3 Steps To Finding & Fixing Warehouse Hazards

Finding and fixing hazards in the warehouse. Warehouse safety prevention plans from W.W. Cannon in Dallas TX.

Finding & Fixing Warehouse Hazards

Day-to-day warehouse operations present an array of potential hazards for your warehouse workers.  According to OSHA, the top hazards that cause work-related injuries and fatalities are:

  • Unsafe use of forklifts
  • Improper stacking of products
  • Failure to use proper personal protective equipment
  • Failure to follow proper lockout/tagout procedures
  • Repetitive motion injuries

So, it actually saves you time and money in the long run to invest in a regularly scheduled Safety Analysis along with a routine Preventative Maintenance Plan.

Three Steps To Safety – Identify, Plan & Control

Our role as material handling equipment specialists is to provide you with an awareness of any equipment hazards and educate you on how to maintain safety in your work environment.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 – Identify, Plan & Control!

1. Identify

Identify a need for equipment safety and routine maintenance. Is there daily wear and tear on your equipment?  Have you ever had to rig something to make it work?  Have you ever questioned the safety of some equipment?  Minor accident or two that could’ve been prevented with a few steps?

Start now – you can prevent accidents and breakdowns before they happen.  Find a qualified warehouse maintenance partner with a certified team – like us!  We’ll create for your specific work environment, customized, documented procedures for safety inspections, routine maintenance, along with emergency plans and needed education for your workers.

2. Plan

A comprehensive safety analysis provides the foundation for a plan. Identifying potential hazards with your equipment and operations keeps you ahead of the game by preventing accidents and downtime due to equipment breakdown.

Ensuring a safe working environment is a proactive, ongoing process which requires a team who understands industrial equipment and its unique usage patterns, challenges, and common hazards.  For instance, loading docks require an experienced eye looking for malfunctioning equipment, loose industrial door tracks, or lack of collision awareness products in high traffic areas.  Conveyor systems require a different set of solutions to avoid pinch points and awkward repetitive worker motions.  With material and pallet storage, one should be looking for properly balanced loads and well-anchored equipment. Working at heights over 4’ requires a knowledge of proper fall protection.

Our experienced team of material handling specialists can provide you with a safety and preventative maintenance plan that makes sense.  They’ll conduct a thorough walk-through of your dock and storage facility while studying your work operations.  They’ll collect, review, and record the working condition of all related equipment and go over findings with you upon completion.  You’ll be provided with a detailed written report explaining what they found along with suggested preventative solutions.

3. Control

Prevention is worth a pound of cure! Once you’re equipped with the documented condition of your equipment, you’ll have more control over how to handle safety within your work areas. You’ll also be better equipped to prioritize preventative maintenance, repairs and/or replacement of your equipment.

Ultimately, our common goal is to ensure that every worker goes home to their family safe and sound – after every shift.  We recommend you start today with our no-obligation walk-through of your facility to review existing equipment with you.

Contact us today!For most customers on our Preventative Maintenance Plans, our site visit range is within a 50-mile radius of zip code 75220.  Contact us today to find out if you’re within our service area. 800-442-3061

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Happy & Safe 4th of July from W.W. Cannon

Happy 4th of July Celebration 2017 from W.W. Cannon in Dallas TX

The 4th of July is a great day for our country.
In every human breast, God has implanted a principle which we call love of freedom. However, the freedom that we enjoy today would not have been possible without the dedication and sacrifice of many. The United States of America truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave so with great respect, let’s give honor this July 4th to the men and women who have dedicated and sacrificed their lives for our freedom!!
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
In honor of our Independence Day celebration, W.W. Cannon will be closed on July 4th.
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Preventative Maintenance Q&A – Keeping Dock & Doors in Peak Performance

Preventative Maintenance Plans for Dock Equipment & Industrial Doors in Dallas TX

Ever Wished You Would’ve Done Something… Before It Broke?

Everyone knows what a pain it is having to repair or replace equipment that hasn’t been properly maintained – plus the unwanted expense and downtime. And we all wish we would have taken those proper steps to maintain – after our equipment breaks down. Moving gears, rollers, engines, bolts, cables, tracks – all incur wear and tear over time.  Just like your own vehicle, atv, or garage door, they all need proper maintenance to ensure safety and extend the life of the machinery.

For most companies, your dock equipment works the hardest – and gets hit the hardest. Dock seals and overhead doors are susceptible to impact from forklift trucks and pallet jacks plus wear and tear of everyday grind on springs or tracks. Dock levelers get a fair share of abuse as well as debris accumulating in the pit over busy seasons. High speed doors and curtain dividers eventually start to have hardware issues from daily use. Bolts become loose, guides get bent, and the fabric can tear from developing cracks. These all pose safety hazards which if not addressed, fixed or replaced will cause issues for you.

