The Essential Forklift Safety Checklist

Like all machinery, forklifts are best handled with proper training to ensure the safety of the operator and all surrounding workers. Employers and light industrial employees can follow these safety guidelines for proper use of a forklift. Eight forklift safety tips: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the following safety standards for all forklift operators: Enter the forklift carefully. Do not jump aboard. Take care not to hit your head on the overhead cage. Be sure your shoes and hands are free from grease to avoid slipping as you get in. Don’t grab the steering wheel for support—this… Read more »

6 Low-Cost Ways to Show Employees You Appreciate Them

Good employees make a business. Keeping them happy and productive (not to mention just keeping them) drives profitability and makes your life infinitely easier. The obvious way to communicate your appreciation is with money. Even with all the talk of team work and the general affection you have for your workers, your relationship remains fiscal at its heart. They work. You pay. But as much as you may want to give everyone a raise, there’s a practical limit. Good employees are almost by definition underpaid, as they produce so much hidden value that it’s almost impossible to fully compensate them… Read more »

Five Tips to Help You Reduce Workers’ Compensation Claims From Warehouse Employees

Are you experiencing increased workers’ compensation costs? Beyond regular premiums, you may have indirect costs due to accidents and injuries (and the associated claims). In addition, when employees go out on disability, you must train replacements and adjust your schedule—which can be time-consuming and costly. The key is making your workplace safer to reduce the number of on-the-job incidents. You can take the following steps to ensure safety is top-of-mind for your workers: Create a safety plan. This is a manual all employees can refer to that outlines all safety policies and procedures, how to properly operate machinery, what to… Read more »

Stress Can Increase Safety Risks. Here’s How to Manage It on the Job

In small quantities, stress can actually be good for you. It helps you rise to the occasion and bring your “A” game. However, chronic long-term stress is a drain on your system and can lead to health concerns. It can also be dangerous on the job, as it robs you of focus, morale and energy. It’s important to be able to handle stress so you can breathe easy and do your best. In a labor or construction setting, you need to be alert at all times to the equipment you’re using and the work environment around you. When you’re stressed… Read more »

Want a Work Site Supervisor Job? Here’s What You Need to Do

There’s a lot of advantages to a career in the construction business. The question becomes: How to make the most of the opportunity? The industry isn’t going anywhere – and that’s not something that can be said about a lot of sectors. Lots of other jobs can get shipped overseas: manufacturing, customer service, even certain finance and medical positions. But not construction (you might someday get replaced by a robot, but that’s a different story). This makes construction a potential growth industry. To move up (i.e., make more money and secure improved benefits) getting into management is key. How to… Read more »

Do You Have an Workplace Emergency Preparedness Plan?

As an employer, you can take steps to ensure your employees are safe during working hours. However, certain situations are outside your control. To address emergencies such as fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, riots or other general workplace disturbances, it helps to have an emergency preparedness plan in place. This way, you can introduce step-by-step procedures designed to reduce the chance of injury and keep your workers safe in the event of emergencies. Emergency preparedness tips To build your emergency preparedness plan, just follow these best practices from LaborMAX, a leading provider of labor staffing solutions: Introducing and managing safety procedures.… Read more »

Anticipate (And Avoid!) Potential Site Hazards

Construction workers face potential job-site hazards, more so than employees in other industries. Due to the nature of the job, and the tools and materials used in construction, workers are at risk for serious injury or even death when accidents occur. As an employer, you must take steps to help your laborers identify and avoid work-site hazards, protecting their safety. Five Common Hazardous Situations (And How to Keep Workers Safe!) In construction, there is always a risk for job-site hazards. Below are five of the most common and how to prevent them. “Height” work. Construction workers may find themselves being… Read more »

How to Manage a Contract Employee

Temporary workers offer obvious benefits. They provide additional flexibility for your organization, open a way to control costs and offer a potential pool of talent to draw on for future full-time hires. That said, unlocking the full potential of contract employees can involve some finesse. Since their incentives and schedules are different from your full-timers, they pose some different managerial challengers. How to Manage Contract Employees Make Them Feel Like Part of the Team Sometimes it’s hard to integrate temporary workers into the culture of a company. As their title of “temp” implies, they are often in your office for… Read more »

Is Your Management Style Holding Your Team Back?

How you interact with your team can have a significant impact on productivity. You can motivate. You can inspire. You can foster efficiency and good spirits. Or things can go the other way. You can hinder production, foment bad feelings and provide an unnecessary and unwelcome distraction. The problem: You can’t always tell which is happening in the moment. Obviously, your goal is to create the best environment possible to run your business. But how can you correct course if you see things aren’t clicking? What can you do to improve your management style? Types of Management Depending on who… Read more »

Construction Workplace Safety Checklist: Seven Areas to Account For

Everyone wants to return home from a hard day’s work safe and sound. That’s why construction site safety is important for everyone involved on the job. Seven construction safety steps to follow By following a few key safety steps, you can help make your worksite hazard-free for yourself and your co- workers: Understand your job. The first rule of safety is being prepared. Before you begin your construction job, be sure you understand what you need to do and how to properly use all equipment. If you have questions—ask! Never attempt a job you haven’t been trained for. Take your… Read more »