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OSHA Cites 2017 Workplace Fall Hazards As Leading Cause of Deaths & Injuries

2018 Fall Hazard Prevention in the Workplace by W.W. Cannon in Dallas TXAccording to OSHA, fall hazards were the 2017 leading cause of worker deaths and lost-workday injuries.

4th Qtr in 2017, OSHA announced its Top 10 Safety Violations.  The list identifies top workplace safety issue violations cited from Oct 1, 2016 to Sep 30, 2017.  For the 6th year in a row, Fall Protection violations have been at the top of the list.  Falls are #1 on the list again in 2017 with more than 6000 citations issued for slips, trips and fall hazards.  According to OSHA, falls were the 2017 leading cause of worker deaths and lost-workday injuries!  Sounds like a growing problem.

New to the 2017 top 10 safety violations list were citations for Fall Protection Training.  This includes failure to train workers on the following:

  • Fall and equipment hazards
  • Fall protection equipment use
  • Fall protection equipment maintenance

Most of the citations are a direct result of OSHA’s recently issued Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards put into effect in 2017.  This required companies to perform work environment safety inspections, provide updated fall protection equipment as well as thorough fall protection training.

This updated standard seeks to protect modern workers in evolving work environments.  OSHA’s final rule:

  • Eliminates the hazard of workers climbing extended heights on fixed ladders without fall protection by phasing out the use of qualified climbers in outdoor advertising
  • Phases in a requirement that fixed ladders (over 24 feet) be equipped with ladder safety or personal fall protection systems to prevent workers from falling or arresting their fall before contact with a lower level
  • Provides performance criteria for personal fall protection equipment in general industry, similar to the criteria that have been in OSHA’s construction industry rules since 1994
  • Requires the use of body harnesses, and prohibits body belts, in personal fall arrest systems to distribute fall arrest forces over a larger area of a worker’s body
  • Requires workers who use personal fall protection and other equipment the standard covers be trained, and retrained as necessary, in fall and equipment hazards before they work at elevated heights or use that equipment, including fall protection systems
  • Read more on OSHA’s Fall Protection Final Rule FAQs

So What Do You Need To Do?

Out with the old and in with the new – let’s go into 2018 with purpose and prevention.

  1. If your fall equipment is outdated or you’re wondering if it’s something you need in order to protect your employees, set up a complimentary workplace safety inspection today. We specialize in fall protection systems and workplace safety – we’ll help you find a cost-effective plan to keep your workers safe while complying with OSHA and best-practice safety standards.
  2.  Fall protection systems are not a DIY project.  In order to ensure compliance with safety regulations, qualified and trained installation technicians are needed. Our technicians and installation crews service and install fall protection systems all day long – it’s what we do.  You can rest assured that the equipment will be installed correctly, safely – the first time.
  3. Once your Fall Arrest System has been inspected and/or updated to ensure compliancy, proper equipment training must be provided for all designated employees and documented.  No need to worry. Our specialists will provide all the training and documentation you need for any Fall Protection Harness Systems we provide.  If you require retraining, we take care of that too. Preview one of our training videos by fall protection specialist and Warehouse Lifeguard, Doug HutchinsFall Protection Training Video.

Given the rise of Fall Protection safety violations, it’s become a high priority for OSHA in 2018.  We all know this will most likely lead to new standards in 2018 which compel companies to comply with safer work equipment and practices.  Please contact us with any questions you may have on workplace safety and compliance with standards.  That’s what we’re here for, to help you get what you need.

Read our case study about how we helped our friends at an RV Service Center protect their employees with best-practice fall protection system.

Contact us today!

We can assist you in achieving your safety goals by finding the best-practice solution for you.  Call us at 1-800-442-3061 to set up an appointment.

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On The Road To A Better You: 2018 Company Weight Loss Challenge

2018 W.W. Cannon Weight Loss Challenge Banner

Hit the road running with a new year and new start!  With obesity rates at an all-time high, one of the best ways to improve our health is through weight loss.  This sparked a desire to improve the health of our entire team with our company-wide 2018 Weight Loss Challenge!

W.W. Cannon is making it fun by getting our team motivated with one thing that fuels us all – $$$$$!  Positive encouragement, a great support system, and a few incentives can ensure your success!  Here’s how we’re doing it.

