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Harrington Hoists celebrates 150 Years

Harrington Hoists Inc. announced that the Pennsylvania-based company is celebrating 150 years in the hoist business. The company was established in 1867 by Edwin Harrington, a machinist and inventor, who started a machine shop and hoist business in Philadelphia. His company thrived as a result of his innovative ideas and continual improvements to the design and production of hoists. Throughout his lifetime, Harrington obtained several patents and was best known for developing one of the first electric hoists in 1896. In the years that followed, Harrington Hoists Inc. continued to focus on the research and development of products to create solutions to changing customer needs. The company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Kito Corporation in 1990, which allowed it to become the sole source for Harrington/Kito hoist and crane products in the United States. Most recently, Harrington and Kito Corporation have combined efforts to unify the four Kito Americas Companies including: Harrington Hoists Inc., Peerless Industrial Group, Kito Canada Inc. and Kito Do Brasil. This strategy is intended to streamline delivery of quality products and enhance the customer experience throughout all Americas divisions. “It is an honor to be a part of a business that has such a long, rich history,” said president and CEO, Carlo Lonardi. “As we enter our 150th year in business, we are proud to continue the tradition of manufacturing quality products that our customers can trust and … READ MORE

March is National Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute (ALI) has dedicated March 2017 to ladder safety awareness. The month will be a one-stop shop for safe ladder use for working professionals and homeowners. The presenting sponsor, ALI, encourages both individuals and companies to support National Ladder Safety Month and spread awareness about the importance of ladder safety. "Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries," said Ryan Moss, president of ALI, and CEO of Little Giant Ladder Systems. "Without better training and continuous innovation in safety, planning and product design, we will continue to see far too many fatalities. National Ladder Safety Month will heighten awareness, reinforce safety training, and educate homeowners and working professionals. The American Ladder Institute is calling upon all individuals and organizations throughout the nation to promote and to participate in ladder safety." During March 2017, National Ladder … READ MORE

Fewer Workplace Fatalities in Wholesale Trade in 2015

The U.S. saw a slight increase in workplace fatalities last year, but the numbers improved in the wholesale sector according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency's 2015 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries tallied 175 fatal injuries in wholesale trade last year, down from 191 in the 2014 report. The fatality rate also fell over that span from 5.1 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers to 4.7. Keeping those numbers low are safety equipment. BLS officials said that although fatalities in private transportation and warehousing remained largely unchanged, the private truck transportation industry saw a 9 percent increase last year. The 546 fatal injuries in private truck transportation were the highest total since 2007. Transportation and material handling occupations overall saw fewer fatalities but still accounted for more than one-fourth of all incidents in 2015. The 4,836 fatal workplace injuries across all occupations last year was the … READ MORE

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Why buy a flammable cabinet?

A flammable cabinet is a must have for anybody storing paints or chemicals in their workplace. Most people just don’t realize how potentially dangerous paints and aerosols can be when stored improperly. Some fluids are extremely dangerous mainly because they react to heat in the room temperature and have a tendency to explode which can cause damage to life and property. With a flammable cabinet you can curb this situation. These cabinets are designed to keep the materials cool and keep the heat … READ MORE

OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. “The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which … READ MORE

Five Tips on Selecting Personal Protective Gear for Women

Unfortunately, many manufacturers of personal protective equipment have not kept up with the changing workforce. More women in all types of industries and positions historically held by men are now entering the workplace. In the industrial workplace, this means that most gloves, eye gear, gowns, and other safety clothing, originally designed for men may not fit well on women because of their different body builds. "[Because of this,] women must take time in selecting proper protective … READ MORE

What is a Gantry Crane?

A gantry crane is a crane that is supported by uprights that run along a rail at ground level. Gantry cranes are ideal for situations in which you have no elevated runway or top rail to run your crane along. Gantry cranes are designed to move and offer more flexibility then permanent cranes. Gantry cranes provide an economical way to lift materials anywhere in a facility. The wheels enable you to move the gantry around your facility. This is a more cost-effective lifting solution for areas of … READ MORE

Choose the right Chemical Resistant Gloves

Ten Things to Know When Selecting Chemical Resistant Gloves: 1. Know the types of chemicals and chemical ingredients you are working with 2. Review the chemical's Safety Data Sheet to know what ingredients may be potentially harmful 3. Chemical resistant gloves are generally made of latex, nitrile, neoprene, and PVC; use a "chemical resistance chart" provided by some glove manufacturers to determine which glove will work best with which chemical ingredients 4. Consider the dexterity of … READ MORE