Feature Articles and Downloads
Ebola, Influenza and Productivity – What the recent Ebola outbreak has taught us about preparedness, how that relates to the upcoming flu season, and what you can do to limit an outbreak and maintain productivity. Whether it’s your accounting department or materials handling operators, you need to see the effect the flu has on American businesses every year.
Questions to Ask Before Your Next Forklift Purchase – It is easy to fall into the same pattern of getting quotes on the equipment we’re placing, comparing vendors, equipment and pricing, then making a decision about acquisition methods. But there are additional, in-depth questions you can ask yourself that could yield a much different and better outcome for your business.
Fork and Chain Inspections – Worn forks and chains can dramatically reduce the safe lifting capacity of your forklift. Knowing what to look for and how to find it can keep your operators and employees safe and free from injury.
Who signed OSHA, Why and What are the Outcomes – In 1972, the Occupational Health and Safety Act created OSHA as we know it today. This month, we take a look at who approved the act, why, and what has transpired in the more than four decades that the agency has been in operation.
The “Not So Obvious” Costs of Forklift Ownership – When you are purchasing a piece of equipment is being purchased, you obtain competitive quotes, verify specifications and generate a purchase order. For that matter, just about anything we purchase goes through the same process. However, there is much more to purchasing forklifts and other equipment.
4 Things that will Improve Dock Safety – Docks are very busy places and represent a significant risk for an accident or incident, particularly when during busy seasons. There are some things you can do to reduce this risk and demonstrate the intention of creating a safe work environment for the employees that operate on or around your docks.
Keeping Your Money in Your Warehouse this Winter – Cold Winter months are upon us. There are things you can do to retain heat and profits. Read what they are in this Feature Article.
Four Decades of OSHA: See the Results – 40 years ago OSHA was founded. Their goal was to make the workplace safer by setting standards that all companies must abide by. Fast forward to 2013 and see the results this dynamic agency has had on worker safety.
Forklift Pre-Shift Inspections: a Practical Guide – Daily Pre-Shift inspections are a requirement by OSHA to ensure the lift truck that is about to haul around thousands of pounds, is safe to do so. In addition to compliance, catching small service issues before they blossom into giant repair or incident headaches is a protection to your bottom line.
4 Major Benefits of Conducting Forklift Operator Training – There is a distinct difference between teaching someone something, like safe forklift operation, and truly training them how to perform the function safely and efficiently. We have addressed this topic in our previously published “Safety Training vs. Teaching: Knowing the Differences.” A robust, comprehensive and ongoing safety training program for your forklift operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances your operation. In this article we will address four of the major benefits of formalizing your forklift operator training program.
Keeping Your Cool; a Guide to an Efficient Forklift Cooling System – Heat is an enemy to your bottom line. Whether it’s en employee that can’t keep his cool, a plant that’s too hot, or even a forklilft that’s operating above normal recommended temperatures, they all can cost you money and eat away at your bottom line. This month’s Feature Article highlights the “what you need to know” and “why” of your forklift’s cooling system.
Four Essentials of a Safe, Productive Forklift Fleet – There are plenty of simple, small things you can do to improve forklift safety in your facility. These include keeping the floor clean, installing mirrors at the ends of your aisles and prominently displaying safety posters. We have identified five best practices within companies that take forklift safety to the next level.
Three Major Take-Aways from ProMat 2013 – Many feel that the success of ProMat, the largest show of its kind, reflects the “global pulse” of the world’s economy and in particular, materials handling. If the atmosphere and attendance at the show is an indicator, the global mood is positive and upbeat. There were hundreds of booths and thousands of products but the panel discussions and keynote speakers provided three major take-aways from this year’s meeting.
5 Things that Will Lower Your Materials Handling Costs – Reducing your costs means increasing your profits—and increasing your profits has never been more challenging than in recent years. Our experience with hundreds of various types of operations, utilizing hundreds of pieces of equipment in more than a thousand ways, has exposed us to thousands of variations in facilities, equipment, and applications. In working with these diverse clients, we have recognized commonalities that, when implemented, resulted in lower total operating costs for materials handling most of the time. Following are five that we highly recommend.
Electric vs. Internal Combustion Forklifts; The Advantages of Going Green – Electric forklifts emit nearly zero emissions, they cost less to operate and are much more comfortable to drive. The major holdbacks have been power and runtime, but that is changing. Find out more about the benefits of “Going Green” then give us a call for more information about electric lift trucks that just could replace your IC units, yes, including outdoor usage!
Optimize Your Warehouse by Fighting the Space Invaders – What are the things that are taking up valuable warehouse space, and what can you do to avoid or get rid of them?
10 Things You Need to Know About Planned Maintenance – Like an annual trip to your local physician for a check-up, a well thought out Planned Maintenance agreement with a qualified and reputable service company can dramatically increase the longevity of your equipment as well as significantly reduce your operating costs.
Pre-Shift Forklift Inspection Guide – Pre-shift inspections are not only required by OSHA, they have proven to lower overall lift truck fleet costs and produce a safer and more productive environment for your operators. This guide will detail what to inspection and how to inspect it to ensure a thorough inspection.
5 Things That Will Lower Your Materials Handling Costs – We have seen all kinds of equipment, warehouse, process configurations. But regardless of your materials handling configuration, there are some universal things we recommend you do that will have a direct impact on your total materials handling costs.
Site-Specific Training: Six Things You Need to Consider – Most companies have some sort of forklift operator training program, but we often find that Site-Specific Training (required by OSHA) is not part of the training. This Feature Article discusses in brief, six things you need to consider when implementing site-specific forklift operator training.
Operator Safety Training vs. Teaching – There are vast differences in teaching forklift operators safe forklift operation and truly training them. This Feature Article highlights the learning process and gives you ideas about what you can do to reinforce your program to ensure actual training is taking place.
Pedestrian Safety; 16 Things You Need to Consider – We train forklift operators on a regular basis, and hopefully your forklift operators are trained properly. But what about pedestrians working and visiting your facility? Do they know the potential dangers of forklifts and how to behave around them to minimize the potential for an accident? Our Feature Article highlights what you can do to improve pedestrian safety within your facility.
What You Need to Consider When Purchasing a Used Forklift – The used forklift market is very active. Knowing the things you need to consider when purchasing a used forklift can mean a significant difference to your bottom line. This Feature Article gives you 10 things to consider before you purchase that used forklift.