Earlier this year, Nestle Waters North America, the nation’s leading water bottling company, opened a massive, two-line water bottling facility in McBee, SC. Inside the 200,000-square-foot facility, the fully automated machinery occupies a large footprint. While the layout is ideal for bottling, pedestrian access is less than ideal in certain locations. If the equipment were […]
Few people understand the consequences of work-related injuries better than the health care professionals who treat them. Seeing firsthand the effects of jobsite slips, trips and falls makes it immediately clear that safety should always be a top priority. That’s why the management at a large Springfield hospital takes every measure necessary to protect the […]
What do you consider “waste” in your facility or plant? Excess energy or water? A worker who isn’t busy throughout the day? According to the Lean approach, it’s more than that. Anything that isn’t an action or process that your customer would be willing to pay for is waste. That means extra products sitting on inventory shelves are considered waste. So are extra steps…
Over the past few decades, safety has become one of the most important topics across industrial-related careers. This is especially true for those whose jobs involve handling machines or chemicals that could pose a serious health threat if misused.
Come August, there will be a new batch of OSHA rules and regulations going into effect. How will you know which ones impact you and how to decipher the new guidelines? Here, we’ve summarized the key updates to note, and what to pay attention to in the coming weeks.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And there’s no better time than now to focus on preventing workplace injuries — especially since June is the National Safety Council’s (NSC) National Safety Month.
Every job site has its share of potential challenges that could impact safety. It’s up to the project managers to implement effective fall protection that meets those challenges. Employees trust their employer to provide a safe working environment — and that’s where appropriate fall protection equipment does the job.
The occupational safety standards found throughout America’s various industrial and manufacturing sectors tend to be quite comprehensive — and not at all lenient. These standards need to remain strict in order to allow workers to go about their day-to-day tasks in a safe manner. A central component of these modern standards is the safety equipment […]
There are some very dangerous places in this world that workers still need to access. When you’re working high above the ground, a fall or slip is not only dangerous, but fatal. Companies can’t afford to put their employees in harm’s way. They must use fall protection that works. OSHA insists that working equipment be […]
Though it may not be the most exciting conversation your company has, one around fall prevention is certainly one of the most essential. This applies to any workplace where crews are working at heights: getting from one roof to another, accessing raised work areas or getting over obstructions. Businesses are responsible for their workers and […]
A Look Back at Workplace Safety Throughout the Century It’s hard to imagine a time when workers casually ate their lunches as they sat upon the steel beams of a skyscraper without any safety net or fall protection system in place. Compared to today’s standards, the early 1900s were a drastically different time in terms of […]
What Is Fall Protection? Every year, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) gives out thousands of citations — most of which are fall protection violations. Having a fall protection system in place is necessary in many worksites not only to avoid hefty fines from OSHA, but also to keep workers safe and productive. Fall […]
Improve Industrial Safety with These 7 Steps When it comes to workplace safety, certain industries must take extra precautions to keep their workers safe on the job. Many workers in the oil and gas or construction industries come up against hazards that other industries do not, including falls, electrocution or contact with dangerous chemicals. In […]
Fall Protection/Prevention Expert and SafeRack CEO, Rob Honeycutt is featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Industrial Distribution Safety is an issue for everyone in industrial and warehouse environments. That’s why so many distributors offer a safety product line, if not make it their core offering. This month, ID is focusing on two prominent safety categories: Eye Protection Eye protection […]
In the October issue of United Hemispheres magazine, Rob Honeycutt, CEO of SixAxis talks mass customization, delivering an outstanding customer experience and how software developed by his company, ATLATL, makes this all possible. The ability to be innovative is driving change throughout every area of technology, from the company who wants to transform manufacturing, to the retailer […]
October 22, 2014 How Does Industrial Safety Fit Into the Modular Plant of the Future? Driven by an increase in engineer-to-order and mass customization, nearly half of manufacturers will turn to modular manufacturing platforms over the next five years, according to an IDC Manufacturing Insights Report. The concept modularity centralizes a standardized manufacturing platform while […]
In the first of our three-part series, “Can Workplace Safety Drive Manufacturing Performance?,” we looked at the connection between high performance manufacturers who also have low incident and injury rates. This second post in our series explains how workplace safety is often a positive outcome of applying lean manufacturing principles, particularly the 5S Methodology. 5S […]
For all the negative news about privacy and safety issues concerning camera-equipped drones (a.k.a. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs), there are a number of positive potential applications for drones in improving workplace safety. Drones can hover over places either too dangerous or difficult for a worker to go. They can also save lives by monitoring […]
You have two manufacturing organizations. Both comply with safety regulations, yet one organization outperforms the other. Why? One reason could be a lack of management support. The other reason could be a lack of integration between safety practices and continuous improvement programs. An interesting observation by a quality veteran pointed out that although safety is […]
In life there are things that just can’t wait. And if we wait… accidents happen. However, when it comes to workplace safety, often things are put off for one reason or another, and sometimes accidents happen. But are they really accidents if we can prevent them? In reality, safety can’t wait; although, we have control […]