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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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This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on sustainability and its progression in the supply chain. Consumers are becoming more interested in making environmentally friendly decisions when it comes to their buying habits and the brands to which they are loyal. Studies have found anywhere from 80-85% of consumers are more likely to buy from a company with a reputation for sustainability than from a neutral company, if their prices are equal.

Leading firms are tapping into this mindset by building more sustainability, and transparency, into their supply chains. They know that more sustainable operations will drive long-term brand loyalty and competitive advantage while having bottom line impacts on efficiency and profitability.

This issue of MHI Solutions will help provide you with the information and resources you need to address sustainability across your supply chain to improve your overall business performance.

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