Archive for May, 2017

May 30, 2017

Making Your Warehouse More Ergonomically Correct

How much attention are you giving ergonomics in your warehouse? Ergonomics is the process of making sure the environment your employees are working in is working for and with them, instead of against them. You hear a lot about ergonomics when it comes to office workers, particularly when it comes to their chairs and how computers are positioned. But ergonomics is just as–or maybe even more–important for warehouse workers. That’s because an ergonomic workplace is one that’s going to help prevent injuries and assist workers to be more efficient in their tasks. That can help lower your operating costs and increase your production, both very good reasons for paying a little more attention to ergonomics.

Not sure where to begin? The warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering have some tips to help you start improving your ergonomics!

Tips for Improving Ergonomics in the Warehouse

Eliminate repetitive movements where you can.

Encourage warehouse managers and supervisors to watch for repetitive movements on the job. When they see it, look for ways to either eliminate it or change it to be more ergonomic. Many on-the-job injuries are due to repetitive injuries and eliminating them is a primary focus for ergonomics. If you see team members using repetitive movements to get products from one area to another, look for ways to automate that process so it relies on the repetitive motion of a robot and not on human power.

Get the right equipment for the job.

Having the right equipment for the job can stop a lot of workplace injuries. For instance, if workers are climbing up on ladders a lot to get to products that are way up high very often, consider investing in a lift instead. It’s safer for your team as well as your products. Your team won’t have to worry about their safety climbing up and down a ladder, and you don’t have to be concerned that they are following correct protocol when bringing down merchandise.

Automate where possible.

The more automation you use, the less you are relying on manpower to get the job done. The less you rely on human power, the less chance there is for injury. Automation such as conveyor systems, forklifts, and automated pickers are all ways that you can automate your warehouse and put a stop to repetitive injuries.

Train your team on proper lifting techniques.

Make sure your team knows how to lift. Back injuries are some of the most common in the warehouse, due to the large loads that are often being moved throughout the warehouse. Make lifting training a common part of your training regimen, during employee meetings and for all new hires. Training it once isn’t enough, either. Train on this again and again, even for your experienced employees.

Correct mistakes when you see them.

Encourage managers to make corrections when they see them. The best time to fix a mistake is right after it happens. If employees know that managers are watching, they are going to be more careful about taking care of themselves, too. Empower managers to make changes to the working environment if it’s going to make the warehouse safer for your workers!

There are many other ways you can make a warehouse safer for your team. If you are looking for suggestions, talk to our warehouse consultants! They can help you make your warehouse more efficient and safer for your employees. Get in touch with us today to talk about a problem you are having with your warehouse and we’ll find the right solution. Give us a call or contact us through our website to get started with a warehouse consultant today!


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May 25, 2017

How to Keep Your Warehouse Clean

A clean warehouse is a wonderful thing. It’s more than just visually pleasing, too. There are actual, tangible benefits to keeping your warehouse spotless. They include:

  • Your warehouse equipment lasts longer. When warehouse equipment is in a clean environment, it’s going to last much longer than equipment in a messy warehouse. That’s because there is less risk of an accident taking out the equipment, fewer things causing corrosion of the metal, and your employees take more care with equipment that looks like new.
  • Your employees take fewer sick days. A dirty warehouse is a breeding ground for germs. If you aren’t wiping down surfaces with antibacterial sprays, then you are probably passing around plenty of germs to one another. That leads to more sickness and more employees taking sick days.
  • You pay less in worker’s compensation claims. A clean warehouse is a safe warehouse. You’ll have fewer accidents on the warehouse floor when potential obstructions are tidied away and spills are cleaned up promptly. That can lower the overall cost of operating your warehouse and keep your employee morale much higher.
  • There is less damaged merchandise. Merchandise is damaged when accidents happen. A lot of warehouse accidents are caused by safety violations, including the cleanliness of the warehouse. When the warehouse is clean and organized, it creates an environment where both your employees and your products are safe.
  • Your operating costs go down. That should be reason enough alone to get our your cleaning gear!

How to Clean Your Warehouse (& Keep It That Way!)

Keep supplies handy.

No one is going to clean up if they don’t have the supplies they need to do the job. If cleaning supplies are on-hand, though, employees are going to be more willing to use them and pitch in on the cleaning. Keep paper towels or reusable rags handy along with good all-purpose cleaning spray, brooms, mops, and a vacuum if you have a carpeted area. Make sure all employees know where these items are kept and that they should feel free to use them when needed.

Get employees involved.

Assigning employees tasks or giving them an area of responsibility is a good way to keep the warehouse spotless. Plus, it’s an easy way to check if someone is slacking off on their cleaning list. Make a list of cleaning tasks to be done each week and rotate names through the list. That way everyone will know exactly what needs to be done and be help responsible for the task.

