it. OSHA will take its existing regulations and amend them slightly for a big change. Currently the 38,000 establishments with over 250 employees are required to submit quarterly… Read more

MMH Women Injured on the Job More than Men, and it’s Not about Muscle Power

posted on: Tuesday July 30, 2013

Knowing that, generally speaking, women are not as physically strong as men, one would guess that women in physical jobs are injured more often than men. While the statistics show this to be true, it is not necessarily a question of strength. Research shows that there are several other contributing factors to the trend that… Read more

Offsetting Occupational Handicaps: Obesity

posted on: Thursday July 11, 2013

Material Handling and Logistics (MH&L) recently posted an article titled, “How to Compensate for Obesity’s Impact on Productivity.” Obesity is a growing issue in the US, and in the warehouse, obese employees face unique challenges. MH&L cite some measurable differences in the physical capabilities of obese individuals as well as some accommodations to keep them… Read more