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Jef Spencer
WARNING: Parking Lots are More Dangerous Than You Think

On average, more than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and parking garages annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries*. 5 steps to keep your parking lot safe & compliant: Step 1: Create Safe Intersections Create safe intersections and reduce vehicle collisions by posting STOP signs at all unsignalized intersections. Post STOP signs, for example, in visible areas to reduce accidents at intersections in your parking lot. Available in different sizes, reflective finishes and wordings, you can single-handedly prevent accidents from happening in your lot. Step 2: Designate Parking Areas Comply with ADA standards by posting the correct

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Jef Spencer
Do You Know What’s Just Around the Corner?

According to OSHA, nearly 100,000 workers are injured as a result of forklift accidents annually. The inability of individuals to see around corners and down aisles can quickly turn warehouses into danger zones. What are some of the solutions to minimize the risk? Safety Mirrors Safety Mirrors will help employees see around corners and down aisles so they can avoid all kinds of dangers in warehouses and storage facilities, including forklift traffic. Available in many configurations to meet the viewing angle requirements for any application. Marking and Identification Safety, warning and floor markings can be an effective way to designate areas of

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Home Furnishings Association
Commercial & Industrial Trash Compactors

Many severe injuries are caused each year by improper use of trash compactors. Injuries such as amputations, lacerations, and even fatalities have been the direct result of trash compactor misuse. It is important that management institute specific safety controls and instruct employees as to appropriate safe practices to follow when using trash compactors. Management controls Written safe operating rules should be reviewed with all employees who will use the compactor. Documentation of this training should be maintained in the employees’ personnel files. Appropriate safety signs for proper use of the compactor should be posted. Bilingual signs may be necessary in

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Forklift Startup and Shut Down. Starting and ending the day safely.

Just a quick checklist for anyone who utilizes a forklift or lift. Startups and end of the day shut downs play a key roll in injury prevention. STARTUP – YOU MUST: Check for obvious physical damage and fluid leaks on the floor. Make sure the overhead guard, load backrest extension, seat belt and all other safety devices are attached properly. Inspect tires. Make sure the forks are properly attached and locking clips are in the proper position. Check the capacity plate. Check the parking brake and service brake and all controls and gauges. Make sure hood latches are adjusted and

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Connect with Your Customer and Grow your Customer Base

Do you know what made Zappos such a great company? It wasn’t that they were selling shoes online – they weren’t the first ones to do that. It was the way Zappos connected with their customers. They had a few philosophies they lived by such as: · The customer is always right even when he or she is wrong. · You can make your customers happy by focusing on the experience instead of just the product. · By making things convenient for your customers, such as a 365-day return policy, you will win their loyalty. Connecting with your customers on

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Jef Spencer
Ensure Your Signs are ADA Compliant

You’ve seen them in just about every business environment and they are most likely your directional facilities signs to help the customer find restrooms, services, and exits. But are you ADA compliant? If they aren’t, you could be subject to sizeable fines. But just how big of a fine? As of March 2014, the potential fine for a first-time ADA violation increased to a maximum of $75,000! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that has been in place since 1990. This law protects disabled individuals from discrimination within all spaces accessible to the public. As of

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