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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

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

ELD Mandate Are You Ready?

Your ELD Mandate 101

After a long wait, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device rule — or ELD mandate – in December 2015.
What is it exactly? And, what does it mean for commercial motor carriers and truck drivers?

Topics: Safety

Winter Driving Tips

Winter is fast approaching.  Don’t get caught off guard when the white stuff starts to fly and the temperatures drop to freezing.  The time between fall and winter can be short and happen in the blink of an eye.  Below are 4 tips to help keep you prepared for winter driving.

Topics: Safety

Halloween Safety On and Off the Road

 

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house.

But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.

Topics: Safety

Does Your Mind Wander When Driving

Have you ever been driving home from work, and when you arrive you think "wow" I don't remember that drive at all.  Unfortunately mind wandering is common for many drivers while on the road and the results can be tragic.  The below is an article from Fleet Owner.

Topics: Safety

Skid Pad Training

Recently, two of our employees were asked to participate in a Skid Pad Training Course offered by Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin through our insurance partner HNI.

Topics: Safety

Safety Tips for 4th of July Driving

The truck drivers of America’s Road Team are asking motorists to help keep roads safe over the Fourth of July holiday weekend by driving carefully and sober. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that nearly 41 million people will take to the roads over the holiday. 

America's Road Team offers tips for staying safe, and being prepared.

  • Know your route in advance - Many accidents are caused by distracted and indecisive drivers. Having your road trip planned in advance prevents potential confusion while driving.
  • Don't be distracted - Put your cell phones and other digital devices in the glove compartment so you won’t be tempted to use them.
  • Pay attention to large trucks - They also have large blind spots. The rule of thumb is: if you can’t see the truck driver in their side-view mirrors, they can’t see you. Big rigs also take a lot longer to stop than a passenger car, so never cut in front of a truck.
  • Always wear your seat belt - It may seem like the most basic rule when you get into a car, but wearing a seat buckle can save your life in a car crash in many cases. Every time, without exception, you should buckle up when you are in a moving vehicle.
  • Go with the flow of traffic - Chances of a crash nearly triples when driving faster than surrounding traffic.
  • Do not drink and drive - Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of road accidents in the U.S.  In a large portion of accidents around the Fourth of July weekend, alcohol was a factor. To avoid putting yourself and others at risk, don't drive after you've had a few drinks. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, be sure to have a designated sober driver who will take you home, or find another method of transportation such as a taxi or public transit.

 

Topics: Safety

Would You Know What To Do - Heat Illnesses

Did you know your body is constantly in a struggle to disperse the heat it produces?  Most of the time, your hardly aware of it - unless your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle.

Topics: Safety