It’s National Safety Month! Week 5 Theme: Manual Material Handling Safety

We’re wrapping up the last week of safety month with manual material handling safety.

There are several risks posed by manual material handling. The most common reported injuries involve strains and sprains, while the most frequent injuries occur to the back, hips, neck, shoulders, and knees.

The first thing to consider with manual material handling is where the object is initially picked up and then set down. The ideal safe height to lift an object is between a person’s waistline and shoulders, within one foot of their body. If you are required to do a lot of bending down to lift or lift above your head, that could cause serious strain to the body and potentially cause injury. (more…)

Happy National Logistics Day!

Today is National Logistics Day, and we’d like to honor and celebrate those who work in the logistics industry. First observed in the U.S. in 2019, the holiday highlights the fact that logistics are essential to the economy on a global level. Logisticians are valuable assets to a company and can be found in nearly every industry.

Due to supply chain issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, 61% of U.S. hiring decision-makers say their company had to alter its hiring practices because of the national supply chain issue. Around 32% say they have hired specifically for logistics/supply chain positions this year.

This sector is expected to grow by 30% between 2020 and 2030, much faster than the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (more…)

Interview Basics to Help You Land the Job

One of the most critical steps in any job search process is securing an interview with the hiring manager. Whether it’s your first ever job interview, you’re making plans to switch careers, or just trying to brush up on your interviewing skills for a dream job later down the road, preparing for the interview is crucial, regardless of where you are in your career.

Take a look at this list of interview basics to help increase your chance of landing the job. (more…)

It’s National Safety Month! Week 4 Theme: Slips, Trips, and Falls

For the fourth week of safety month, we’re highlighting slips, trips, and falls. These incidents are some of the leading causes of workplace-related injuries and fatalities. Slips, trips, and falls are technically three distinct things, although they are often categorized together. Let’s define each term to differentiate each incident. Slips are a loss of balance caused by too little friction between your feet and the surface you walk or work on. Trips happen whenever your foot hits an object, and you are moving with enough momentum to be thrown off balance. Falls occur whenever you move too far off your center of balance. These types of accidents can result in injuries ranging from sprains and fractures to head injuries, lacerations, and back injuries. These can also be fatal.   Housekeeping Housekeeping is crucial to a safe workplace, and when done correctly, it can be effective in controlling and eliminating hazards. Good housekeeping practices are the first and most important step in preventing slips, trips, and falls. This includes: Cleaning up …

How to Dress for Your Work Environment

What you wear to work is almost as important as what you do, because your presence tells the company’s story and helps shape its reputation in the communities where you serve. Most workplaces have a dress code in place, and each dress code should be appropriate for the work setting.

If you work in a corporate headquarters, your dress code may be a little more formal. If you work in a casual setting, you may be able to dress down; but, if you work outside, your attire may include safety items, and your dress code may need to be altered regularly depending on the weather. Here are three common dress codes so you can dress for success. (more…)

It’s National Safety Month! Week 3 Theme: Forklift Safety

We’re focusing on forklift-related injuries during the third week of safety month. Across the country, forklift-related injuries take eight more days away from work than other types of injuries. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) study in the U.S. determined about 25% of all forklift-related injuries are related to inadequate training.

What are the requirements?

The Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) standard covers forklifts and powered pallet jacks, and other ride-on material handling equipment. The standard has two requirements before certification—formal instruction and practical training and evaluation. Practical training and evaluation must be performed on the specific equipment being used. Thus, practical training and evaluation should always be completed by a company or a competent forklift trainer with intimate knowledge of the client’s site and access to a forklift like those used at the client’s site. Certification will always be site- and equipment-specific, as a forklift certification is not a license to operate in every environment, on every machine. (more…)