Don’t let the elements stop your loading and unloading business

The best facilities are able to load and unload trucks and rail cars, regardless of what the weather is – be it rain, snow, sleet or direct sunlight.

One of the easiest ways to ensure operations can go on no matter what the elements are like is to introduce a canopy, which can be a part of any new facility plans or easily integrated with existing infrastructure.

A good industrial canopy will not only let your business perform well no matter what the weather is doing, it can also keeps any products free of contaminants. Without a canopy, moving parts may be compromised when water or other drainage materials enter them.

This makes such a structure an ideal choice for a number of different operations. Whether it’s for tank/hopper cars or trucks, seatainers or any other form of transportation, canopies can be easily installed and last for years.

When you purchase a canopy through Carbis Australia, you can be sure that the product will be designed specifically to your facility so it integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure. These canopies come in either single or double-sided designs, and can include skirts if desired.

Protect your operators and products from the elements while loading and unloading.

Protect your operators and products from the elements while loading and unloading.

If needed, a company can adopt a full enclosure model designed to meet unique requirements of any particular site. Not only does this ensure work goes smoothly, but  will also lead to higher levels of safety in the workplace.

These canopies are available in either aluminium or several types of steel, including galvanised, mill or painted. Fibreglass units are also available.

All factors are taken into consideration, including the potential for damaging wind and storms. This ensures the structures will stay strong no matter what the weather brings.

Cleaning carts are far more than just mobile rubbish bins

There’s much more to cleaning carts than meets the eye, and although they may just look like trash cans on wheels, an ideal cart will give an employee all the necessary items to get the job done right.

Spacepac Cleaning Carts

Revolutionary line of highly featured, high aesthetic compact
cleaning carts for light cleaning and waste collection

SpacePac has a revolutionary line of Spacepac cleaning carts that come with a number of options for waste collection, all caged in an aesthetically pleasing case that can go anywhere.

In addition to the rubbish bin, these carts will have tool organisation compartments that easily store tongs, scrapers, pens and dusters. Below this there is a nine gallon storage compartment with a wide opening that makes it easy to store and retrieve all kinds of cleaning supplies.

The ergonomically designed handle ensures operator comfort, and the ideal height of the grips make it easy to see above and around the mobile unit. There are also several hooks along the sides of the product, which workers can use to hang a range of products. This may include mops, brooms or window cleaners.

At the center of the cart is the patent-pending 2-way rubbish door, which meets all hygienic requirements. The doors can open front to back or side to side – whatever is easiest for the operator.

SpacePac also has a long line of compact waste and cleaning carts available. These products have many of the same offerings as the standard cleaning cart, but are more tailored for waste stream management systems and the segregation of recyclables and waste.

Both products come with non-marking swivel castors that make handling in tight spaces a breeze, as well as rubber tool grips that make it easy to hang on to the cart no matter how heavy it gets.

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When looking at supply and linen trolleys, go lightweight

Hotels, hospitals and linen services all move huge amounts of clothes, bedding and other items long distances every day.

While it makes sense to invest in a good trolley that will lower employee strain and fatigue while lasting for years, many businesses overlook the importance of choosing a product that is both durable and lightweight.

Finding this good ratio between durability and weight is often rooted in the design of the trolley. For example, a medium-duty trolley will most likely have enough vertical bars to ensure all items stay in their place, but not an excessive amount that would add unnecessary bulk.

However, there are several specifications to look for in a supply and linen trolley aside from the ideal weight. An open supply trolley, for example, is best for carrying bulkier items that can be stacked. These products have three enclosed sides with vertical bars and an open side for loading and unloading contents.

The best models will have a six-wheel configuration that makes manoeuvrability simpler than ever, but also ensures operators can move the trolley in a straight line with ease.

For any operations that deal specifically with linen bags, it may be best to choose a trolley that has three enclosed sides with vertical bars as well as two removable diagonal bars that work to keep linen in even when the trolley is moving.

Linen Trolleys‐Medium Duty

This Open Trolley has three enclosed sides with vertical bars.
Powder coat finish with two vertical handles, and a mesh base.


Both of these products are available from Spacepac Laundry / Linen Trolleys, and offer the needed six-wheel configuration as well as a mesh bottom that helps keep overall weight down.

When purchased from Spacepac, these products can even be tailored to individual operations. For example, if a trolley needs to travel greater distances, there are models available that can accommodate for this.

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Saving thousands in labour and back injury costs with the right lifters and stackers

The need to protect employees from physical strain, fatigue and acute injuries should be enough to prompt anyone to focus on improving worker safety.

However, in addition to keeping workers safe, there are enormous cost benefits to maintaining a strong sense of employee safety in any workplace, whether its a high-rise office or a busy manufacturing or distribution plant.

Last year, SafeWork Australia released a comprehensive report that looked at the true cost of employee injuries to the economy as a whole.

The study showed that in the 2005-2006 financial year, workplace injuries cost Australia an astounding $57.5 billion – 5.9 per cent of GDP in that year.

This number rose even further by the 2008-2009 financial year, when its estimated that injuries related to work cost $60.6 billion.

