July is the National Recreation and Park Association’s Park and Recreation Month, and while this year’s theme — We Are Parks and Recreation — celebrates the professionals who allow visitors to enjoy local parks, it’s also a great time to focus on safety
As every warehouse manager knows, cable management is a critical consideration in the forklift battery room. Charger cables can present hazards for vehicles and foot traffic — and vehicles can easily damage cables, reducing the lifespan of expensive equipment. Without cable management, charger cables will be bent, kinked, and pinched more often than necessary. By keeping the cables suspended when they aren’t in use, you can ensure a safer, more efficient operation.
Lift tables provide a versatile, ergonomic material handling solution. Regardless of the size of your business or the unique characteristics of your operation, you can probably benefit from an investment in these work-positioning devices. However, lift tables are available with numerous options and designs that fundamentally affect their functionality. If you’re considering this purchase, you’ll certainly want to determine which type of scissor lift is most appropriate for your application.
To safely operate a lift truck fleet, you need battery transfer equipment. Nevermind that OSHA explicitly recommends using appropriate equipment to lift and transport forklift batteries; the right transfer equipment is an essential investment for maximizing fleet efficiency, particularly for operations with limited fleets.
Cart tippers are known by a variety of names — on this site, we’ve referred to them as Bin Dumpers, trash can dumpers, and garbage can dumpers, among others — but whatever you call them, they’re an essential tool for improving ergonomics. By simplifying certain material handling tasks, cart tippers protect workers, improve efficiency, and extend product lifespans. Nevertheless, outside of a few industries, these tools are frequently overlooked.
Most of the waste equipment that processes materials at MRFs and sorting facilities is more or less permanent. Compactors, balers, shredders, conveyors, ballistic separators, optical sorters: The entire processing line must be fixed in place.
Most logistics professionals have some familiarity with Gaylord boxes, a type of cardboard box designed for cross-country shipping. They’re sturdy, inexpensive, and versatile, and while they have some disadvantages — they’re not intended for shipping extremely heavy products, and typically, they can only be used once before being recycled — they’re a mainstay of the industry.
Every year, the Solid Waste Association of North America hosts SWANApalooza, an epic “technical conference” (read: trade show) that puts waste-handling technology at center stage. Materials management professionals from around the world will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, between March 23 and 26 for SWANApalooza 2020 to practice just what the show’s theme suggests: “Connecting Our Resources.”
Warehouse operators who specialize in full pallet in/full pallet out workflows avoid some of the OSHA violations that tend to trouble traditional distribution centers. The risks simply aren’t the same as in a traditional warehouse.
Personal protective equipment varies from task to task, but forklift battery PPE should remain standardized across facilities. That’s because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides clear rules on the protective equipment that anyone working in the battery room should wear.