Safety

SAFER HANDLING: AS/RS—Safety and Ease of Use in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems

* By Jean Feingold * Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) combine equipment and controls to handle, store and retrieve materials as needed with precision, accuracy and speed using a defined degree of automation. Systems can range from relatively simple manually controlled systems operating in small storage structures to larger, computer-controlled storage/retrieval systems totally integrated into a manufacturing and distribution ...

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SAFER HANDLING: Building a Safer Loading Dock

Building a Safer Loading Dock * By Jean Feingold * Raw materials, goods and finished products enter and exit manufacturing and warehouse facilities through loading docks. Since materials, transfer and transport vehicles and people are moving around regularly, making loading docks safer is important. The goal is to prevent injury to workers while avoiding damage to products and the building. ...

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SAFER HANDLING: Hoist Inspection Guidelines

Hoist Inspection Guidelines Overhead hoists are used in manufacturing and warehousing facilities to lift, lower, handle and move loads. For safe operation, regular hoist inspections are critical. * By Jean Feingold * Overhead hoists are used in manufacturing and warehousing facilities to lift, lower, handle and move loads. For safe operation, regular hoist inspections are critical. Unfortunately, some companies wait ...

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SAFER HANDLING: AGV Systems

How AGV Systems Improve Safety at Material Handling Facilities * By Jean Feingold * An automatic guided vehicle (AGV) system consists of one or more computer controlled wheel-based load carriers. Typically battery powered, these systems operate on plant or warehouse floors or on paved areas outdoors without onboard human operators. Navigating using pre-defined paths, AGVs provide automated material movement, which ...

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SAFER HANDLING: Combining Multiple Equipment Types for Improved Ergonomics

* By Jean Feingold * In the current tight labor market, facilities are seeking ways to streamline manual material handling (MMH) to increase productivity, reduce turnover and decrease injuries by adding equipment designed to improve ergonomics. To select the right equipment, it is necessary to view tasks holistically, examining the full series of movements needed to get the job done. ...

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SAFER HANDLING: Is Your Ergonomics Program Good Enough?

“Manual material handling (MMH) continues to be the number one reason for workers compensation claims and lost time injuries,” noted Jim Galante, chairman of MHI’s Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE) Industry Group and director of business development for MHI member Southworth Products Corp. “The majority of these claims are lower and upper back related, which are the most expensive ...

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SAFER HANDLING: OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Standard Allows for Some Flexibility in Compliance

* By Jean Feingold * In the fall of 2016, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) passed a new walking-working surfaces standard for general industry (29 CFR 1910 Subpart D) which includes significant changes to fall protection requirements. Most sections of the new rule took effect on January 17, 2017. Although OHSA started working on revisions to this ...

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MODEX 2018

Futureproof your business at MODEX 2018, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, April 9-12. Includes all the details you need to start mapping out your trip, and then some. Check out the list of exhibitors, the keynotes and some of the leading presenters, in addition to a full listing of the education sessions planned at MODEX 2018. Read More…

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SAFER HANDLING: Ergonomic Industrial Cart and Caster Solutions

When large amounts of materials must be moved within a facility, using industrial carts with casters is the preferred and ergonomically sound solution. By Jean Feingold— An industrial cart with casters is the right choice “in any situation where an operator needs to push/pull light to heavy loads of material or manually pick material where ergonomic stress points are susceptible ...

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