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Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

The Challenge of the Aging Workforce

I am a big fan of CBS Sunday Morning. I finally watched the episode that aired a couple of weeks ago and that program contained a really interesting story about BMW. They have recognized that their workforce is aging and that they may need to make some changes to accommodate older workers. By 2020 16% of the population will be over 65 years of age, so this is a problem common to all US … [Read more...]

Work Positioning Can Be A Big Challenge

Work positioningWork positioning is a big challenge for many industrial manufacturers. I have seen countless tool and die makers hunched over worktables that are just too low. Often, the size of the piece makes it very difficult to work with even if the height is adjustable. Many assemblers of bigger items, such as lawn mowers also have problems reaching the entire assembly. These poor postures … [Read more...]

Keeping Insects out of Warehouses and Factories

I have been working on some dock issues this week. The biggest problem is for a customer that is having a problem with flies in their warehouse.Insects in a building can be more than just a nuisance. This customer said they were inundated with insects from a nearby operation and the people working in the warehouse spent most of the week swatting flies: not very productive. Other insects, such as … [Read more...]

Back-Belts are NOT Created Equal

The use of back belts in industrial settings is very controversial. Many companies have tried them and found that they either didn't help at all, or possibly they made the situation worse. Traditional back belts just squeeze you into an existing poor posture.There is one product on the market that is truly different. While most back belts are just "girdles", the Back-A-Line belt has a … [Read more...]

Solving Drum-Handling Hazards

We received a product bulletin today from Valley Craft concerning their new power Drive Drum Handling equipment and I though it would be a good subject for the blog.  Handling drums is a major problem for many companies. Drums are big, heavy and often full of some kind of chemicals that should not be spilled. I have worked on numerous drum-handling projects over the years, often after an injury … [Read more...]

Should you use Wire Decks in your Pallet Rack?

I had a call from a customer today with questions about wire decking.  There are a number of reasons to use decking in pallet rack installations.  First, there are National Fire Codes which severely limit the use of wood in racking.  Solid decks will not allow the water from fire sprinklers, or fire hoses to flow down th the floor level, the most likely location for a fire.  Wood also outgasses … [Read more...]

More on Investing in Ergonomic Mats

   I actually got some positive feedback for my blog! I had written a blog about the importance of good ergonomic matting and I am going to add a bit more evidence. In the last year, one customer has added 1368 square feet of matting to their building. The cost for these mats has been $9,300. This investment has cost the company less than half of the projected cost of a back injury! One … [Read more...]