Archive for January, 2017

Collision Avoidance Pedestrian Lights Save Lives!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Collision Avoidance Pedestrian Lights Save Lives!

Dragon Image 5Dragon Image 1DragonEach year, over 100,000 people are injured in forklift accidents. Of these, 18% are with pedestrians. Help create a safer work environment with the Dragon and Firefly. The firefly is an LED light that mounts on your forklift equipment in order to warn pedestrians and other equipment operators to on coming traffic. The LED light illuminates a large spot on the floor in front of the direction of travel.

Want To Look Like A Hero To Your Boss?

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Want To Look Like A Hero To Your Boss?

Do The Cookie-Cutter Storage Systems Not Meet All Of Your Storage Needs For Those Hard-To-Store Items?

Courtney Material Handling, Inc. Can Help!

Courtney Material Handling, Inc. and our manufacturing partner can solve your storage headaches for those unusual, or not so unusual, racking needs.  Our solutions are not only functional, but we also provide cost-effective solutions overall. Courtney Material Handling provides overall budget-friendly solutions.

Below is just a sampling of some of the custom racking solutions provided.

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Ability to modify old, existing racks into new, usable product

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Multi-shelf racks to maximize part density and minimize size

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Large walk-in racks for ease of load/unload

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Multi-cell bag racks for smaller surface critical parts

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Precision racks to interface with the most up to date automation equipment

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Hinged, multi-shelved racks with hydraulic cylinders to allow easier access


Here Are OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations Of 2016

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Here Are OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations Of 2016



18 hours 5 min ago

by Mike Hockett

Greetings from Anaheim, CA, ID readers.
I’m here at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, where in the Anaheim Convention Center, where OSHA has unveiled its annual Top 10 Most Cited Violations it encounters during workplace safety inspections throughout the U.S. The list not only alerts industrial suppliers and distributors of the safety areas they should pay extra attention to, but also gives them an idea what safety product categories will be the most popular throughout the next year.
“Every year the OSHA Top 10 serves as a guide for employers to address the biggest safety risks facing their employees,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “We look forward to working with employers to reduce these incidents and ensure every workplace is on a journey to safety excellence.”
Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, unveiled the list via a powerpoint presentation during Day 2 of NSC’s expo in front of a packed crowd of safety professionals on the show floor.
To no surprise, Fall Protection once again maintained the top spot, with OSHA making 6,929 citations during fiscal year 2016. That’s up from 6,721 in 2015. Hazard Communication and Scaffolding repeated as the second and third-most cited violations, with HazCom registering nearly 500 more citations than a year ago. The rest of the top seven also remained the same, in the order of Respiratory Protection, Lockout/Tagout, Powered Industrial Trucks and Ladders. At No. 8, Machine Guarding moved up one spot from 2015, Electrical Wiring moved down one, while Electrical General Requirements rounded out the top 10 once again.
Seven of the 10 had more citations than a year ago, with only Scaffolds, Electrical Wiring and Electrical General Requirements improving with sizeable less violations.
Here’s OSHA’s 2016 fiscal year most cited workplace violations. Here’s OSHA’s 2016 fiscal year most cited workplace violations. The figures are preliminary as of Sept. 30:
Fall Protection, 1926.501 (C) — 6,929 citations (+208 from 2015)

Hazard Communication, 1910.1200 — 5,677 citations (+485 from 2015)

Scaffolds, 1926.451 (C) — 3,906 citations (-389 from 2015)

Respiratory Protection, 1910.134 — 3,585 citations (+280 from 2015)

Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147 — 3,414 citations (+412 from 2015)

Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178 — 2,860 citations (+100 from 2015)

Ladders, 1926.1053 (C) — 2,639 citations (+150 from 2015)

Machine Guarding, 1910.212 — 2,451 citations (+156 from 2015)
9. Electrical Wiring, 1910.305 — 1,940 citations (-464 from 2015)
10. Electrical, General Requirements, 1910.303 — 1,704 citations (-269 from 2015)

Survey results reveal Manufacturing Day events boost public perception of manufacturing industry

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Survey results reveal Manufacturing Day events boost public perception of manufacturing industry

by Modern Materials Handling
Survey finds 89% of students were more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities after Manufacturing Day.

