BEB Industrial Asset Management

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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