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Making Good Resolutions for Your Distribution Center in 2019

Making New Year’s resolutions is something we all do, or joke about, or both. But regardless of which category you think you belong in, there’s no question that the New Year is a good time to re-examine how you do things and implement improvements in the workplace.  But where do you start? Every year, the list of “we should…” is a long one, but here are a few ideas that we think are a good place to start:

Topics: Safety Process Improvement Planning

Why Ergonomics is the Best ROI Strategy

In the manufacturing world, there is a constant pressure to innovate and improve operations. While most of the time that is related to improving the bottom line and allowing companies to achieve greater success, there is one aspect of the industry that has to improve for both cost efficiency and worker safety.

Topics: Warehouse Management Safety

Top 10 Health and Safety Issues in the Warehouse

While there are a lot of jobs that put you in danger and make it difficult for you to do your job without risking your life in one way or another, working in a warehouse can be an incredibly dangerous job and many people don’t even realize it.

While some of the reasons might be obvious, there are some health and safety issues that might surprise you. The following are the top 10 health and safety hazards that you will find in most warehouses around the world.

Topics: Warehouse Management Safety

How to Avoid Developing Back Pain at Work

One of the biggest contributors to back pain in adults is the workplace. We expect work to be difficult, to challenge us and to be rewarding, but all of that hard work can end up in a lifetime of pain. Treating back pain caused in the workplace starts with understanding why this pain may develop. When you understand the causes of your pain, you can create a plan for treating it.

Topics: Safety

Top Three Ergonomic Tips to Save You on Warehouse Worker Injury Losses

Improving the productivity and safety of your warehouse through ergonomics

While OSHA requires the training and means for employees to maintain ergonomic safety, the controversy surrounding OSHA's development of ergonomics standards and guidelines unveiled in 2002, gave ergonomics a bad name.

Poorly understood, warehouses sometimes define ergonomics as a black hole into which they pour money. Good ergonomics, however, can prevent injuries in the first place, and can facilitate return to work after an injury. The point of ergonomics in the warehouse is to minimize bending and reaching. Doing so reduces the risk of back injuries, while improving pick rates.

In 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. warehousing and storage industry reported a total recordable rate of 5.2 injuries per 100 full-time workers. Serious injuries - those involving days away from work, job restriction or transfer - occurred at a rate of 3.7 injuries per 100 workers. Musculoskeletal injuries occurred twice as frequently in the warehousing and storage industry as in general private industry. Additionally, in 2012, injuries in exposure categories such as falls, slips and trips and overexertion (including overexertion in lifting or lowering) were higher in the warehousing and storage industry than in general private industry. Incidences of strains, sprains and tears in the warehousing and storage industry were 80 per 10,000 full time workers.

Topics: Safety