By MMH Staff · December 19, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte released the results of a survey on the effect Manufacturing Day 2016 had on the public’s views of the industry.
Responses from the students, educators and employees surveyed demonstrated that Manufacturing Day 2016 resulted in an improved public perception of manufacturing. Specifically, survey results showed 89% of students and 88% of educators were more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities.
Additional survey highlights include the following:
? 84% of students and 90% of educators were more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding.
? 65% of students were more motivated to pursue a manufacturing career.
? 88% of students and 90% of teachers viewed Manufacturing Day events as interesting and engaging.
? 89% of manufacturers that hosted Manufacturing Day events saw value in participating, and 86% are likely to host an event again in the future.
“Manufacturing Day is all about showing the community that this industry provides sustainable, well-paid jobs, with limitless opportunities for advancement,” said Manufacturing Institute executive director Jennifer McNelly. “The overwhelmingly positive results of this survey tell us that the American public is seeing the possibilities in manufacturing careers.”
The survey was disseminated to more than 2,700 participating Manufacturing Day hosts across the United States to gather national data from teachers, students and parents on how Manufacturing Day events make a difference in local communities.
“Manufacturing Day is a unique opportunity for manufacturers to show their community and future employees opportunities for innovative and high-paying careers within the industry,” said NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons. “It’s exciting to see what a powerful impact these events had on the public’s perception of the manufacturing economy and the meaningful careers that exist in our industry. The NAM looks forward to continuing to grow and expand Manufacturing Day to educate and inspire the next generation.”
To see the interactive dashboard that provides the ability to analyze results in more detail, click here.
“As manufacturers opened their doors to the public on Manufacturing Day, they shared firsthand the opportunities available in today’s advanced manufacturing environment,” said Deloitte vice chairman Craig Giffi. “By gathering research through the survey, the Manufacturing Day producers can measure the impact Manufacturing Day is having on perception, provide insight into building upon that momentum and further efforts to improve public perception of manufacturing.”
Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is—and what it isn’t. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers address the skills gap they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole.
“It is heartening to see local manufacturing communities come together to coordinate activities for local schools,” said Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, international president and CEO Ed Youdell. “The greatest permanent impact will accrue as a result of this kind of collaboration, especially where companies use the insights gained from these surveys to guide them in planning future Manufacturing Day programs.”

Packaging Corner: Looking at the 1% of pallets Metal, paper, composite wood pallets fill niche needs in unit-load handling.

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Packaging Corner: Looking at the 1% of pallets
Metal, paper, composite wood pallets fill niche needs in unit-load handling.



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By Sara Pearson Specter · December 2, 2016

When you think pallets, you probably think wood and maybe plastic. That’s to be expected with approximately 92% of the billions of pallets worldwide constructed of wood, while plastic comprises around 5%.
“Metal, paper and presswood pallets are estimated to be roughly 1% each of the market,” says Ralph Rupert, manager of unit load technology at Millwood. “That truly makes them alternative materials when it comes to unit load handling.”
Each material’s specific properties make them ideal for very niche applications, he continues: “Economically, a traditional wood pallet tends to make the most financial sense for the majority of load handling needs. But when load bearing capacity, functionality and application economics align just so, an alternative pallet material can be the right choice.”
Because of their rigidity, durability and flame resistant properties, pallets made of aluminum or steel are ideal for the heaviest, most dense loads including hot castings and other manufacturing applications. They also tend to be one of the most expensive pallet types and rarely leave the facility in which they are used.
Paper-based pallets come in a range of formats, including formed corrugated blocks, glued and laminated stringers, honeycomb structures and spiral round tubes. “They hold up to 1,000 pounds and are ideal in situations where total load weight is a critical, such as air freight,” Rupert explains. “Or, they’re good for a rigid product that needs to be kept off the floor and handled with fork tines, such as a stack of interior doors.”
Presswood pallets, which are formed from wood chips and resin at high temperatures and pressure, offer the primary advantage of nestability, Rupert continues.
“A standard trailer can only hold about 550 traditional wood pallets, whereas twice as many presswood pallets can fit. That makes them ideal in a closed-loop system in terms of cost per return trip,” Rupert says. “And, at a price point roughly a third less costly than nestable plastic pallets, they’re often a more economical choice.”
About the Author
Sara Pearson Specter

Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC. Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery.

We Can Help You Sell or Scrap Plastic Containers and Pallets

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Want to sell or scrap your plastic containers or pallets?  We may be able to help you sell or scrap your plastic containers/pallets.  Call us at 574-229-3180.