A good way to prevent workplace accidentsand get rid of that sinking feeling that you should be doing something – is by being proactive with a routine, scheduled Preventative Maintenance Plan customized by certified technicians for your operations.

Preventative Maintenance Plans – Keeping In Peak Performance

A regularly planned checkup of the overall health of your dock equipment and industrial doors should keep you from malfunctions for continued safe operations.  Our certified, trained technicians focus on keeping your dock and doors in peak condition at all times vs. only responding to a needed repair. Industrial Door Preventative Maintenance Flyer – PDF
Dock Leveler Preventative Maintenance Flyer – PDF

Preventative Maintenance Q&A

What kinds of equipment are typically covered?WESTERN PACIFIC.AFTER

  • Industrial doors (high speed roll up, freezer, clean room doors, etc.)
  • Overhead dock doors
  • Loading dock equipment (dock levelers, dock seals, dock restraints, gates, etc.)
  • Industrial curtain walls and dividers
  • Additional warehouse and manufacturing facility equipment

What types of repairs are included in the PMP?Dock and Door

  • Dock and industrial doors
    • Check rollers and hinges, springs, and panel replacement
    • Track surfaces are cleaned and free of obstructions
    • Greasing and maintenance on all moving parts
    • Bolts and fasteners are correctly tightened
    • Repair broken door drum and bearings
    • Align and balance doors plus full door replacements
    • Check internal gears and moving parts
    • Replace frayed door cables, and open ‘hot’ lines to prevent fire hazard
    • Install and repair commercial opener and jacks shafts
    • Check electrical connections and operator rails

  • Dock levelers, seals, and under-leveler seals
    • Pit clean out – remove all debris
    • Lubricate parts
    • Adjust hold down box
    • Check and tighten electrical or hydraulic connections

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    • Inspect all weld points for cracks or breaks
    • Adjust drive chain tension
    • Check drive motor and gearbox for wear and damage
    • Inspect hook and hook-shaft for wear and damage
    • Lubricate and clean

What’s included in each preventative maintenance inspection?Dock door bug screens up - dock door protection in Dallas TX

  • Routine scheduling customized to your needs by certified, trained technicians
  • Comprehensive evaluation of dock equipment and industrial doors
  • Detailed checklist after every visit showing summary of equipment
  • Equipment numbered and logged by type, brand, size, and model
  • Complete preventative maintenance report that complies with OSHA
  • Preventative maintenance and onsite cleaning
  • Recommended repairs/replacements are quoted for your review and approval

Are there other benefits to having a PMP?

  • Complimentary follow-up to ensure your needs have been met
  • ‘On Call’ priority service for emergencies
  • Preferred pricing on parts, labor, and equipment
  • Training for safe operation of equipment
  • Detailed records of inspections, evaluations and solutions

There are a few other benefits when you partner with W.W. Cannon.  You gain a lifelong service, installation and equipment partner who strives to be the BEST at providing excellent service to all of our customers.

How often will a certified tech be scheduled to come out?

Depending upon the amount of use and abuse your equipment takes, scheduled maintenance could be on a monthly basis or once per year.  Plans will be customized to your specific operational needs by one of our certified technicians.

Contact us today!To determine the best Preventative Maintenance Plan for your dock equipment, industrial doors and curtain walls, contact us or call for consultation. 800-442-3061

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Quick In-Plant Office Install Video & Guardrail Pricing for a Safe Workplace

Watch How Fast Modular Offices Go Up 

Starrco Modular Office Solutions make it easy to expand, reconfigure or relocate your enclosure. No down time with our pre-engineered modular offices while our installation team works FAST from start to clean-up!

Protect your Modular Office, equipment and employees with heavy duty guard rail and safety products. View and download Guardrail Options & Pricing PDF – IN-STOCK in Dallas TX.


Our experienced material handling installation teams deliver quick turn-key installation! We are OSHA compliant, fully insured and deliver increased capabilities. Our friendly, courteous, conscientious staff are detailed down to thorough clean-up, with no mess left!

Starrco Modular Offices Installation Including Guardrail System. Our turn-key services deliver confidence, satisfaction and security.

Contact us today!Contact us for info on In-Plant Offices, Guardrail, and Design &  Installation services or call 800-442-3061 to speak with a systems expert.

In-Plant Office on 2-Story Mezzanine Work Platform

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Top 8 Safety Products to Protect Against Forklift Damage

Forklift Collision Damage - Top 8 Safety Products in Dallas TXJune 13, 2017 is National Forklift Safety Day so we’d like to create awareness for some of our favorite collision prevention solutions.

Forklift accidents are at the top of the list for potential hazards in most distribution centers and warehouses.  Collision accidents are quite common so it remains a high priority to safeguard pedestrians and equipment in facilities where any type of industrial lift trucks are used.  Thousands of workers are injured every year due to operator negligence or lack of safety provision.

