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April 2013

Safety in the Warehouse

How many times have you questioned the stability or capacity of the racking in your warehouse? Is the load too heavy for the beams? Does the forklift operator know how to properly place the pallet in the rack? Can the uprights withstand a collision with a forklift? These are common and very reasonable questions. Every company should focus on internal safety and have or create an internal safety committee to address these concerns. Following OSHA guidelines to the letter is still not enough to keep your employees safe. OSHA does not have regulations in place today for pallet racking, but you don’t have to go far to hear about a terrible accident that occurred with warehouse rack. Pallet rack safety is a crucial part of ... Read more
Posted by Amber on April 24th, 2013 :: Filed under: Blog,Material Handling,Safety & Security

Boston Bombings

On Monday, April 15th, our nation once again felt the repercussions of evil and hatred.  The 117th Annual Boston Marathon was the scene of two homemade bombs that detonated within seconds of each other.  Three people were killed, and hundreds more were injured.  During the frenzy, thousands of heroes emerged: first responders who ran towards the blasts, EMS and medical personnel who spent countless hours helping the injured, law enforcement agencies who have been working around the clock to bring the responsible parties to justice. As senseless and horrible as this tragedy is, it seems to have brought the best out of people.  There are countless stories of residents offering up their homes to strangers who need a place to stay, providing food and beverages to the ... Read more
Posted by Amber on April 18th, 2013 :: Filed under: Blog,History

Meal, Ready to Eat

MRE contents You may have heard of MREs, or Meals Ready-to-Eat.  The most frequent users of MREs are members of the military, who eat them while deployed.  They are ideal because they take up very little space and last several years before spoiling. The food is all pre-cooked, put into a plastic pouch, and the pouch is sealed.  Once it’s sealed, it’s heated for sterilization purposes.  Because the food has been sealed and heated, bacteria cannot get in and spoil the food. Each MRE provides around 1,200 calories and can be eaten for up to 21 days straight.  They may not be the most ideal meals, but they do provide nutrition when traditional eating facilities are unavailable. The photo above illustrates what a typical MRE looks like.  ... Read more
Posted by Amber on April 10th, 2013 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

A Real American Hero

Colonel Bob Howard (1939 – 2009) was one of the most decorated United States Army Soldiers in modern times.  He served our country for over 50 years, serving 5 tours of duty in Vietnam and numerous other tours throughout his years. Col. Howard was wounded 14 times in a 54 month period, which contributed to his numerous awards from the military.  He received 8 Purple Hearts, 4 Bronze Stars, several Silver Stars, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor on three separate occasions. Despite being nominated three times, individuals can only receive the Medal of Honor once during their lives.  Col. Howard received his from President Nixon in 1971 for his heroic actions during a rescue mission in Vietnam. Thank you, Col. Howard, for ... Read more
Posted by Amber on April 3rd, 2013 :: Filed under: Blog,Military