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Jun 17, 2011

Optimizing Warehouse Operations with a WagonCaddy

Many warehouse and distribution center employees face the unique challenge of preparing for dramatic increases in business during some seasons. In fact, depending upon the type of material being stored and shipped from a facility, the vast majority of shipments may occur during one brief window during the year. Without the proper material handling equipment, like the WagonCaddy from DJ Products, these exceedingly busy times of year can dramatically increase the chance of employee injury.

Even during the lower volume times of year manual material handling can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. It might only take a single occasion where an employee attempts to strong arm a heavy load of product manually for a serious injury to occur. When the amount of incoming and outgoing shipments is doubled or tripled the chances of injuries caused by manually moving heavy carts of material goes up as well. The risk of injuries can be minimized if a warehouse or distribution center invests in equipment that is properly designed to handle hauling heavy loads of product like the WagonCaddy from DJ.

Workplace injuries can have a major impact on a business in a few different ways. A serious injury could put a very valuable member of the distribution center team out of work for the foreseeable future. This could put quite a bit of additional stress on the remaining employees who are left to fill the void during the busy times of year, possibly paving the way for additional injuries.

A serious injury to an employee can also result in the need for a costly workers’ compensation claim. Depending upon the severity of the injury a workers’ compensation claim could cost a distribution center thousands and thousands of dollars.

The WagonCaddy has built in safety features like an ergonomically designed variable speed control and an emergency stop switch. This makes this versatile piece of equipment an incredibly effective for increasing safety and efficiency in any high volume distributorship.

Nov 09, 2009

Power Mover Could Take Bite Out of Prepping for Ida

The weather folks are in their glory, on full alert as hurricane Ida churns toward the Gulf Coast. Even up here in the far northern reaches of the Midwest (Little Falls, MN) where even mild fallout from Ida is highly unlikely, local weather broadcasters are dancing on screen in paroxysms of joy as they gasp the latest warning bulletins. It’s likely to be a few weeks before any real snow hits our neck of the woods, so I guess Ida gives the storm chasers something to do; but prevailing winds being what they are, I don’t think we’re in much danger of flooding up here.

All the hoopla in the press did give me a new idea to pass along to our sales team. I saw resort workers struggling to push stacked lounge chairs across pool aprons and into storage areas. You could see them struggling to muscle the heavy stacks of chairs against the wind. It occurred to me how easy the job with be with DJ Products’ versatile WagonCaddy power mover. We’ve already adapted our powered material handling equipment to help local schools maneuver metal bleachers around school gymnasiums and on and off playing fields. This application for the hospitality industry would be a snap!

Ergonomically-designed to take the strain off workers’ backs, DJ Products’ WagonCaddy power mover allows an operator to quickly and easily transport materials — like lounge chairs — parts or machinery without physical exertion. (Click here to see a video of the WagonCaddy in action.) Like all of our ergonomically-designed, powered material handling equipment, this tug is equipped with an instant safety stop to prevent injuries. A variable speed thumb twist allows the operator to smoothly move in forward and reverse up to 3 mph. Compact design allows for maneuvering in narrow corridors and tight spaces and the cart can pivot loads a full 360 degrees. For full details, visit DJ Products website.