Top accidents involving workers include: Worker/forklift collisions – Load falls onto worker – Driver trapped between forklift and object – Forklift drives off loading dock.

Poor operator judgement and lack of proper operator training account for a portion of forklift accidents. So it’s important to find a good safety training program for your truck operators and make it a company policy to renew certifications on a regular basis.  Having your lift trucks routinely inspected and maintained is another must in upholding safety within your facility.

Then there are factors that create accident prone conditions: poor lighting, high noise levels, little or no traffic control, excessive speeds, and insufficient aisle space.  So it’s equally important that the work area must also be safeguarded to promote the highest success in safety.

Our Top 8 Collision Prevention Products

If you’re operating forklifts or industrial lift equipment in your facility, we highly recommend the following equipment for well-rounded protection of your work area.

Safety GuardrailSafety products for collision damage prevention in warehouses and distribution centers - Dallas TX

Promote a safe and efficient work environment by installing guardrail perimeter barriers.  Withstands 10,000 lbs. of impact with proper installation.  Protects in-plant buildings, expensive equipment, and defines pedestrian walkways.

Pedestrian Barriers

Clearly separate and define walkways and safe walk areas with pedestrian barriers. Ability to quickly identify safe walk areas from dangerous traffic areas. Cost effective solution.

Post Protectors

Keep your pallet rack and products intact – post protectors anchor to the floor to prevent damage from forklift collision. End-Of-Aisle protectors available for the full width of your rack upright.

Pallet Rack Safety Netting

Protect the workers under your products with pallet rack safety nets – reduce the safety hazard of falling items into the work area. Cost effective, durable solution.

Steel Bollards

Protects dock doors, equipment, buildings from collision damage. Steel bollards are sturdy and effectively absorbs impact.

Safety Gates  –

Helps to prevent heavy equipment or products from rolling off your dock. Safety gates provide controlled access and helps to direct safe pedestrian traffic.

Safety Lights & Mirrors

Provide proper lighting and visual cues to commonly hazardous areas with safety lights and mirrors. Easy to mount on installed dock arms.  LED energy efficient lighting available.

Collision Awareness

Improve critical communication between truck drivers and dock workers. Collison awareness products provide clear signals instantly recognized as ‘stop and go’.  Creates awareness at blind intersections or overhead areas.

Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent and potentially avoid forklift related accidents – and making your facility safe for workers, pedestrians, and equipment is something we specialize in.

Contact us for safety consultation and an assessment of your workspace – we’ll help you get your facility on the right track.

Contact us today!
or call us today at 800.442.3061.
We look forward to assisting you.

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Forklift Collision Protection – Guardrail Stops 10,000 LB Of Force

Forklift Collision Protection - National Safety Awareness banner imageJune is National Safety Month. We take safety very seriously as I’m sure you do and thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about protecting your equipment and personnel against forklift collision.

Image of forklift collision damage to brick wallForklift accidents happen more often than anyone would like to admit. Forklift operators have a lot to pay attention to. Not only are they expected to work safely, but they also must keep up with productivity.  Due to busyness, blind spots, and unprotected areas, accidents will happen. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent and potentially avoid forklift accidents.

DSV is a global transport and warehouse logistics company which delivers cargo anywhere in the world by air, sea, road and rail. So you can imagine their warehouse floor is a very active area with over 20 forklifts running constantly, flying around the facility, picking up and dropping off pallets.

Electric panel wall now protected by guardrail in Dallas TXWithin the facility, the brick wall housing the electric panel and inplant office are situated next to busy dock doors.  A forklift operator backed into the inner brick wall, as they were leaving the dock – which took out a chunk of wall.  Fortunately the damage was minor and no one was injured.  (Picture to right shows forklift collision damage which occured before the guardrail solution.)

After a thorough safety evaluation, we suggested a wall of defense with heavy duty guardrail to:

  1. Protect the wall and inplant office
  2. Create an aisle between the wall and guard rail so people could walk safety
  3. Prevent the electrical panel from being damaged

In-plant office protected by guardrail in Dallas TXOur In-Stock selection of guardrail, after being properly installed, is engineered to withstand a 10,000 pound impact at 4 mph. Ensuring the people and equipment within your facility will remain protected from traffic accidents and other hazards. Guardrail is used to safeguard conveyor systems, manufacturing equipment, electrical panels, computer stations, staircases and walkways, in-plant offices, first aid and restroom areas, or anywhere else crash protection is required.

Now with the increased safety to the facility, equipment and pedestrian walk ways, UTI/DSV benefits from a safer working environment protecting people, products, profits – securely and reliably.

Guardrail Special Pricing PDF – View or download our PDF chart of current guardrail special pricing effective June 1, 2017.

Contact us today!
or call us today at 800.442.3061 for safety consultation and planning.  We look forward to assisting you.