Make cleanup part of the job.

Encourage workers to make cleaning up a part of their tasks. Let them know that no job is complete until it’s been totally cleaned up. For instance, in returns, the job of processing those returns isn’t done until the packaging has been recycled. This creates a culture of cleanliness in your warehouse and suddenly cleaning will become second nature to your team.

Empty the trash regularly.

Trash cans and recycling bins get full fast in the warehouse. Schedule in time before lunch breaks and before the end of the day to empty all trash cans and recycling bins (or more or less often as needed). This keeps trash where it belongs and prevents it from making its way all over your warehouse.

Know areas that need extra attention.

Some areas of the warehouse need more attention than others. For most warehouses, this is going to be the floors, the aisles, and your docking area. Know what areas of your warehouse need more attention and make sure you add more tasks more often on the to-do list. For instance, have someone dust mop the floor three times a day instead of one or have hourly clean-up checks on the dock.

Consider hiring a professional.

Often, the cleanest warehouses are those that aren’t cleaned by the employees. It’s not a bad idea to hire a professional to do some of the cleaning work for you if there is room in your budget. That’s because it can free your employees up to focus on productive tasks during their work hours, and a professional cleaner is going to care more about getting the job done correctly. Think about hiring someone to come in and clean the bathroom, break room, and clean the floors of your warehouse to boost the cleanliness.

The Right Warehouse Equipment Can Help Your Warehouse Stay Clean

If you are struggling to keep your warehouse clean, it could be because you aren’t using the right warehouse equipment. The right pallet shelving, containers, and bins can keep you organized and more efficient in the warehouse. If you are looking for ways to keep your warehouse cleaner, safer, and more organized, get in touch with DAK Equipment & Engineering. Give us a call or contact us through our website to speak with a member of our warehouse equipment team today!

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May 20, 2017

Signs of Poor Pallet Rack Repair

Keeping the warehouse equipment in good repair is one of the main priorities of a warehouse manager, and at the top of that list is pallet rack repair. Proper pallet rack repair is vital to the safety and efficiency of your warehouse. When pallet racks are damaged by merchandise, machinery, or simple human error, that damage needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Whether you do it yourself or hire a company to do it for you, the repairs should be so good that the pallet racking is like new. If it’s not, that could potentially mean trouble for your warehouse in the future. Poorly repaired pallet racking can lead to worker injury, merchandise damage, and every warehouse manager’s biggest nightmare: racking collapse. A collapse can mean huge repair bills, worker’s compensation claims, work stoppages, and could even put the lives of your team at risk.

If you’ve recently had repairs done to your warehouse equipment, it’s important to inspect it to ensure it’s been done correctly. Here are some of the signs to watch for to see if the racking repairs have been done to your high standards.

Were Your Pallet Repairs Done Correctly?

There are signs of rust.

Rust should be dealt with when repairs are done. That’s because the longer rust is allowed to spread on your racking, the more it decreases the integrity of the metal and weakens it. If you still see rust on your pallet racking, it’s worth taking a second and closer look at the repairs that were done. Rust should be eliminated and the rusted areas reinforced to ensure they aren’t in danger of collapsing. You should also take steps to ensure that the source of the rust doesn’t come back.

The racking is bent.

Bent racking is bad racking. Use a straight edge to see if the edge of your racking is actually straight or just looks straight from a distance. If there is any bend to the racking, that’s a sign of bad structural integrity. Put too heavy of a load on the racking and you’ll increase the bend. That means the whole thing can come tumbling down, which is the last thing you need. Bent racking is common, especially if you use forklifts on your site, so make sure those bent areas are reinforced and that you are using rack safety equipment to prevent damage in the future.

The repairs are cosmetic.

A little paint isn’t going to prevent a racking collapse, but that’s what some people seem to think. Repairs should be taken seriously, and even minor damage can become a major problem. No matter how minor you think the repairs are, they shouldn’t simply be painted or covered over. They need to be repaired correctly so you don’t run into issues in the future. If the repairs that you are inspecting appear to be cosmetic only and no actual reinforcement have taken place, you should be concerned.

No reinforcements are present.

If there isn’t a reinforcement in sight on your pallet racking repair, it’s time to worry. Racking repair is common in the warehouse setting and reinforced columns and beams are an everyday sight. If you don’t see any on your repaired racking, get a second opinion in order to be safe. Reinforcements are inexpensive and easy to install, so there is no reason not to use them.

Look for help with your rack repair? DAK Equipment & Engineering can help. Just give us a call or contact us through our website to speak with one of our warehouse equipment experts. We’ll make sure you get the repairs you need to keep your warehouse safe!



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