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Managing the Coronavirus Risk to the Supply Chain

Timeline of CoronavirusAccording to data from the Chinese government, “patient zero” has been identified from the first confirmed case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on November 17th, 2019. Patient zero did not start displaying symptoms until December 8th. It wasn’t until then that the Chinese government realized that a new virus had begun in the history of humanity.On December 31st, 2019, China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of “dozens of pneumonia cases of unknown origin.” On March 11th, 2020, the WHO declared that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pandemic. On that date, there were more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and over 4,200 deaths as a result of COVID-19.At the time of writing this blog (late March 2020), there...

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Training for Loading Dock Repairmen: A Future Employee’s Guide

  Proper training is crucial when repairing loading docks to avoid the risk of injury or fatality on the job. To ensure a loading dock repairman gets the job right the first time, it is key to search for the maximum training for your position. If you’re new to industry or returning, here are some key certifications and programs you should keep an eye out for when becoming a loading dock repairman.  Education is Key  Generally, a loading dock repairman requires a high school diploma or GED. Once you’ve received a high school diploma or GED, look into maintenance technology training schools.  On average, loading dock repairman positions require one year of work experience. To put your best foot forward,...

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Preventative Dock Maintenance

Photo by mescon / CC BY For many busier facilities, preventative dock maintenance may seem like a nice idea but is still a measure that can be difficult to work into an already busy schedule. Nonetheless, all business owners need to understand that preventative dock maintenance can offer a number of advantages that can help a business be more productive and also reduce significant costs. Some of the benefits of developing a preventative dock maintenance program can include: Reduce Asset Costs — When you are looking at your assets, the purchase price reflects only one aspect of the costs you incur. You also need to keep in mind the operating and maintenance costs of those assets. When you develop a preventative dock...

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Safety Tips for Warehouse Vehicles

  Vehicle safety is essential in helping prevent injuries in the warehouse. Each year, thousands of injuries related to forklifts and other warehouse vehicles occur in warehouses throughout the United States. Many times, workers are injured when forklifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer, forklifts are accidentally driven off loading docks, a forklift strikes them, or they fall while on elevated pallets. Many accidents also involve property damage, including damage to racking, pipes, walls, overhead sprinklers, and machinery. Unfortunately, the majority of injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety rule enforcement, and inadequate training. Here are tips you should know to maintain vehicle safety in your warehouse: Make sure workers observe...

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Reporting Loading Dock Injuries: An Employer’s Guide

  While loading docks may not get as much attention for their dangers and safety hazards as construction sites do, they are without a doubt the location for many accidents, serious injuries, and even deaths. In fact, 25% of all industrial accidents occur at loading docks, according to the trade publication Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN). And for each injury that occurs in a loading dock, there are hundreds of close calls. In 2017, at least 14 people were seriously injured from loading dock accidents, nine of which were fatalities, according to ISHN. The sad reality is that accidents can and will happen. As a loading dock employer, you may have the misfortune of one of your workers being...

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