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2017 Memorial Day – Honoring All Who Served

2017 Memorial DayWe recognize Memorial Day as a very solemn event, remembering and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation. Remember, honor, and never forget.
In honor of Memorial Day, W.W. Cannon’s offices will be closed on Monday, May 29.
Take a look at how Memorial Day started and how it’s become a national holiday honoring soldiers all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
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WAYST No Space With Modular In-Plant Offices

What Are You Selling Today by Greg Brown, President of W.W. Cannon in Dallas TXWAYST-What Are You Selling Today – Seriously, waste no space or time with a modular in-plant office solution from Starrco.

Greg Brown, President of W.W. Cannon, is off to Houston TX to provide a custom solution for one of our manufacturing clients serving the energy industry.

Guard Rail and Starrco BldgTheir growing needs required a solution for office space to accomodate additional employees without permanent construction.  Within a busy company, rapid turnaround plus very little production interruption on their manufacturing floor was a top priority.  Starrco modular office buildings provided just the solution.  Easily relocated office structures with unlimited flexibility to respond quickly to evolving needs.  All building systems are easy to configure, relocate, assemble and wire.

Taking advantage of the facility’s ceiling height, the new modular office space will be located on a Cogan mezzanine steel storage platform within the manufacturing plant floor giving them additional space above and below.  Rows of steel shelving manufactured by Rousseau Metal will be part of the solution to provide for their growing storage needs.

Modular In-Plant Building Features:

  • wwc.Installation Team - Starrco InstallShipped to your facility, ready to be assembled.
  • Vinyl covered gypsum board walls give a professional, clean appearance.
  • Panels need no mud, sanding, painting (translated: less mess and limited work disruption).
  • Typical installation – 1 Day for a 12′ x 12′ (144 sqft) office – 3-4 Days for a 30′ x 12′ (288 sqft) three room office.
  • Aluminum extrusion framing does not rot or corrode, is strong and can be engineered to have a load bearing storage platform roof or can be 2-story system.
  • Electric “plug and play” system includes receptacles and lighting with pre-wired breakers.  System easy to unplug/plug back in when relocating structure.
  • Considered tangible property, there is a significant tax benefit.  Tangible property is depreciated over a 7 year period.

“Houston is a wonderful town that powers America. I don’t think there is anything more American than what you see in Houston and STARRCO’s Modular Office Buildings.” says W.W. Cannon President Greg Brown. “Remember to WAYST your time.”

Read more on how to WAYST time (What Are You Selling Today) by President Greg Brown.

Contact us today!or call us today at 800.442.3061 for more information on modular buildings or space saving consultation.

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Relieve Heat Stress and Fatigue: Prevent Heat Related Hazards


Heat related injuries can be prevented by using the unique High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) Fan System. Increased, consistent air flow relieves heat stress and fatigue, as well as reduce the perceived temperature by 10˚ to 15˚F.BG_HVLS_Fans_FalconIII_300px_1

The Eagle VI moves air with less energy. Lower energy costs up to 30% with the Eagle VI six-airfoil system. Air velocity is increased in the hot summer months and de-stratifies hot air pockets in the winter.

Limited space? No worries!  The Falcon III, which is built for smaller areas, may be right for you. If you have a compact environment, consider the Blue Giant Falcon III system to optimize temperatures.

Eagle VI – Six blade fan from 12′ – 24′ blades designed to increase air velocity.

Falcon III – Three blades from 6′ – 14′ moves air up to 12′ in small to medium areas.AutoPilot_MultiFanController_300px

AutoPilot – All fans can operate together or separately with the AutoPilot remote control.

With the LCD touchscreen display panel users can adjust individual fan speeds and change fan rotation with just one touch.

For added safety, the AutoPilot controls tie into the building fire system and will shut down in case of an emergency.

Fan Sizes & Styles To Fit All

Many industrial and commercial size fans and styles are available for warehouses, manufacturing centers, auto dealerships, and retail facilities.

Expect to enjoy:
• Comfortable work environment
• Reduce existing HVAC run time
• Increase productivity
• Lower energy costs by 30%

Contact us at 800.442.3061 for pricing and additional information on the HVLS fan system or material handling projects.

Contact us today!

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Live Demo – Mobile Fall Arrest System Road Ranger – May 2017 Newsletter

gorbel-mobile-fall-arrest-systemSchedule Your Live Demo!

Demonstration of the Mobile Fall Arrest System until May 19, 2017.

Fall Protection On-The-Go

Versatile fall arrest anchor system safely allows fall protection anywhere you need it – on the spot – indoors or outdoors.

Easy to transport to and around job sites. Towed safely on highways up to 65 mph.

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Mobile Fall Protection ButtonAppointment times are still available by appointment only. Contact Doug Hutchins at 214-538-5598 or 214-357-2846.

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