2018 Weight Loss Challenge Rules and Prizes

1.      Weight Loss Challenge will last for 12 weeks beginning January 3, 2018 and will end March 28, 2018.

2.     Weekly Weigh-In – scale will be used at the office so we are all weighing in on the same scale.

3.     One $50 encouragement prize will be awarded for highest percentage of weight lost on the 4th and 8th week of the contest.

4.     Grand Prize is $500.  Grand Prize winner will be determined by who lost the highest percentage of weight over the 12 week period.

*  Actual weight will not be publicized, only the percentage of weight you lose each week and total percentage of weight lost over the entire 12 weeks.

Feel free use our ideas to start your own company Weight Loss Challenge to improve the health of your team. Let’s embarked on this challenge together and start this year with healthy routines that will keep us lean for years to come.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from W.W. Cannon

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from W.W. Cannon in Dallas TX

We hope your Christmas and 2018 New Year celebration is amazing! May the true Christmas Spirit be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year.

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Custom Designed Auto Parts Storage System for Hall Buick GMC of Tyler TX

Customized storage systems for auto parts center and collision autobody service repair centers in Dallas TXOur Client
Hall Buick GMC

Hall Buick GMC of Tyler, Texas is the largest Buick GMC dealer in East Texas. Focused on their reputation for unmatched service and for offering the most diverse selection of new and used inventory in their region, Hall Buick GMC makes it their business to provide their customers with the most outstanding car buying experience.

The Challenge
Design and Installation During Construction

Mezzanine work platform installed over existing automotive parts storage shelving units - Dallas TXBuilding on their years of success, Hall Buick GMC recently struck ground on a new and improved auto body and parts facility. As their business and reputation grew over time, they had come to realize that their existing building couldn’t handle the growth in business they were experiencing.

New construction meant they could design the perfect collision service center to accommodate their growing clientele while better organizing and laying out their auto parts storage and service.

As construction moved forward, Hall Buick GMC had not yet found a warehousing expert to partner with for the design and installation of their new parts storage. Fortunately, Rode Chambers, Automotive Specialist for W. W. Cannon, was in the neighborhood and stopped by.Mezzanine work platform installed over existing automotive parts storage shelving units - Dallas TX

“Everyone knows Hall Buick and GMC. I just happened to be going by and saw they were doing some construction,” said Chambers. “I thought I’d check in and see if they needed a hand.”

With the construction still ongoing, Hall Buick GMC took Chambers up on his offer and he sat down with the blueprints for the new parts department to assess the situation and offer a solution.

“I knew we could provide them with exactly what they wanted even though construction was still ongoing,” said Chambers.

The Solution
Listening to Their Needs and Designing to Maximize Workflow

Finished grate decking. Mezzanine work platform installed above auto parts storage shelving units - Dallas TXCustomized storage for auto parts and service centers is old hat for W.W. Cannon. Since 1938, they have been the name to trust for automotive storage solutions, material handling systems, and industrial storage equipment in Dallas TX and the surrounding region. Chambers in particular has a strong history with the automotive industry and knew exactly how to tackle this challenge.

With a clear understanding of what Hall Buick GMC needed, Chambers designed a system that stored parts in a location that allowed for a much smoother flow from storage to technician. The brand-new building meant they could keep large parts in an area of their own, easily accessible by employees and easy to move by a small fleet of carts.

To take advantage of vertical storage space, a mezzanine work platform was installed above auto parts shelving units.  Modular parts shelving, bin units, and customized auto storage equipment installed on the main floor were designed around the exact parts needed for all Hall Buick GMC customer’s automobile care.

The Result
Ready for Today and for the Future

Hall Buick GMC’s collision, auto body service and parts center is now a highly organized and custom designed storage system, making it a much more efficient player in the business.

“We developed a really good relationship and we’re looking forward to helping them in their next phase of growth,” said Chambers. “Customers of Hall Buick GMC in Tyler, Texas can expect to see their already great service get even better.”

Contact us today!

To speak with us directly, call us at 800-442-3061. We’re ready to help you with the best-practice solution for your needs.

