Use your Fork Correctly

Forklifts can be one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in the workplace. OSHA estimates an average of 101 fatalities and 94,570 injuries occur annually due to unsafe forklift operation. Like all sustainable solutions to loss, the first step is to take a proactive approach, and at Wachs, we have a three-fold approach, Train, Inspect, and Observe

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Hang On!

Whether you work in manufacturing or construction, you can be at risk from falling objects. Dropped objects have been a noted issue as far back as 1903 when the New York Times published an article on dropping objects from bridge construction. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2015 there were 52,260 OSHA recordable incidents where a worker was struck by a falling object or equipment, which equates to 143 workers a day, 7 days a week.

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Seeing Spots

Each year in the United States, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer, cumulating in an estimated annual cost of $8.1 billion. Often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds, skin cancer is serious, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. This year, an estimated 87,110 people will be diagnosed with melanoma—the most dangerous type of skin cancer—and about 13,590 will die of the disease. 

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Climb the Ladder with Success!

Using the Three Points-of-Contact rule minimizes the chances of slipping and falling from the ladder. At all times during ascent/descent, and while working, the climber must face the ladder and have two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder rungs and/or side rails. In this way, the climber is not likely to become unstable in the event one limb slips during the climb.

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Look Ahead - Guard Your Back!

Back injuries at work, home and play are common. 80% of adults experience a back injury in their lifetime and roughly 10% suffer re-injury. A report by the University of Maryland on back injuries in the workplace found that each year there are more than 1 million back injuries which account for 1 in every 5 injuries reported. With the frequency of these injuries, it is in our best interest to take a proactive approach towards prevention. Let’s look ahead to guard our back!

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