Aerial Lift Standards to Change in 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Genie Expert Explains Effect of Changes to A92 Standards

Reported in Lift and Access. com


Genie Expert Explains Effect of Changes to A92 Standards

Post date:
01/05/2017 – 4:50pm
“Editor’s Note: The Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA), the secretariat for ANSI’s A92 committee, which sets the industry best-practice standards for aerial work platforms, recently put out for public review the latest proposed revisions of standard A92.22 Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms and of standard A92.24 Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs).

Standard A92.20, governing the design of mobile elevating work platforms is expected to follow soon.

When adopted, the new standards will bring changes that affect the entire industry, from manufacturers to users.

Scott Owyen, Genie Training Manager at Terex AWP, recaps the proposed changes and their effects.

Recap of the Pending ANSI/CSA Standards — Everything is Changing
ANSI (United States) and CSA (Canada) standards have, for almost four decades, provided best practices for safe, reliable access to work at height and have delivered a consistent benchmark for safe machine design in North America. Standards set a safety level for all participants in the market. Good standards also bring global markets closer together, driving commonality and stronger market competition.
Why are the standards changing?
ANSI and CSA both require periodic updates to all standards. The updating process include a review of any ISO standards that apply to the products being addressed. Benefits from incorporating ISO concepts in the new ANSI/CSA standards include: North American aerial lift manufacturers, including Genie, will be more closely aligned with global markets like Europe, Australia and China.
These changes will allow aerial owners to more easily trade new and used equipment in many countries. due to increased world-wide commonality of aerials.
When are the standards changing?
The new CSA B354 standards are expected to be finalized and published in Q1, 2017, and go into effect in early 2018.
The new ANSI A92 standards are expected to be finalized and published in Q2, 2017, and go into effect mid-2018.
Once the final standards are approved, all aerial equipment brands and manufacturers serving North American customers will have one year to comply.

What is changing?
Equipment Terminology
Equipment Design Standards
Safe Use and Planning
Risk Assessment Planning
Training (Operators, Supervisors & Occupants)
Maintenance and Repair Personnel Training
Equipment Terminology

Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) will now become known as Mobile Elevating Work Platforms, or MEWPs. The word “mobile” is important because it means that the equipment can be driven, either under its own power or by manual effort; it is not stationary.
In previous iterations of the standards, AWPs were classified by product types, such as booms, scissors and so on. In the new standards, MEWP classifications are made up of a combination of two key distinguishing descriptions:
a) a MEWP Group
b) an associated MEWP Type


A MEWP Group is determined by the platform location in reference to the equipment’s tipping line, which is either at the wheels or the outriggers.
A Group A machine has a design that does not allow the main platform to extend beyond the tipping line. In other words, the platform does not go outside of the drive chassis envelope. A perfect example of a Group A would be a scissor lift.
Conversely, a Group B machine has a design that allows the platform to extend beyond the tipping line. A great example of a Group B machine would be an articulating or telescopic boom.
A MEWP Type refers to the equipment’s ability to travel:
Type 1 – Traveling is allowed only with the MEWP in its stowed position
Type 2 – Traveling with the work platform in the elevated position is controlled from a point on the chassis
Type 3 – Traveling with the work platform in the elevated travel position is
controlled from a point on the work platform
Type 2 MEWPS are not as common as the others. In fact, Genie does not manufacture any machines in this category, so for the purposes of this article, I will focus on Type 1 and Type 3 machines only.
An example of a Group A, Type 1 MEWP would be the Genie AWP Super Series manually-propelled lifts. The platform never extends beyond the tipping line, and the machine is designed to only be moved with the platform in the stowed position.
The Genie TZ-34 and TZ-50 trailer-mounted booms are examples of a Group B, Type 1 MEWP. The platform is designed to extend beyond the tipping line, and the machine is designed to only be moved with the platform in the stowed position.
An example of a Group A, Type 3 MEWP would be electric or rough terrain scissor lifts. The main platform never extends beyond the tipping line, and machine travel is controlled from the platform controls.
Articulated and telescopic booms are examples of a Group B, Type 3 MEWP. The platform is designed to extend the tipping line, and machine travel is controlled from the platform controls.