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Mexico Ministries: Need was Greater than Sacrifice – December 2017 Newsletter

Mexico Ministries - December 2017

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The Warehouse Lifeguards – Safety Solutions for Superior Protection

Warehouse Lifeguards -Safety Solutions for superior protection of people, equipment, and profit in Dallas TX

Fall Protection was #1 out of OSHA’s most cited safety violations in 2016. So when a safety-conscious RV Service Center in Texas needed to protect its mechanics and service techs as they worked on top of RVs, it made sense to contact WW Cannon’s Doug Hutchins. Hutchins is known throughout the industry as the “Warehouse Lifeguard” and has earned a reputation for outfitting companies with the best fall protection solution for their application.Picture of Doug Hutchins - The Warehouse Lifeguard

“With every fall protection application, there’s a hierarchy of questions that I go through to identify the best-practice solution,” says Hutchins. “With the RV service center, the first thing I looked at, ‘Was there any way that they could avoid working on the roof?’ And of course, in this situation the answer was no. Then I asked, ‘Was there any room on the floor for us to build a system?’ No, not sufficient room. Since there was limited space, we had to look to the ceiling.”

Once it was determined that the fall protection system would have to be installed on the ceiling of the service center, Hutchins educated the customer on the different fall protection options available.

“There were really two types of systems our customer could have used,” says Hutchins. “The first was a wire cable system and the second was a rigid rail system. I was able to explain the benefits and differences of the two systems and once they had a good understanding of their options, it was a very easy decision.”

Fall Protection System for RV Service Center with Gorbel Ceiling Mounted Crane - Dallas TXFor this specific work environment, the rigid rail solution won out by providing numerous advantages over the wire cable system.

“The rigid rail system is a permanent solution,” Hutchins says. “It’s welded and bolted to the ceiling and it’s not coming down. With a wire cable option, if somebody were to fall, much of the wire cable system would need to be replaced. From a cost standpoint, the rigid rail may be a bit more, but since it’s a permanent system there’s no part of it that needs to be replaced after a fall. Plus, when someone does fall, they’ll only fall 4 to 6 inches before they’re caught.”

“The rigid rail allows for multiple people to be working simultaneously. They can move by each other without having to disconnect and reconnect their lanyard, which would be impossible with a wire rope system. We’ve done systems that have 20 people on those rails. And with a rigid rail system, they can start out from the floor already connected so that they’re secured when climbing up the ladder. It’s completely hands free, which allows the mechanics to focus all of their attention on the job at hand.”

Once the decision was made to move forward with the rigid rail system, there were a few challenges that needed attention.

“We needed to confirm the building could hold the system,” Hutchins says. “Some service centers are not built or made for ceiling mounted equipment. We had a structural engineer run calculations to determine how the ceiling could be reinforced in order to safely hold the new system. Adding welds to the beams and columns for reinforcement provided the solution needed to secure it.”

Another challenge was a very low ceiling. The system had to be engineered so that the mechanics could work on top of the RVs without hitting their head on the rail above.

Fall Protection System for RV Service Center with Gorbel Ceiling Mounted Crane - Dallas TX“We took the header beam and welded it as high up on the webbing of the building as possible, and installed the track underneath. We went as high as the ceiling would allow, which got us enough clearance.”  The system itself took about 2 weeks to install completely.

“WW Cannon was hired because of our complete turn-key services,” says Hutchins. “Not only did we design, layout, build and install the system, but we also went the extra mile to find the right solution to fit the unique needs of our customer.”

Once installation was complete, the WW Cannon team provided their customer with comprehensive safety training for their staff, including proper protocol during a fall.

“We helped the customer develop a rescue plan,” says Hutchins. “This is required by law. If somebody were to fall, they’d be safe due to the harness, but there has to be a procedure in place to get them down as quickly as possible. Can’t leave a person dangling and have their circulation cut off.”

With the system in place and the staff properly trained, the RV Service Center is thrilled with the end result. Hutchins and WW Cannon had once again lived up to their reputation as the Warehouse Lifeguards by providing the best-practice safety solution.

Read our Fall Protection article on the MHEDA Journal. MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) has honored W.W. Cannon with their Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award over continuous past years and again in 2017.

Contact us today!

We can assist you in achieving your goals and deliver the system requirements you need for your next project.  Call us at 1-800-442-3061 to set up an appointment.

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Giving Thanks in 2017

2017 Thanksgiving Day Banner from W.W. Cannon in Dallas TX

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day!

W.W. Cannon will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 24. 

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Mission Arlington: Support and Giving Back to Others – November 2017 Newsletter

Mission Arlington: Support and Giving Back to Others

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Liberty comes at a price – Thank You Veterans!

In honor of Veteran's Day 2017Liberty comes at a price and the men and women who serve our country are willing to pay that price for our freedom and for peace.

Let us remember all the sacrifices made my our military so that we could have a safer life. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them.

Today, we thank you, we salute you, we honor you Veterans!

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