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How To Decide Which Job Is Right For You

 

Make a side by side comparison.  Make a laundry list of what each job brings, both good and bad. You need to compare apples to apples—evaluate everything.  For each job, write down what you know about each of the following factors as applicable:

Different Types Of Forklifts, Their Respective Uses, and Features

Guest Blogger:  Sarah Jasmine B of https://costfigures.com/

It is not a surprise how useful forklifts are in different types of industries. The evolution of forklifts, ever since its inception in 1923, has been astounding, to say the very least. Nowadays, a flexible range of forklift designs are being used to an extent that there are even driverless robotic forklifts available.

10 Reasons Many Beginning Freight Brokers Fail

The freight brokerage industry has been steadily growing for the past several years, and with the influx of new technology and business management tools, thesector is poised for additional growth over the next decade. Many individuals with acumen in the transportation and logistics arena are drawn to freight brokering because of the low barriers to entry into the market, the relatively small start-up costs, and the increased need for their services among suppliers and carriers. However, not all new freight brokers are successful out of the gate. The reasons startup freight brokers fail are numerous, but the top ten listed below offer some insight into what beginners can avoid in embarking on a new brokerage business.

Important Trends Brokers and Carriers Need to Watch in 2018 and Beyond

As the world moves to a more connected environment each day, the transportation industry has been forced to evolve along with it. Shippers and carriers, suppliers, and the intermediaries who coordinate between them have seen exponential growth over the last several years. The trends for 2018 and the years ahead look promising for licensed freight brokers and the customers they serve, but there are several areas of change of which they must be aware. Below are the most prominent changes coming to the freight and transportation industry this year.

Topics: 3PL Freight Brokers

Benefits of Working The Night Shift

Smoother, quicker, and less stressful commute

Topics: Forklift

Do You Want to Boost Engagement and Productivity?

A growing number of U.S. businesses are shifting focus from employee wellness programs to well-being initiatives — more comprehensive health and productivity programs that tackle elements such as the workforce’s emotional and mental health, social connectivity, financial education, sense of fulfillment on the job, and many other aspects.

Topics: wellness Safety

Forklift Safety

  1. Qualified Operators Only –
    • Only those employees who have been trained, authorized and licensed should operate materials handling equipment.
  2. Wear Appropriate Clothing –
    • Operators should be appropriately dressed - the correct safety equipment, including hi-visibility jacket, safety shoes and hard-hats (where appropriate) should always be worn. 
    • Remember loose clothing can become caught on the truck or may interfere with controls.
  3. Equipment Inspection –
    • Materials handling equipment should always be thoroughly inspected and daily checks made before starting work with the shift supervisor being informed if any problems are identified. 
    • Equipment which requires repair should never be operated and repairs and maintenance only carried out by qualified technicians.
  4. Start Your Day Right –
    • Never operate materials handling equipment with wet or greasy hands or shoes as they could slide off the controls and cause an accident.
    • Always use the steps and hand grabs provided to get on and off the equipment. (3point contact)
    • Before commencing work ensure that a comfortable operating position is found and all controls are within easy reach. The armrest, seat position and mirrors should be correctly adjusted and the safety belt should always be fastened. 
    • Never operate a lift truck unless you are in the operator's seat and keep arms, legs and head inside the confines of the truck at all times. 
  5. Hazard Avoidance –
    • Avoid bumps, holes, loose materials and use extra caution when the floor is slippery. 
    • Do not drive over objects such as pieces of wood scattered on the ground as doing this could cause the load to move or control of equipment could be lost. 
    • Reduce the speed of equipment and use the horn when in the proximity of corners, exits, entrances, stairways, doors, pedestrian walkways and in the vicinity of other employees.
  6. Load Stability –
    • Handle loads carefully and check them closely for stability and balance before raising, lowering or moving off. Falling loads can cause injury and damage.
    • Travel with the load tilted back and the forks as low as possible as this will increase the stability of the equipment being operated. 
    • Never travel with the forks raised high above the floor or turn with the forks in an elevated position or tilted forward. 
    • Look out for overhead obstructions when lifting, lowering or stacking loads. 
    • Be alert to the possibility of falling loads when stacking.
  7. Maintain Good Visibility –
    • Carrying a load close to the floor provides good forward visibility. 
    • Operate equipment in reverse when the load restricts visibility, except when moving up ramps. 
    • Ensure that there is a good view of the rack or the top of a stack when positioning a load. 
    • When reversing ensure the forks are tilted back completely and confirm that the load is safely secured before moving off. 
    • If visibility remains obstructed always stop and confirm it is safe to proceed.
  8. Correct Equipment Use –
    • Do not let other people ride on the equipment unless a second seat is fitted. Fork lift trucks for example are designed to carry loads, not people.
    • Do not use forklift trucks to lift people. If a person has to be lifted, use only a securely attached work platform and cage and follow the appropriate operating instructions.
  9. Refueling –
    • Equipment should only be recharged or refuelled at specially designated locations.
    • Always switch off equipment while being recharged or refuelled. 
    • Refueling of engine powered trucks should take place in a well-ventilated, spark and flame free area.
  10. End of Shift –
    • Always park equipment in the designated or authorized area.
    • Fully lower forks to the floor and apply the park brake. 
    • Turn the equipment "off" and remove the key. 

 

Topics: warehouse Safety Forklift

How 3PL's Can Help Find Capacity

Original Article from Inbound Logistics March 28, 2018

Topics: 3PL WHAT IF logistics WHAT IF Freight Brokers

OSHA's Top 10 Cited Safety Hazards

At the end of September, OSHA announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2017 at the NSC Congress & Expo. The final report is published in the December edition of the NSC's Safety+Health magazine.

Topics: Safety

Great Lakes Seaway - Why Ship?

Why Ship VIA Great Lakes Seaway?

Topics: Port 3PL