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Jef Spencer
Tips on Using Hand Trucks, Carts and Dollies Properly

Back injuries are a common problem caused by carrying or moving loads. While using delivery trucks can make the task easier and faster, it becomes impractical when loads just have to be transported a short distance. This is where material handling carts and equipment come into the picture. With these

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Home Furnishings Association
Promote Workplace Safety with These Truck Loading/Unloading Tactics

There are so many things to be aware of when loading and unloading a truck many people don’t know or chose to ignore. From 2005-2010 in Washington State alone, there were 12 fatalities due to truck loading/unloading. Workplace injuries and even fatalities are 100% preventable by implementing the following safety

Work Safety and Safety Procedures. Two binders on desk in the office. Business background
Home Furnishings Association
Identify Workplace Hazards w/ OSHA-Compliant Signs & Labels!

According to OSHA’s Specifications for Accident Prevention (29 CFR 1910.145), employers must indicate and define potential hazards around the workplace. Safety signs and labels are easy and effective ways to communicate warnings and comply with OSHA standards. Here are the top five common workplace safety signs and labels that will

Parking signal
Home Furnishings Association
Are Your Traffic Signs Compliant With the MUTCD?

Traffic and Parking Signs increase safety, prevent accidents and can be used to post policies on roadways and parking lots. The 2009 revisions to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) require that Traffic Signs everywhere, including those on private roads open to the public, adhere to MUTCD standards.

Illustration of a forklift carrying a box.
Jef Spencer
5 Things to Inspect When Buying a Used Forklift

So your operation has grown to needing a forklift, or another forklift and you’re looking for a forklift for sale. Buying new may be out of your budget and it’s time to consider the used forklift market. But where do you start? If you are planning to buy a forklift,

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Home Furnishings Association
KNOX, KNOX. Who’s There? Rapid Entry System and Why You Need One.

Ever wonder what those little boxes stuck to the side of government offices, commercial buildings, schools and many other locations are for? Those little boxes are called KNOX Boxes and provide a means for rapid access to that facility by emergency responders. Installed by the building owner and coordinated with

Two cars parked next to each other in a parking lot
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

Fork Lift Truck
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

Store - Box Recycling
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

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,

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