Whether you shop in a brick-and-mortar store or online, the goods you purchase spent some time in one of 7,000 warehouses in the U.S. before making their way into your home. More than 145,000 people work in those warehouses – some in a seasonal capacity. There, they are subject to an injury rate that is higher than the national average for all industries.
That’s according to OSHA, which identifies the unsafe use of forklifts as one of the major potential hazards for workers in warehousing. About 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts in all industries. Forklift turnovers account for a significant percentage of these fatalities.
Making forklift use safer:
Train, evaluate and certify all operators to ensure that they can operate forklifts safely;
Do not allow anyone under 18 years old to operate a forklift;
Properly maintain haulage equipment, including tires;
Before using a forklift, examine it for hazardous conditions which would make it unsafe to operate;
Follow safe procedures for picking up, putting down and stacking loads;
Drive safely, never exceeding 5 mph and slow down in congested areas or those with slippery surfaces and on docks and dock plates
Ensure that the operator wears a seatbelt installed by the manufacturer;
Never drive up to a person standing in front of a fixed object such as a wall or stacked materials;
Prohibit stunt driving and horseplay;
Do not handle loads that are heavier than the weight capacity of the forklift;
Remove unsafe or defective trucks from service until the defect is properly repaired;
Maintain sufficiently safe clearances for aisles and at loading docks or passages where forklifts are used;
Ensure adequate ventilation either by opened doors/windows or using a ventilation system to provide enough fresh air to keep concentrations of noxious gases from engine exhaust below acceptable limits;
Provide covers and/or guardrails to protect workers from the hazards of open pits, tanks, vats and ditches;
Train employees on the hazards associated with the combustion byproducts of forklift operation, such as carbon monoxide.
Nothing irritates a forklift driver more than when tools and equipment fall off the truck while merrily bouncing through the warehouse. Tools get lost and damaged and that’s when you find out if the operator’s been through Sailor language training.
For years I drove a fork lift in the rain, sleet, and snow. Due to all of the tape measures, hammers, clip boards, and screwdrivers that mysteriously disappeared from my forklift, I nicknamed it The Bermuda Triangle. Not only was it irksome losing the tools, it was even more frustrating wasting time trying to find another tool so that I could do my job. (Yes, I felt like a tool.)
The end of stress and frustration is here. ObeCo Inc / Organized Obie has introduced a line of storage organizers specifically in mind for the forgotten forklift operator. How ingenious is that?
One of the first issues ObeCo had to confront was how to attach these organizers in a way that wouldn’t hinder the accessibility to the batteries and motor for routine maintenance and charging. Those genius engineers over at ObeCo integrated their expertise of magnets into the mesh net organizers. By using magnets, the organizers can easily be moved and removed for effortless access and use. Not just any magnets, mind you, but Rare Earth Neodymium magnets! The strongest magnet on the planet! Since most forklifts and tow motor exoskeletons are made of steel, the magnets work on virtually all vehicles. This makes the organizers universal in every way.
Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets
With the attachment issue cleanly answered and engineered, the next issue to conquer was how the organizers would be used. ObeCo queried actual living, breathing, forklift operators to get their answers. A rare and irreplaceable breed indeed. At first, the operators were a bit apprehensive as to why someone from head office was asking them questions about their job. Usually, that never means good news, but in this case, it was quite the opposite. Once the knives, shivs, and other weapons were safely tucked away, everyone took a deep breath and proceeded to work out the frustratingly overlooked organizational void.
In a manner unique to forklift operators, union line workers, military recruits, and a girl I took out in college, they explained their plight in expletive detail. In order to do their job, they must be as prepared as the best of Boy Scouts in having all of their tools at their disposal at any given moment. Seeing how the normal mild mannered forklift operator is also chief maintenance man and sanitary engineer, they must be ready for anything that is thrust upon them. They are the modern day Everyman. The problem lies within the design of the tow motor itself. There is no place to store needed tools and implements of construction. Normally things get thrown in behind the seat or put in the undersized cup holder.
