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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

WAREHOUSE HAZARD AWARENESS AND PREVENTION | GTA

Help prevent injuries and workplace hazards 
Did you know that there were 34 loading dock injury/fatality incidents reported between February 2016 and April 2017? Reference: Ministry of Labour
With proper safety measures in place including the correct installation of equipment, training and overall awareness, most injuries and hazards can be prevented.
 
Some general hazards that warehouse workers are typically exposed to include:
  • Storage and Racking Systems
    • lift trucks damaging the racks or causing the unit to collapse;
    • material falling due to improper installation or floor vibration.
  • Loading and Unloading Areas
    • pinning between forklifts or between the loading dock and trailer;
    • being struck by falling items, dock plates or the truck itself.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
    • slippery surfaces including oil or grease and snow or ice;
    • changes in walkway levels, slopes, unsecured mats, items stored in walkways;
    • poor lighting, trailing cables in walkways, smoke, steam or dust obscuring view.
Reference: Ministry of Labour

So, what exactly does the Ministry look for during inspections?














Maintain, maintain, maintain 
Do you have a maintenance plan for your industrial doors, loading docks and equipment including dock seals? If not, it's critical to understand why it's so important. Take a car, for example; the object that gets you from Point A to Point B. You must have a sufficient amount of oil and the tires are to be full of air. What happens if they don't? Needless to say, you won't be getting anywhere fast!

Cars are much like your doors and docks. Parts must be inspected, lubricated, adjusted, tested and replaced (if necessary) in order to function properly.

Loading-Dock-Equipment-Issues | Worn Dock Bumper Causing Impact, GTA | Wilcox DoorFor example, this loading dock has been significantly damaged due to lack of maintenance.
 
As trucks cause constant impact when backing into loading areas, bumpers must be inspected regularly to ensure damage is minimized.
 
Once they begin to wear significantly, the impact is then transferred to the building and foundation itself.
 
Although bumpers last a while (depending on frequency of use), replace them when necessary. It's a small price to pay to prevent significant damage to your building.
Loading-Dock-Equipment-Repairs | Dock Bumper Replacement, GTA | Wilcox Door
 
Whether to prolong equipment life, prevent injuries or excessive building damage, maintenance is a necessary component of any facility type; from Property Management to Pharmaceutical buildings. This and more can be found at: www.ontario.ca/mol

 

Friday, 7 July 2017

OVERHEAD DOOR DROP STOP DEVICE, HAMILTON | CASE STUDY

Safety First, Folks!
We can't stress enough that Overhead Doors are not intended for personnel use. This customer had safety concerns of the door coming down and injuring an employee if they happen to walk through the doorway. However, this door was too old for add-on brakes and needed a custom stop device.

Overhead-Custom-Mechanical-Drop-Stop-Device | Overhead Door Stop Devices, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Custom-built extended handles were welded to the door frame with a bar that protruded into the opening, preventing the door from coming down when fully opened.

Overhead-Custom-Mechanical-Drop-Stop-Device | Overhead Door Stop Devices, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

In Wilcox fashion, we went one step further by attaching limit switches to the handles. When they are in the engaged position, the limit cuts power off to the operator. Even if someone pushes the close button, the door will remain in the open position.

Experiencing issues in your facility that affect efficiency? Contact us to develop a solution that may not always involve complete equipment replacement.