What is a handrail kick-plate and is it really necessary? A kick-plate, or toe-board, is placed at the bottom of your handrail system by your toes, where your feet would kick it – hence the name. Kick-plates, while very common, are not standard, or automatically included as part of a handrail system. So, when are kick-plates necessary? Do you have to put them on your handrail system? The answer is both yes and no, depending on the situation.
The reason to install a handrail system is safety and the prevention of accidents and falls. The same is true for kick-plates; they are installed for safety and the same reasons as the handrail system itself. If your handrail is near an edge and the potential exists for something to fall off that edge and injure someone, then a kick plate is necessary. Consider any areas where you have installed a handrail. Is the handrail near an edge? Could a tool fall off this edge and hurt someone? If the answer is yes, then a kick-plate is necessary. Read more »
Facility cleanliness and appearance play a direct role in the health of your business. It’s not just the look of your offices, lobbies and store fronts regularly seen by customers, but also the cleanliness and appearance of industrial areas, warehouses and manufacturing plants, not typically seen by the public. A clean industrial facility may seem like a pie in the sky idea, but there are solid business reasons to make this a corporate goal. Read more »
Each year we see tens of thousands of workplace accidents related to forklifts and other powered industrial trucks; accidents that are often caused by lack of safe operating procedures and lax safety enforcement. Most of these accidents involve employee injuries and property damage – both a high price to pay, much higher than the cost of prevention.
The first rule of safety, not only for forklift operators but for all workers, is training and education. Human error plays a huge role in workplace accidents. Read more »
Two things that all plants, factories, warehouses and distribution centers have in common are the needs for efficiency and safety. Businesses across the United States are doing more with less; they are maximizing productivity while minimizing expenses. This minimization includes cutting down on facility space and improving efficiencies so that more can get done in a smaller space and in less time. Read more »