Maintenance

  • Winter Productivity: Improving Inventory Systems

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    It is already midway through the Q2 of the 2014 fiscal year and businesses are starting to feel the stifling effects of the winter season. While some industries are thriving under these circumstances, most businesses are stalling their production and operations due to severe working conditions. A good strategy for companies to stay productive during this season is to strengthen their Inventory Management to keep supplies intact Read More

  • Equipment, Workers or Walls: A No-Win Dilemma?

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    Damaged property or an injured employee, which risk are you more willing to take? High-traffic warehouses sometimes get thrown into this no-win trade-off for many reasons—cost cutting, lack of training, slack safety regulations, etc. All are wrong reasons to sacrifice one important asset over the other. And although some common incidents—like a forklift crashing into a wall, a freight trolley bumping into a column, and a worker hitting Read More

  • The Essential Lock Box Guide

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    A lock box is a pretty common term in the real-estate business, as well as in the banking industry. However, it also means something to those in industrial and manufacturing: safety. These items, when used with a proper lockout system, act as a fail-safe device that will ensure no machines are activated while maintenance is Read More

  • Oil Rig Fatality Rates Lead to Improved Technology

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    An oil rig somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, 11 workers were killed in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which also sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Following this disastrous event, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to determine how dangerous offshore drilling Read More

  • Ultra-Stick: The Next Evolution in Labels

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    Labels are the unsung heroes of the business world. They make everything from inventory checks to easy item identification possible at a glance. They also keep people safe from harm by marking particularly dangerous devices and can even provide information on when the item was last serviced.  What’s not to love about them, right? Well, as anyone who’s had to do Read More

  • Maintenance and Personal Safety Protocols To Follow

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    Every job has its risks. It is a given that accidents can occur in the workplace. In 2011, a total of 4,609 people in the United States died while they were on the job.  Many of these deaths were caused, directly or indirectly, by improper or insufficient workplace equipment and facilities. And these deficiencies are often a result of poor housekeeping and/or Read More

  • The Hidden Hazard: Slips, Trips, and Falls

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    Slips, trips, and falls don’t seem like a big issue. Someone trips, scrapes a knee or falls on their behind and it’s nothing to worry about, right? Well, unfortunately that is not the case. These accidents are actually responsible for 8.9 million visits to the hospital or doctor’s office annually.  It also causes 15% of all accidental deaths and 25% of reported claims in a fiscal year. These statistics Read More

  • Stay compliant with OSHA's forklift regulation

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    The final entry in our series about the top 10 OSHA violations of 2012 is all about the sixth most cited regulation: powered industrial trucks, or more commonly known as forklifts. According to OSHA, Forklift overturns are the leading cause of fatalities involving forklifts. These numbers represent roughly 25% of all forklift-related deaths. OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.178 seeks Read More

  • What you need for compliance with LOTO and electrical regulations

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    A whopping 40% of the top 10 OSHA violations of last year involved lockout tagout and electrical regulations. They were: 5. Control of hazardous energy (29 CFR 1910.147) 7. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment (29 CFR 1910.305) 9. Machines, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) 10.  Electrical systems design (29 CFR 1910.303) These regulations are complex and involve many steps; however they are incredibly vital to creating a safe work environment Read More

  • What you need to comply with ladder regulations

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    Let’s take a minute to jump to a regulation near the bottom of the list, but just as important. The eighth most cited OSHA regulation of 2012 involved ladder violations. Ladders can be invaluable pieces of equipment. They allow workers to gain access to difficult-to-reach-areas and can make performing a maintenance job easier. However, they also carry a certain amount of danger. Workers can fall and Read More

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