Equipment Design Standards
In addition to the terminology and language changes in the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards, the standards also include several big changes to the equipment itself:

Platform Load Sense (aka Overload System or Load Sense System) — All MEWPs will be required to continuously check the weight in the platform and disable certain functions if the load is above the platform load limit.

Dynamic Terrain Sensing — Drive and certain boom functions must be disabled when out of their slope limit and functions restricted only to those that safely return the machine to terrain that is within limits.

Indoor-only Machines — Allows for development of smaller, lighter-weight MEWPs bearing an “indoor only” rating because these MEWPs cannot be used in conditions where they might be subjected to any wind.

In addition to the changes highlighted above, there will be many other alterations including:
Toeguards on work platform entrances
Prohibited use of chain gates and flexible gates
Reduced lift and lower speeds on some models
Safe Use and Planning

The user must develop a Safe Use Program specific to MEWPS which must include, but not be limited to:

Performing a site risk assessment

Selection, provision, and use of a suitable MEWP and associated equipment
An assessment that the supporting surface can support the weight of the MEWP
MEWP maintenance including inspections and repairs as required
Inform the operator of local site requirements and warn and provide the means to protect against identified hazards
Have a trained and qualified supervisor to monitor the performance or the work of the operator
Prevention of unauthorized use of the MEWP
Safety of persons not involved in the operation of the MEWP
Risk Assessment and Rescue Planning
The risks associated with the task specific to MEWP operations shall be identified. These might be associated with the location where the work is to be carried out, the nature of the MEWP or the personnel, materials and equipment to be carried.
Identify control measures
Identify safe work procedures
Rescue from height
Communicate the results
The user must develop a written rescue plan that will be carried out in case of machine breakdown, platform entanglement, or fall from platform. The plan shall be put in writing and become part of the company’s training manual.
All occupants must receive training that explains procedures to follow if they fall and await rescue or witness another worker’s fall. This plan must limit the time that a properly restrained worker hangs suspended in the air. Rescue plans can include the following:
a) Self-rescue – by the person involved
b) Assisted rescue – by others in the work area
c) Technical rescue – by emergency services
Training (Operators, Supervisors & Occupants)
To prepare for these standards changes, it is important for users (most commonly the employer) to understand several significant changes.
Supervisor Training (ANSI only)
The user must ensure that all personnel that directly supervise MEWP operators are trained in the following areas:
a) Proper selection of the correct MEWP for the work to be performed;
b) The rules, regulations and standards that apply to MEWPs, including the provisions for safe use as defined in ANSI A92.22 Training and Familiarization, and the work being performed
c) Potential hazards associated with use of MEWPs and the means to protect against identified hazards
d) Knowledge that the manufacturer’s operating manual(s) are an integral part of the equipment and need to be stored properly in the weather resistant compartment on the MEWP.
Occupant Training
The MEWP operator must ensure that all occupants in the platform have a basic level of knowledge to work safely on the MEWP.
a) The requirement to use fall protection and the location of fall protection anchors;
b) Factors including how their actions could affect stability;
c) Safe use of MEWP accessories they are assigned to use;
d) Site specific work procedures the occupants must follow related to the operation of the MEWP;
e) Hazards related to the task at hand and their avoidance;
f)  Manufacturer’s warnings and instructions;
g) At least one of the occupants must be provided with the knowledge to operate the controls in an emergency where the operator cannot.
Maintenance and Repair Personnel Training
Users must ensure that maintenance and repair personnel are trained by a qualified person to inspect and maintain the MEWP in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, as well as ANSI and CSA standards.
In the case where a MEWP is being rented, arrangements must be made by the owner to identify the entity that will be responsible for the inspections and maintenance activities described in the standard:
Frequent Inspections — When the MEWP is put into service or has been out of service for three months.
Annual Inspections — Performed no later than 13 months after the previous Annual Inspection.

Final Comments
This article only scratches the surface of the changes that the industry will be facing. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the standards for you to achieve a full understanding of the requirements. Do not to underestimate the impact the introduction of the new ANSI/CSA standards will have and start preparing now for a smoother transition.

To help you interpret what’s included in the new standards, Terex AWP also offers articles on our Genie Aerial Pros education website to assist you in understanding the new requirements and provide ongoing suggestions and support to help you navigate the changes. Visit to keep up-to-date on the latest news regarding the standards changes.

