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Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

When should you ask for advice from a Material Handling Expert?

Material Handling equipment can be complicated, and we believe that you should get professional advice for any of the following:

  1. Any applications that involve load-bearing. If you need pallet racking, shelving or lift solutions, then it is critical to be assured that the product you select will handle the weight of the products that you are storing or lifting. Capacities on racking vary widely and relate directly to the distance between beam levels. It is not adequate to just buy a 24,000 lb. upright! Loading overweight pallets on storage racking can lead to a disaster. Picking a lift that is adequate for the loads is critical so that there is no chance of a dropped load. There are several factors to examine including the frequency of use and the plant conditions.
  2. Your dock is one of the most hazardous areas of your operation. Selecting dock equipment properly will eliminate possible failure during critical transfers into and out of trucks. Using dock levelers or boards that are the correct capacity is a very important component of improving dock safety.
  3. Projects that involve preventing injuries require some assistance. Often, we talk to companies that have a process where injuries are happening. If there are musculoskeletal injuries, they often will bring in an Ergonomist to measure the forces and identify the motions causing the injuries. However, that does not necessarily lead to a solution. Getting specific advice from an experienced specialist in Industrial Ergonomics is very worthwhile.
  4. Many projects require the products to meet the best and current standards from a variety of governing entities. Do you need to meet building codes? Should your safety rails meet OSHA or IBC? What standards does the product meet, and will it conform to your local requirements?
    Many codes are difficult to navigate and understand. Some geographies use a standard code with local modifications.

A Material Handling expert can assist you in selecting a product that is the best value. It is tempting to just order something online and ship it in. Our experience says that many of these transactions have a high dissatisfaction rating from the customer due to poor quality, lack of longevity or freight damage. A simple example is ordering wheel chocks. No, they don’t cost very much, but there is a big variety of quality and ability to last under extreme conditions. We have found that chocks made from laminated layers of rubber will last for years and probably won’t cost any more than the ones you pick out from a catalog. It’s worth an e-mail or a quick phone call to get the best value product for your investment.