BEB Industrial Asset Management

The Dangers of Online Fork Lift Certifications

You may have heard the Latin phrase, “caveat emptor,” before, which roughly translates in English to, “may he beware, the buyer.”  Today, in commercial use, it’s commonly known as the principle that the seller of a product cannot be held responsible for the quality of a product or service if no warranty is provided.  And while the phrase may have originated with the sale of land/property and farm animals, years ago, the concept is still alive and well in modern day commerce, even in the material handling industry.  In our post today, we are going to talk about the myths and short-comings of using online fork lift training (the employer only thinks it is certification but the they get the bill and paperwork it only states the person attend a class or completed the training course) mills to train you drivers and the dangers that might be lurking.

Myth: OSHA

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Today We Honor Those Lost

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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Fighting Complacency for Fork Lift Safety

It’s certainly not a new phenomenon in the warehouse, distribution Forklift accidentcenters or manufacturing facilities, but when injury rates are low or decreasing, a level of complacency begins to creep into the workplace that can have devastating consequences.  Complacency on the part of forklift operators on the job is a significant factor that influences at risk behavior on the job.  In the rest of this post we are going to discuss types of complacent human behavior that can cause injuries/accidents and then what can be done to fight complacency.

What causes forklift accidents?

There are a million different variables that can cause or contribute to a
forklift accident in a warehouse or manufacturing facility.  While most workers know the hazards, the errors that can lead to these accidents

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Record Breaking Lift Truck Sales….Now What?

iStock_000012806371LargeIn an article published by Modern Materials Handling, “Industrial Truck Association announces record-breaking 2015 North American lift truck sales,” the ITA made its official 2015 sales announcement.  According to sales data, total retail orders across all lift truck asset classes totaled 225,534 units in 2015, and came in as the first year the sales were over the pre-recession level in 2006 with 215,000 units.

So now that we’ve got all these extra lift trucks zipping around warehouses throughout the United States, what now?  How do facilities manage these extra assets while keeping an eye on the rest of their fleets?  During the rest of this post we are going to talk about how you can manage these new assets and take care of your older (and aging) assets all

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Practice Safety with More than Just Equipment

While here at BEB we focus mostly on the equipment side of material handling safety, we know that there are a lot of other areas of safety that impact you facilities and employees on a daily basis.  Today, we are going to talk about work-related musculoskeletal injuries resulting from over exertion and repetitive movements and what can be done to address and help prevent them.

warehouse workers in front of forkliftIt’s true, these types of injuries don’t seem to get as much press as the more horrific injuries seen when man (or woman) meetings equipment or machines.  However, we are seeing a little more than one in every five claims during research conducted by the SHARP Program, leading one to conclude these types of injuries actually DO need some attention.


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Forklift Safety Culture Starts at the Top

Forklift accidentYou hear it all the time, I never thought it would happen to me.  I never thought I would be the victim of a robbery, I never thought my home would flood or catch fire.  I never thought that I would be faced with a giant fine from OSHA because we allowed operators to use forklifts deemed as non-compliant by OSHA stands.  Because we didn’t practice the forklift safety that we should, because all we invested in was a DVD that doesn’t speak directly to our needs.

But now, unfortunately, that time has arrived.  Safety begins at the top, and we are now going to discuss some of the things that safety, operations and logistics professionals can implement to change the behavior of employees as it relates to

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Rail Car Mover Safety…It’s a BIG Deal

Rail care movers are formidable pieces of equipment used to move railroad Rail Car Mover Safety Trainingcars around in a rail yard.  Capable of being driven on the ground and on rails, rail car movers are so large, that they are capable of moving loads in excess of 50,000 pounds making proper safety procedures just as big of a deal as they have become.  And with their versatility and massive weight comes a number of rail car mover safety best practices that we are going to spend the rest of this post discussing.

Getting on and off equipment while it’s moving. DOH!  While this has been a common practice in the rail road industry for 100 years, we are starting to see a shift in whether or not people are continuing to see

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Hazards of Workplace Fork Lift Use

Forklift accidentI recently read in the article, “Company aims to curb forklift-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities,” that every three days someone in the United States is killed in a fork lift-related accident.  THREE DAYS, people.  That’s one every long weekend.  And even more shocking (believe it or not), is that OSHA estimates that 70% of all reported accidents could have been avoided with proper safety precautions.

While these numbers and percentages are pretty alarming, what’s more concerning is that despite how well aware we are of the dangers associated with fork lift operations, many business fail to take the appropriate measures to prevent such costly misfortunes.  One of the easiest things you can start to get you on the path of safety and accident prevention is to understand

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TCO – Critical to Fork Lift Fleet Management

iStock_000012806371LargeTotal Cost of Ownership (TCO), while it started off as a management accounting concept, it’s made its way into capital purchasing decisions of all types, including fork lifts.  TCO takes into account all the direct and indirect costs associated with purchasing and owning a forklift, and now more than ever this concept is incredibly important when managing your fleet.  Throughout the rest of this post we are going to explore some of the costs and some of the factors that should be considered when evaluating your TCO for your fork lift fleet management.

Some of these elements include:

Initial purchase price of the equipment Performance (cost per hour to run the equipment) Reliability (up-time vs. down-time) Life expectancy Fuel consumption and replace (LP vs electric) Maintenance costs (oil changes, spark

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Time to Retire Your Lift Truck?

The lift trucks that zip around your facilities each shift are truly the workhorses of your warehouse operations.  They are essential, everyday pieces of equipment used for picking, shipping and receiving, and as much as we’d like them to last forever, there comes a time when their retirement is inevitable.

iStock_000012806371LargeBut when and how you know when it’s time to say goodbye?  It’s always a tough call determining when equipment has reached its economic life span, or the point when operating the lift costs more than the value it provides to your operations.  There are a number of factors to look at when making that decision and some of those include:

Hours of operation Operating conditions Utilization rates Maintenance costs Productivity

Now we are going to discuss some of these in detail.

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