Rite Hite http://ritehite.com/blog/ Connect with Rite Hite to receive the latest industry news and updates en-us Know Your Risks at the Loading Dock: Whole-Body Vibration http://ritehite.com/blog/blog-2/know-your-risks-at-the-loading-dock-whole-body-vibration/ The loading dock is a fast paced environment with many highly repetitive processes. Depending on the facility, a forklift operator may travel from the facility floor, across a dock leveler, and into the bed of a trailer hundreds of times each week. This repeatedly transmits vibrations from the floor of the vehicle, through the seat suspension, and into the skeletal system of the forklift operator. This phenomenon is known as Dock Shock or Whole Body Vibration (WBV). How does WBV put your employees and company at risk? Worker Injury: According to NIOSH, an estimated 6 million American workers are regularly exposed to whole-body vibration – exceeding more than two hours a day. This has been linked to adverse health effects, including lower back pain – the most common ailment associated with WBV, musculoskeletal, and digestive problems.1  Lower back pain is one of the most common neurological ailments in the U.S. – second only to headaches***.... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:41:30 +0000 How to Contain Hazards and Protect Your Employees http://ritehite.com/blog/blog-2/contain-hazards-and-protect-your-employees/ Today, successful industrial guarding requires understanding and applying codes and regulations, assessing risk, validating the safety system and its components, and applying prevailing machine guarding choices. Although many guarding methods and products are available, not all can be applied universally. Understanding Codes and Regulations OSHA codes are the rule book that MUST be followed.  Understanding the “rules” set forth by OSHA and related specific referenced regulations will assure you that your company is providing a safe work environment.  OSHA Title 29 CFR 1910.132 (d) (2) requires employers verify that a REQUIRED workplace hazard assessment has been performed through written certification that identifies the work place has been evaluated.  To build on the Risk Assessment requirements the OSHA General Duties Clause states each employer shall furnish employees a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are or could cause death... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:29:13 +0000 The Glaring Problem at Your Loading Dock http://ritehite.com/blog/blog-2/the-glaring-problem-at-your-loading-dock/ You need a way to ship and receive goods so you have loading dock positions, which are effectively large holes (9’x10’ or 10’x10’) in your facility wall. With a truck in place and the door open, large spaces surround all sides of the trailer where wind, rain, dust, bugs and other contaminants can enter your facility and expensive energy can escape. So you’ve invested in a dock seal or shelter to help minimize the gaps around the truck trailer. Yet, you still are able to see areas of light on the sides, in the corners, and along the top. These areas of light indicate gaps that are allowing good things to leave your facility and bad things to enter it. Getting a good fit around all sides of a trailer has been a big challenge – until now. In a single piece of equipment, the Eclipse dock shelter provides a tight seal across the trailer top, all the way up the sides, and at the corners. Sealing the Top Along the top of the trailer, an exclusive weighted head curtain... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00:30 +0000 Download: HVLS Fans White Paper http://ritehite.com/blog/blog-2/download-hvls-fans-white-paper/ What is a HVLS fan?  While the purpose of a HVLS fan is similar to that of a traditional ceiling fan, HVLS fans can measure up to twenty four feet in diameter and one fan can cover up to 22,000 square feet.  HVLS fans slowly circulate a large amount of air in a very large space.  Air is pulled from above the fan and pushed down in a conical shape to the floor below.  Air travels in this cone shape until it hits the floor and then moves in a horizontal stream away from the diameter of the fan. It is the shape, not the number of blades that generates the large volume of air movement needed for an effective HVLS fan.  Maximum air volume is delivered when there is a consistent amount of air movement across the entire diameter of the fan. Originally designed to keep dairy cattle cool, HVLS fans are now being used in warehouses, distribution centers, gymnasiums, and a variety of other applications. HVLS fans have benefits year-round.  They keep people cool in the summer and in... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:03:05 +0000