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Delivery Truck Road Safety

Regardless of time of year, millions of Americans hit the road every day. Sharing the road requires motorists to exercise caution and good judgment and common courtesy. Unfortunately, in the real world this is not the case and truck drivers need to be proactive in practicing road safety.

This is particularly important for delivery truck drivers during the summer and on holiday weekends. During these times, out of town visitors are driving on roads that are less familiar to them.  It’s important to pay attention, put your phone down and as always, buckle up.

The best defense is a good understanding of how motorists SHOULD behave, but sometimes don’t. Tips and tactics that motorists are urged to heed are:

  • Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.
  • Slow Down: With the extra highway congestion during holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space between you and other vehicles and reduce your speed.
  • Don’t drive impaired: The holidays are often a time for merriment, but if you’ve had too much to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.
  • Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
  • Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
  • Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road. 
  • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
  • Plan ahead: Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
  • Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won’t be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.

While there are organizations with highway safety outreach programs to educate the public, truck drivers need to be on point and aware of the situation around them at all times. Knowing the rules of the road is one thing. Being aware that not everyone on the road follows the rules all of the time is another. Be safe out there!

Jef Spencer
HFA Operations

5 Things to a Safer Parking Lot

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We have all heard it, but how many have considered where a first impression happens for your customers? The parking lot is the first “in person” environment where your customer interacts with your retail business. It would be a shame if a customer has a bad experience before they even get to see your displays or talk to an employee. Parking lots can be dangerous places if the proper precautions aren’t implemented. Damage to vehicles and store property can occur, and pedestrians are also at risk for accidents and theft. Some commonsense investments can make a big difference, not only for safety, but for a positive shopping experience.

5 Tips for Keeping Parking Lots Safe

  1. Control the flow of traffic. Controlling traffic flow will prevent cars from driving in the wrong direction or through the parking lot, minimizing the risk of accidents. A few methods for controlling traffic flow include designating separate entrances and exits, installing speed bumps and making sure parking spaces have visible lines. Make your parking lot easy to navigate, enter and exit.
  2. Make sure the parking lot is well lit. A well-lit parking lot helps prevent theft as well as vehicle accidents and pedestrian accidents, such as tripping or falling. 
  3. Install bollards to prevent vehicle damage to storefronts. Cars run into buildings more often than you think. The Commercial Real Estate Development Association estimates there are more than 50 accidents every day involving vehicles colliding with commercial buildings. Installing bollards around storefronts is an easy way to fix this problem.
  4. Install cart corrals. Because the typical furniture store does not utilize carts in their stores, this one is often overlooked by furniture locations that share space with other businesses. Cart corrals invite customers to voluntarily return carts, preventing them from rolling through the parking lot and damaging cars, pedestrians and buildings. It’s well worth giving up a parking space or two to allow for cart corrals to wrangle in carts from neighboring businesses. The alternative is cart crashes into YOUR customer’s vehicles that may choose to shop elsewhere because of a negative parking lot experience.
  5. Create pedestrian walkways. A well-designed pedestrian walkway placed in busy areas of the parking lot can serve two purposes. First, it will make drivers aware of pedestrian traffic so they will anticipate stopping. Second, it will (hopefully) discourage pedestrians from taking shortcuts and conflicting with vehicle traffic.

Jef Spencer
HFA Operations

Tips: 3 Quick Things to Maintain a Safe Work Environment

No one likes to come into a messy or disorganized work space. Not only is a messy work space unsafe it also puts a drain on productivity. Having a simple “Housekeeping” practice in place is a critical piece to keeping people in your facility safe. Most businesses have a cleaning service or cleaning staff that does janitorial work after everyone goes home, but what about during the day when everyone is working? If you, or an employee, sees a potential hazard it is important to address it as it is noticed. By doing this, you can help prevent injuries and improve productivity, but it’s not just traditional offices that this applies to. Industrial workplaces such as warehouses, delivery trucks, docks and even in the customer’s home also apply. As a rule of thumb all workplaces with a safety program should incorporate housekeeping into their safety training.