A cup holder…. on a forklift.. Forklifts are not known for their Smooth-o-Matic MagnaRide suspension and an actual drink in a cup holder usually ends up on the floor and or splattered all over everyone. Even when used as a pen and garage door remote holder, the contents are usually so rattled that they jump out of the holder and commit suicide by diving under the forklift wheels. Not so anymore!
6″ x 5″ Mesh Pocket Net
The first item up for review on the Forklift Organization menu is the 6×5 Mesh Phone Pocket Item #OBR65BMMAG-FL. $14.95. The cellphone pocket not only holds virtually any cellphone, but it will also hold markers, pens, garage door remotes, and other smaller items that get lost rolling around on the forklift floor. The durable Black Mesh allows for full 360° viewing to see what the net is holding. To Purchase Click Here
A 1” Heavy Duty Rare Earth magnet with 65lbs of pull force is riveted onto the webbing which provides easy access and movability. Operators can easily adjust nets to their particular fancy. Nets will remain safe and secure with 65lbs of pull force. Due to the flexibility and give of the net, items naturally remain safely inside the net when the forklift is in motion using nature’s physics to help. When the forklift turns, the net sways with the negative G push keeping tools inside the net. Tools are always in the same place ready for duty. That saves you time and money.
10″x 12″ Forklift Mesh Pocket Net
Next on the list is the 10”x12” Black Mesh Pocket Part #OBR1012BMMAG-FL. This pocket is the perfect size for clip boards, gloves, tools, cords, tape guns, kittens, and more. By using 2 heavy duty magnets, this convenient pocket can hold up to 10lbs of gear. They can instantly be installed on the sides of the forklift for easy access while sitting in the chair. Also accessible while out of the cockpit. Once you start using these, you will wonder what you did without them. To purchase Click Here
12″ x 25″ Forklift Envelope Net
Using every inch of storage space capability is their next net: the 12” x 25” Forklift Envelope Net Part # OBR1225BDENV-FL. This net mounts to the back of the forklift using FOUR of 65lb incredi-magnets.
It’s a fanny pack for the forklift! Most larger items (like rolls of shrink wrap) are tucked behind the captain’s seat with other refuse. The issue with shrink wrap is that things stick to it. When pulling out the roll of shrink wrap other tools, gloves, jackets, and other paraphernalia also get pulled out. Time is then wasted throwing it all back behind the seat with a few special words of encouragement. More stress! Now all can be stored on the back of the forklift. Accessible on 3 sides of the forklift instead of just 2. To Purchase Click Here
14″ x 25″ Clear Double Pocket Organizer
Last, but not least, their flagship forklift storage net: the 14”x25” Clear Double Pocket Stretch Net Organizer. Part #: OBR1425CVBSHC-FL. This net conveniently mounts on the support bars behind the captain’s chair. Clear vinyl aids in allowing maximum visibility when empty. The stretch net is perfect for holding safety hard hats, gloves, jackets, and other items. The vinyl sleeve holds clipboards and that “ever important” paperwork that loves to fly away with the wind. Secured with four 65lb magnets with adjustment straps to fit any forklift. To Purchase Click Here
How efficient will ObeCo Forklift Organizers make your operator? Remember the TV show Seinfeld when Jerry helped Newman the mail carrier by delivering mail and they knew it wasn’t Newman because too many people got their mail? That’s what it will be like for the forklift operators. They’ll get so much work done on time and their replacement budget for lost tools will wane that the head office will think something fishy is going on. Operators stress levels will decrease so much that people will think there was an Invasion of the Body Snatchers and they have been snatched or that they got right with God.
ObeCo guarantees when you take care of your forklift operators by letting them “pimp their ride” with ObeCo Forklift Organization Nets that during, perhaps a weak moment, you might actually see them crack a smile.
Just another testament to the dedication and determination of ObeCo’s life’s purpose of reducing stress through organization of all forklift operators of the world. Happy forklift drivers, happy life!