With the implementation of the updated ANSI/CSA standards, Terex AWP continues to evaluate and manufacture our Genie® products to meet the most current industry standards worldwide and to provide our customers with innovative work at height solutions.”

The Power to Move When and Where You Need It!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Power Mover Model 5900

The power to move …when & where you need it!
PowerMovers are perfect for RV, boat and horse trailer dealers, plus manufacturers, distributors, rental centers and more.

2HP intermittent motor, 2 batteries, hitch ball, built-in-battery charger, variable Speed, hour meter, battery level indicator and emergency reversing switch.
Dual Batteries
Variable Speed Control
Up To 1.6 MPH
Hour Meter
2HP Continuous Duty DC Motor
Built-In Battery Charger
Battery Level Indicator
2” Hitch Ball
Adjustable Drive Chain Tighteners
Shown with Optional Hydraulic Lift

Call Courtney Material Handling, Inc. at 574-229-3180 or email

Vestil Truck Duck Scissor Lift!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Vestil Truck Duck Scissor Lift!

Save time and reduce man-hours where there are no docks with a Truck Scissor Dock Lift. The pit or surface mount has an optional approach ramp. Engineered and designed for maximum safety and efficiency. The checkered plate deck is made of heavy gauge steel for years of use. Hydraulic cylinders feature emergency velocity fuse if line breaks. It comes complete with upper travel limit switch and

Call Courtney Material Handling, Inc. at 574-229-3180 or email

Internships Important Part of Business Opportunities

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Internships Important Part of Business Opportunities
By Kyle Hannon Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Updated Jan 8, 2017 (0)
ELKHART — In the current economic climate, our community is facing two major issues. Businesses are seeking talented workers to fill available jobs. And our area is trying to figure out how to stop the “brain drain.”
I’ve heard these problems refined even further. Businesses (and parents) lament that our best and brightest young people go away to college and never come back home because they don’t think we have outstanding career opportunities. But the opportunities exist and companies are looking.
They’re not talking about the well-documented shortage of production workers. They’re talking about positions in accounting, engineering, planning, marketing and other positions that require some college coursework.

Let’s see if I have this right. Area companies have unfilled positions for workers that have had at least some college. College graduates are moving away because they don’t think there are good jobs in the area for college graduates.
It doesn’t require a degree in matchmaking to see there could be a good fit.
Internship programs are the key. Several companies in the area have discovered that internship programs bring skilled college students into the workplace while they are still students. The company gets a quality worker for a defined length of time. The student gets experience and, frequently, relevant college credit. Then when the term is over, if a job is available, the company has the inside track to hiring the student full time.
Of course, it is a little more complicated than that. Fortunately, there is a lot of support for internship programs.
The Greater Elkhart Chamber is partnering with Enfocus to host a workshop on internship programs for area companies. The workshop is Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Elkhart Chamber, 418 S Main St. Check for more information and registration details. In addition to learning about the importance of internships to the companies and communities, attendees will learn how to set up an account in Indiana INTERNnet.
INTERNnet is another important support system for internships in the area. I’ll oversimplify and say it works as a dating service for potential interns looking for companies and companies looking for potential interns. It works on a statewide basis. This is important because while some students go “away” to a college that is only 15 miles down the road, other area students go much farther away. But both kinds of students come home for the summer and are looking for relative experience.
Our Chamber has tried to promote INTERNnet in the past with limited success. We are pleased to work with Enfocus on this latest promotion. Enfocus is a relatively new organization that is focused on bringing and keeping great talent in the local workforce.

Our colleagues at The South Bend Regional Chamber have been working on promoting internships for a long time. They have a friendly staff person dedicated to workforce development and internships.
Colleges in the region are happy to work with businesses and students to find a good fit. They are always looking for companies that are willing to offer quality programs.
The Elkhart Chamber has worked with college interns in the past. In fact, we have a current opening for a journalism or marketing student who would like great experience in written communications. We’ll even pay.
Personally, I owe my professional career to an internship. When I was a student at Ball State, I applied for a political science internship at the Indiana Statehouse. At the end of session, I was offered a job. That has developed a working group of friends and contacts that serve me to this day. I like to think it served the Indiana Statehouse too.
Take a look at your own operations and see if you could benefit from a bright student who will help your company. Hopefully, while that student is learning more about a chosen career, they will learn to love your company and this community.
Kyle Hannon is president and CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at