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Material Storage and Handling for Bagged and Bundled Components

Working with bagged or bundled components requires unique precautions to protect against injuries. Shifting weight and awkward dimensions are two of the many tricky variables associated with these materials. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a helpful publication that addresses many of the common pitfalls of material handling. From a thorough reading of this document, we can recommend a number of steps to follow when handling bagged or bundled materials. Moving Bagged or Bundled Components With a Forklift Always keep the load centered on the forks as close to the mast as possible. This minimizes both the chance of the load falling off and the forklift tipping. Cross-tier stacked loads to promote stability. Do not add weight to the…more

Safe Material Handling and Storage for Marble, Granite, and Stone Slabs

Construction materials are often heavy and irregularly shaped, leading to considerable material handling challenges. In any facility that houses building materials, though, slabs of marble, granite, and stone may be the toughest items to store and transport. These unique materials require specialized equipment and proper training to keep staff safe. Luckily, experts at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have put together a comprehensive Safety and Health Information Bulletin that addresses this issue head-on. Here are the most important takeaways from that publication, along with a few other tips we’ve learned along the way: Choose Storage Racks That Are Designed for Heavy Sheet Materials Perhaps the most dangerous thing about stone building materials is that they’re incredibly heavy. Larger units…more

Improve Material Storage Safety in Industrial Settings

“Material storage” is a simple term for a pretty complex topic. If all the materials that workers in factories, warehouses, and construction sites use fit onto pallets, everything would be much simpler. Here in the real world, though, industrial staff have to learn how to handle and store cylinders, drums, heavy bags, bundles, tubes, and just about any other configuration of matter you can think of. Handling these materials is hard enough. Storing them comes with a whole new set of challenges. Luckily, experts have studied the issue of storing materials that can’t be simply built onto a pallet. Here are a few tips from OSHA and other material handling specialists about how to improve safety while storing common industrial…more

How Ergonomic Material Handling Increases Productivity

To improve productivity in material handling applications, make the job easier for your staff. That statement might sound overly simple, or even counterintuitive. In fact, safety and efficiency are closely linked in the material handling world. Sure, there was a time when safety and efficiency were placed on opposite ends of an imaginary spectrum — but the explosion of ergonomics research over the past half-century has proven that model false. In fact, by implementing key ergonomic improvements that protect workers, industrial facilities can achieve leaner, more productive operations every time. The central goal of ergonomics helps to explain this dynamic. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes ergonomics as “the science of designing the job to fit the worker, rather…more

TT-971: Wash Cabinet Timer Settings

Models Affected: BWC-2 and BWC-3 The BWC control box, depending on model and options, can contain up to three timer relays. All three are set from the factory but can be adjusted, if necessary, by simply turning the dial to the desired setting. Description: The door delay timer, available on the BWC-2 only, delays both the door opening and the start of blow-off cycle once the wash cycle has completed. This allows the battery to drain inside the cabinet before being transferred to the rack, minimizing the amount of excess water draining from the battery onto the floor, extractor, and battery stands. The door delay is set at 2 minutes from the factory. The neutralization cycle timer, available on units…more

BHS, Inc., Unveils Material Handling Solutions for Pallets, Barrels, and Drums

June 13, 2017 – St. Louis, MO — BHS, Inc. a leading manufacturer of custom material handling for warehouses and forklift battery handling operations, has released two new products designed to simplify specialty material handling for industrial applications. Both new offerings — the Pallet Carousel & Skid Positioner and the Drum Tilter Tabletop attachment for BHS Tilt Tables — provide valuable ergonomic benefits for specific workplace tasks. They prevent musculoskeletal injuries associated with manual lifting and repetitive motion. At the same time, they improve efficiency and overall operation productivity. “Our engineers study warehouse conditions and provide solutions wherever they see hazards or inefficiency, or both,” said Katy Cortinovis, Marketing Manager at BHS. “That’s what led to the development of the…more

Industrial Racks for Landscaping Materials: The Ergonomic Benefits

Landscaping is a growing field, and that’s not just a grass pun. In 2016, the IBIS World Market Report listed an annual growth of 3.9 percent for the landscape services industry. Landscaping already employed nearly 1 million people in the U.S. that year; it wouldn’t be surprising if we surpassed the 1 million mark in 2017. That’s a lot of people to teach about proper material handling techniques. You can’t automate the building of a retaining wall, so manual material handling is just part of the landscaping job for the foreseeable future. If we’re not careful about education, a lot of people may end up with strains, sprains, and bad backs this summer. It may seem strange, but one of…more