3 tips for everyday workplace safety:

  • Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls – Post the proper signs when there is a spill
  • Clear Clutter – Clean as you go and put items back in their place when done
  • Prevent Falling Objects – Place heavy objects on lower shelves and lighter items on higher shelves

The best way to keep the workplace safe is to make it a practice. Before the end of their shift, your employees should make it common practice to inspect and clean their work areas discarding unused materials and putting tools, vehicles and supplies back in their proper place. This will reduce time spent cleaning later, as well as prevent potential injuries in the future.

Jef Spencer
HFA Operations

Just When You Thought Felt Pads Couldn’t Get More Durable

Are you tired of those synthetic sticky felts that simply don’t work or don’t stay on? Well, with Flexi-Felt® you’ll never have that problem again. It’s literally impossible to remove these felts.

Your Association Products Program has added a new line of surface protection felt pads to round out the selection available to fit any need. Available in a few select sizes and configurations from simply stick to apply and the new Flexi-Felt® clear cups. The Flexi-Felt are made with soft wool blend felt. Nothing is more durable.

Special high density felt is impossible to pad down. It doesn’t matter if you put 1000 lb on these; they won’t get any thinner.

The felt pads protect your floors and they allow furniture to slide effortlessly. If you have dark furniture you probably noticed that the chair legs are starting to be scratched up. The Flexi-Felt Clear will also help you prevent that. The transparent flexible sleeve of the Flexi-Felt Clear is extremely durable and abrasion resistant.

It protects your furniture by preventing the dings and scratches caused while vacuuming or when moving your chairs.

Use the Flexi-Felt to protect flooring and furniture as well as making furniture much easier to move around. The Flexi-Felt also eliminates the scraping chair noises, especially on tiles. Check out the quick demo video for more information.

For more information, call (800) 422-3778, Option 2.

Jef Spencer
HFA Operations

Preventing Facility Hazards: Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know

Three of the top ten OSHA electrical safety violations are electrical in nature; in addition, 5% of all on the job fatalities are due to improper interaction with electricity.

Electrical hazards in your facility require the proper attention from safety managers when creating safety programs.
Here are some electrical safety tips to protect your employees from electrical hazards.
 

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Electrical Safety is important, any workplace and position can be affected by electricity. Before you begin your day make note of any electrical equipment you may come in contact with and ensure that it is properly grounded before use.
 

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Standing in any type of wetness while using an electrical device of any kind is not a good idea. Try to avoid it whenever possible, this includes stationary equipment, power tools, tablets, mobile phones, etc.
 

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Assume power lines are always energized whenever your work brings you to an area where you need to be around them. This includes any situation that your delivery crews may encounter at a customer’s home. Use non-conductive materials, and tools when near them.
 

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Practice a standard operating procedure in electrical safety by bringing any machine being worked on to complete zero, fully de-energized before beginning repair or services. (Unplug it from the power source if possible).
 

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After bringing a machine to complete zero for servicing, always use proper lock out protocol to prevent co-workers from re-energizing a machine while it is being worked on.
 

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Never wear rings, watches, wristbands, or use metallic pencils or rulers while working with electrical equipment.
 

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Ask can this job be completed with one hand? Only using one hand to work reduces the chances of electricity going through the chest cavity in the event of an accident.
 

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If a spill happens on or near a machine do not try to clean it up until the machine is shut down completely and unplugged.
 

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Never touch electrical equipment unless you are specifically instructed to do so. It is advisable to consider the use of electrical safety signs, and make sure your hands are not wet or sweating and as precaution.
 

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Stay up to date on regulations or requirements to be in compliance with relevant regulatory agencies. As changes are released, regularly to see what your facility should now be doing differently to ensure maximum workplace electrical safety.
 
Jef Spencer
HFA Operations
HFA Products Store

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