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Edge Protection: Keeping Your Facility Safe

Racks, mezzanines, staircases, walkways and storage shelves in material handling facilities have edges. Preventing people, boxes, pallets, tools, materials and packaging from falling off these edges onto the floor below is edge protection’s goal.

Mezzanines maximize facilities’ cubic space. Falls of people and objects are a concern in these elevated work areas with the risk of harm extending to people on the floor underneath. Fixed guardrails often are installed around mezzanine perimeters, but guardrail openings are commonly required so employees can load and unload palletized material via lift truck, said Aaron Conway of MHI member Mezzanine Safeti-Gates, Inc. That involves repetitive motions like lifting heavy, cumbersome items, so unguarded edges can lead to falls.

“With a safety device in place, especially one that is permanent and does not require an often-tired employee to think about taking an additional step to make an area safe, the mezzanine edge is protected,” Conway said.

By Jean Feingold

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According to the recently released 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Overcoming Barriers to NextGen Supply Chain Adoption,” eight out of ten survey respondents believe these supply chains will be the predominant model within just five years. However, the report found that the adoption of some of these technologies was slower than originally reported when MHI started the annual report in 2014. The report cites three top barriers to adoption of these technologies: 1. Making the business case for NextGen supply chain investments. 2. Tackling the supply chain skills gap and workforce shortage. 3. Building trust and security in digital, always-on supply chains. This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the adoption of these digital solutions, from best practices in robotics and artificial intelligence to blockchain and innovations in last mile delivery.

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