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May Is Electrical Safety Month: 3 Ways for Wholesalers to Participate

May 11, 2022

Every May, Electrical Safety Month raises awareness about particular safety issues related to electricity in North American homes and workplaces. But what exactly is Electrical Safety Month? More officially known as National Electrical Safety Month, this campaign is sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a nonprofit that works to expand knowledge about preventing electrical fires, injuries, and worse…. Continue Reading

 

Choosing Metal Sheet Storage Systems: A Guide for Warehouse Operators

May 6, 2022

Sheet metal isn’t the easiest material to work with. It’s bulky, heavy, and lined with sharp edges. It’s hard to grip, which leads to a heightened risk of musculoskeletal injury during manual handling. Metal also conducts both heat and electricity, adding more hazards to contact between sheets and workers. To safely handle sheet metal at shops and warehouses, employers must… Continue Reading

 

IIoT Security for Electrical Wholesalers: Mitigating the Risks of Industry 4.0

April 27, 2022

Every week, more low-cost sensors, devices, and analytics platforms hit the market. This is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) — industrial equipment that tracks its own data, connects to a network, and transforms information into insight. And IIoT isn’t limited to high-profile use cases like smart manufacturing or asset tracking in the supply chain. It can also help electrical… Continue Reading

 

The Great Resignation, a Technician Shortage, and Tips to Help Industry Respond

April 20, 2022

One of the lingering effects of a pandemic economy is a labor shortage so pervasive it has its own name: The Great Resignation. As recently as February 2022, there were more than 11 million jobs open in the United States, figures that outpaced economist predictions. A lot of coverage of the Great Resignation focuses on the service economy, where employers… Continue Reading

 

Reviewing OSHA Trends and New Rules for 2022

March 30, 2022

What’s new with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2022? Quite a bit — the administration is widely expected to increase inspections and use new enforcement mechanisms to ensure safe and healthful conditions for workers. For employers, the new year is an excellent time to review compliance considerations and make necessary improvements in equipment, training, and processes. Below,… Continue Reading

 

Cable Take Up Machines: An Introduction for Every Industry

March 16, 2022

Manufacturers of cable and wire are always looking for ways to fill orders faster and more safely, which often boils down to one type of equipment: cable take up machines. Available in a wide range of designs and configurations, these devices rotate cable wheels to fill them with product, automating what would otherwise be a labor-intensive and ergonomically disastrous task…. Continue Reading

 

Reel Rack Axle Brackets: Converting to Electrical Wire Reel Racks

March 3, 2022

Warehouses are usually rich with pallet racking. But what happens when they start to stock wire and cable—or even rope, chain, and other coiled materials? Dedicated electrical wire reel racks are expensive, and there may not be space in the facility to add whole new racking systems. These warehouse operators need a way to convert existing pallet racking into reel… Continue Reading

 

Temporary Wiring: OSHA Rules for the Construction Industry

February 16, 2022

Electric hand tools. Lights. Building information modeling (BIM) systems. You need them all for a construction job, and they all require power — electrical power in spaces that may not yet have permanent wiring in place. Temporary wiring is the solution. Most construction sites depend on some form of temporary wiring, to be removed on completion of the job. Building… Continue Reading

 

Manhole Openers and Ergonomics for Utility Workers

February 2, 2022

Manhole covers can weigh from 90 to 250 pounds or more, which is essential for ensuring safety: Heavy materials like cast iron and concrete are less susceptible to damage or accidental displacement. However, when workers need to move manhole covers, they often undertake the task without specialized equipment — which creates a serious ergonomic hazard. While the Occupational Health and… Continue Reading

 

How a Battery Monitoring Solution Protects Forklift Fleets

January 19, 2022

If you operate forklifts today, odds are your fleet relies on electric power. An estimated 65 percent of forklifts in the North American market run on electricity. In Europe, that figure is 80 percent. The market for electric lift trucks is expected to expand by a compound annual growth rate of 7.1 percent through 2030, reaching a value of more… Continue Reading