Safety

Safety Training

The Best Practices, Approaches and Technologies that Reduce Injury Risks  BY SARA PEARSON SPECTER “Safety first.” It’s something all supply chain organizations strive for, yet some facilities have better safety records than others. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, annual warehouse fatalities doubled—from 11 to 22—in 24 months between 2015 and 2017. Further, the warehouse injury rate is ...

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Coming Together During COVID-19

BY NICOLE NELSON During COVID-19, so many companies and people have gone the extra mile to help out where help is needed. Whether it is providing PPE, a financial donation, a fundraiser, or a random act of kindness, these people are looking out for the greater good of both the industry and the people involved in it. Financially, physically and ...

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6 Steps to a More Resilient Supply Chain

BY MARY LOU JAY The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the supply chains of many sectors, and many companies are still feeling the aftershocks. As they try to get back to normal operations, businesses are pondering what they need to do to build supply chains that are, if not quite invincible, at least more resilient. These six strategies could increase their chance ...

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Forklift Operator Training Remains Key Focus for Safety

CREDIT: DOOSAN INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE AMERICA CORP. BY SHERYL S. JACKSON When the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) launched the first national forklift safety day seven years ago to raise awareness of the importance of forklift operator training programs, the media coverage reached 20 million people, based on the circulation or audience numbers of the press outlets running articles or airing coverage. ...

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Innovative Ergonomics

BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT Having an ergonomically designed warehouse and training workers how to safely perform physical tasks can improve their wellbeing and productivity—as well as potentially minimize workers’ compensation costs. Indeed, about a third to as much as half of all workers’ comp claims are associated with manual material handling tasks, according to CNA Insurance Co. Moreover, manual material handling ...

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Psychological Safety at Work: Helping Your Employees Be Emotionally Safe

BY MARIA LEGGETT, MHI DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION Are your employees safe? They may have protective gear, complete all the required safety training, and operate in a clean work environment. Yes, they may be physically safe, but are they psychologically safe? That might sound like a soft term but consider this: Are your employees empowered to speak up when they see ...

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Connecting at the Loading Dock

CREDIT: BLUE GIANT EQUIPMENT CORP. MHI’s Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers (LODEM) Industry Group helps protect workers from potential hazards that could cause severe injuries and even deaths. Loading dock safety took “a completely different turn” in 1980 with the advent of the vehicle restraint industry and, now, all of the major manufactures in the LODEM group offer vehicle restraints, said ...

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Rack Safety, Design Pivotal in Growth of MHI’s Oldest Industry Group

The Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI), officially the oldest Industry Group in MHI, has seen its share of changes through the years—especially when it comes to rack safety and design. With 2020 being its 62nd anniversary, that equates to decades of knowledge compounded and built upon each year in order to ensure the safety of racks used in the material handling ...

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SAFER HANDLING: The Safety Benefits of Using Overhead Lifting Solutions

CREDIT: DEMAG CRANES AND COMPONENTS CORP. Members of the Crane Manu-facturers Association of America, Inc. (CMAA), the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and the Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA) have joined together to form The Overhead Alliance. Its purpose is to communicate the benefits of using overhead lifting solutions to move materials within manufacturing and wholesaling facilities. Installing these overhead lifting solutions ...

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