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August 2019 Transportation Safety Calendar

Transportation Safety covers all types of vehicles, and includes both occupational and non-occupational hazards associated with them. 

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2019 August Warehouse Safety Calendar

Warehouses are statistically one of the most dangerous places to work, and the added tasks of operating heavy machinery and transporting large objects do not make it safer. In 2017, there were approximately 209,000 non-fatal occupational injuries in the transportation and warehousing industry in the private sector according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. The even bigger number is the days away from work that still costs company's money when the employee isn't present. In 2017 alone, there were over 20,000 days away from work related to injuries by warehouse workers.

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August 2019 Maintenance Safety Calendar

Regular maintenance is required to keep all equipment, machines and the work environment safe and reliable at all times in the warehouse. Dangerous situations, accidents and health problems can occur as a result of not conducting proper maintenance checks.

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Third-Party Sellers Are Outselling Amazon on Amazon

Coincidence or not – just at a time when Amazon started facing increasing antitrust scrutiny over its dominant position in the e-commerce and retail landscape, the company, notoriously shy on disclosing details about its business, decided to share some interesting data with the public. In a bid to paint his company as a partner of small and medium-sized businesses rather than an all-consuming behemoth, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos disclosed that third-party sellers accounted for 58 percent of total physical gross merchandise sales on Amazon last year, up from just 3 percent in 1999. 

“Third-party sellers are kicking our first party butt. Badly.”, Bezos self-deprecatingly wrote in his annual letter to shareholders, only to add the not-so-subtle humblebrag that third-party sales on Amazon, while beating the company’s first party sales, have also grown much faster than eBay’s gross merchandise volume between 1999 and 2018. According to Bezos, third-party sales on Amazon grew from $0.1 billion in 1999 to $160 billion in 2018, while the company itself sold $117 billion worth of physical merchandise last year. As a reaction to the disclosure, market research company eMarketer revised its U.S. market share estimate for Amazon downward from 47 to 38 percent in 2019, a message that Amazon’s leadership team will gladly approve of in light of a possible antitrust probe from the Federal Trade Commission. 

Ironically, Amazon’s role as a platform for independent third-party sellers is what got the company into trouble in Europe. Last week, the European Commission launched an investigation into whether “Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules”. In recent years, the EU watchdog has proven not to shy away from going head to head with America’s tech giants, imposing billion-dollar fines on Google and Microsoft. If found guilty of anticompetitive behavior, Amazon could also face a multi-billion-dollar punishment.

See the whole Statista report here

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2019 July Warehouse Safety Calendar

Warehouses are statistically one of the most dangerous places to work, and the added tasks of operating heavy machinery and transporting large objects do not make it safer. In 2017, there were approximately 209,000 non-fatal occupational injuries in the transportation and warehousing industry in the private sector according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. The even bigger number is the days away from work that still costs company's money when the employee isn't present. In 2017 alone, there were over 20,000 days away from work related to injuries by warehouse workers.

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May 2019 Maintenance Safety Calendar

Regular maintenance is required to keep all equipment, machines and the work environment safe and reliable at all times in the warehouse. Dangerous situations, accidents and health problems can occur as a result of not conducting proper maintenance checks.

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May 2019 Transportation Safety Calendar

Transportation Safety covers all types of vehicles, and includes both occupational and non-occupational hazards associated with them. 

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May 2019 Warehouse Safety Calendar

Warehouses are statistically one of the most dangerous places to work, and the added tasks of operating heavy machinery and transporting large objects do not make it safer. In 2017, there were approximately 209,000 non-fatal occupational injuries in the transportation and warehousing industry in the private sector according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. The even bigger number is the days away from work that still costs company's money when the employee isn't present. In 2017 alone, there were over 20,000 days away from work related to injuries by warehouse workers.

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Safety Alert: Safety Equipment Falling Off Dockplate

Equipment Not Permitted on a Dock Plate Unless the Dock Plate is Placed in a Trailer

As you can see, when safety equipment, such as forklifts, are parked on a dock plate when the dock plate isn’t inside a trailer, it is not secure and it could drop causing equipment damage and the possibility of a serious injury. 

 

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Safety Alert - Opening Dock Doors

When opening an overhead door, never open with your palms down.  Always open with your palms up to reduce your risk of a shoulder injury.    

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