Traveling across the country in an RV can be one of the most exciting memory making events in ones lifetime. Having a child injured during a vacation by rolling out of bed at night can make memories you weren’t wanting to make. Tuck the worries to bed with the OrganizedObie Bunk Bed Safety Net. Handcrafted right here in the United States using double stitching and ultra strong nylon netting material, it will keep even the most restless of sleepers safe and sound.
Children who have a head injury from a fall from the bed may lose consciousness. Passing out, even briefly, should be investigated by medical personnel. Call 911 if a child remains unconscious. Top bunk bed injuries are most serious, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital reports; skull fractures and concussion occur most often when children fall onto an uncarpeted surface. A child with an internal head injury may seem fine after the accident but may become progressively sleepy, unresponsive or lethargic. She may complain of a severe headache or cry for a prolonged period if she isn’t old enough to verbalize what’s bothering her. Any sign of altered mental status reqiures medical investigation.
Vital Sign Changes
A child with a head injury after falling out of bed may become pale or even blue and could present shallow, irregular breathing. Vomiting once is common after a fall, but vomiting three or more times may be a sign of head injury, so have the child checked by medical personnel.
A child who falls out of bed may break a bone; the clavicle is a common fracture, but arms and legs also can break in a fall. Inability to move an extremity, limping, complaining of pain when moving, swelling or abnormal position of the bone or the area around it may indicate fracture. Head injuries can cause a loss of coordination; a child may stagger, fall or be unable to walk in a straight line. If you suspect any type of neck or spinal injury, do not move the child; call 911 and wait for medical personnel.
Children who fall from the bed and have a head injury may have obvious visual changes. Their eyes may cross or roll or move rapidly from one side to another, a movement called nystagmus. One pupil may be more dilated than the other. Older children may complain of double vision or blurred vision, Dr. Sears notes. Ocular changes should be reviewed by a doctor.
Cuts and Bruises
A child who falls from the bed may be bleeding, especially if he fell onto an object on the floor. Check to see that the bleeding is controlled, stops easily and isn’t spurting from the wound. Wounds that are gaping may need stitches and should be evaluated by medical personnel. Check the child for bruising, which may be a sign of injury that might not otherwise be immediately apparent. A large bruise on the forehead looks scary, but even big bumps are rarely serious, Dr. Sears advises. Watch for behavior changes and apply ice to the bump.
Strength = Safety
Now that I have scared the daylights out of you, you will understand why ObeCo has made their Bunk Bed Safety Net so strong and durable. We too have kids, and if the Bunk Bed Safety Net does anything, it helps us sleep better at night.
ObeCo designed the replacement for the bunk bed rail to be super easy to install. All you need is a screwdriver or a drill with a Phillips bit, a tape measure, some masking tape, and you are good to go. They pre-burn burn holes into the netting so that when you screw the net to the base of the bed, it will not tear or weaken the fabric. It’s like a pilot hole for fabric.
What a burn hole looks like in our Bunk Bed Safety Net.
Low profile metal bars are then screwed to the ceiling or walls, depending on your preference.
Low profile metal bars to firmly hold the bunk bed safety net.
This allows for our seatbelt style safety buckles to attach quickly and easily.
Safety Seat Belt Buckles to Keep the Kids Safe and Sound.
Mounting Screws for the Bunk Bed Safety Net
The reinforced flat head mounting screw will hold the net in place without ripping the nylon and without separating the seams.
The webbing used for their straps and nets are the same used in their warehouse Pallet Rack Safety Nets. If they can keep 1200 lb skids safe, they should be able to handle the little cherubs quite nicely.
Warehouse Safety Netting strong
Check out how nice it looks in the latest Thor Motor Coach.
Bunk Bed Rail Replacement Net
Bunk Bed Net in a Bunk House.
Little Ivy Sleeping Demonstration.
Little Ivy demonstrates how easy it is to put the net away for the day in their latest video. Check her out on the video on the link below.
So protect your chillins, protect your vacation and ease your mind with our Bunk Bed Safety Net. Even if you don’t get the ObeCo Bunk Bed Safety net, please get something. You will thank me later. (Gift cards and boxes of Frosted Cherry Pop Tarts are acceptable forms of Thank you’s)