The report broke down the burden of cost, and found that 5 per cent – or $3.03 billion – is passed on to employers. Employees take on 74 per cent of these costs, and the community is responsible for paying another 21 per cent.

One of the best ways to cut down on these high costs is to invest in products that can reduce or eliminate employee strain, fatigue and the risk of acute injuries.

Lifting Equipment - QuikStak Smart Stacker

Lifting Equipment – QuikStak Smart Stacker

For example, Spacepac’s QuikStak Smart Stacker is a battery powered, hydraulic machine that does all of the work, and can easily stack several items. The machine uses an adjustable infrared height sensor to ensure products are always lifted to the exact level.

Moreover, its large diameter steering wheels and extra heavy duty front wheels make it easy to move and steer, and there are even self-propelled models available.

By focusing on and investing in employee safety through the right machinery, businesses can save thousands of dollars on injury costs.

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Cover all your bases with freestanding mobile access ladders

If you’re running any kind of business that requires regular access to trucks, rail cars or other modes of transportation, you’ll not only need the right equipment, but products that ensure the highest level of employee safety possible.

Although some operations may use stationary infrastructure that is tailored exactly to the types of trucks and rail cars that will pass through, others need more versatile equipment that can account for carriers that come in various sizes.

Often, these products will also need to be mobile, which is often the case when dealing with trucks that may park anywhere in an unloading region.

TC10 - Portable Truck and Rail Access Fall Protection Platform

Fall Safety Supplied with Truck Access and Rail Access Fall Protection Platforms from Spacepac Industries

One of the best options for these mobile platforms is the Carbis TC10 Free Standing Mobile Access Ladder.

With an interchangeable safety cage, the ladder can be used for a wide range of vehicles and rail cars. Demonstrating its versatility, all of these cages use the same base and ladder, cutting down the number of equipment items – and total costs – you need to get the job done.

The robust design can work with virtually every sized struck or rail car,  with options available for a standard cart and a side mount cart, which can move laterally as well as vertically.

All ladders are manufactured to meet the most stringent Australian safety standards, and come with a certificate to prove so. Carbis will even design custom variations for any business, provided the company turns in a detailed drawing of what must be delivered.

All products are designed with an aluminum flat-step extension ladder with open serrated metal plank steps to ensure all employees keep their grip when climbing.

By focusing on employee safety and versatility, businesses can see huge cost savings through better equipment.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

The right equipment can get you around the warehouse easily

Warehouse operators often have to balance the best products available for moving and lifting products with the space that their facility allows for them.

However, with the right product, it’s possible for warehouse managers to accomplish all necessary tasks without sacrificing power, manoeuvrability or noise control in the workplace.

Skatework Battery Electric Stand-On or Sit-On Tug

Skatework Battery Electric Stand-On or Sit-On Tug

One of the best examples is the Skatework Battery Electric Stand-On or Sit-On Tug available from Spacepac Industries. This product is ideal for any warehouse work that must be conducted in narrow aisles and indoor, as the trolley was designed to fit into tight spaces and gives off zero pollution.

The design is extremely compact, making it the ideal choice for any plant manager worried about fitting powerful hauling equipment into the far corners of the facility.

The Skatework Battery Electric Tow Motor features a drawbar hitch that is perfect not only for pulling trolleys, but several other types of industrial equipment.

The machine is so powerful it can pull up to 1,000kg, and there are even some models available that have pulling power of 3,000kg.

But the machine isn’t all brawn and no brains. The powerful electric drive motor is controlled by an advanced microprocessor, which leads to pollution-free use that is compliant with regulations established by governments all over the world.

It’s dimensions were designed to fit most production and assembly lines, as well as standard confined spaces typically found in plants and other industrial settings.

Just because a warehouse has small aisles and spaces doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on power and speed. The right product could help businesses get more done areas previously unreachable by bulkier vehicles.

Spacepac Battery Electric Tugs

Employee strain and fatigue isn’t limited to warehouses and shipyards

It’s common knowledge that several hazards exist in the transport, warehousing and shipping industries.

Many studies have been conducted to show how dangerous it can be for companies to ignore the hazards that may lead to employee fatigue, strain and overexertion in these workplaces.

However, these risks exist in several types of workplaces, including those that many may believe to be risk-free.

Office jobs that require regular lifting expose employees to just as much potential strain as any other position.

IT workers, for example, who regularly lift and carry computer monitors, CPUs, boxes of cables, server equipment and other items, may suffer from drops in productivity when their energy begins to wane.

Similarly, kitchen workers who must transfer large cooking equipment or move these items for cleaning are exposed to these dangers, as are hospital workers who must lift and carry trays of medicine and tools.

While it may not be practical for these professionals to use heavy lifting equipment, such as forklifts or other powered industrial vehicles, Spacepac has released a long line of products designed to lower employee strain.

Econolift Aluminium lifting Devices

Spacepac Industries Supplies wide range materials handling equipment, Manual Lifters and Electric Lifters for all Lifting equipment applications.

The W-Series Light Weight Electric Lifters are ideal for indoor office lifting, and can raise a capacity of up to 80kg. All models operate smoothly on electric batteries, and are built with an aluminium mast and lockable rear castors.

The machines feature an easy-to-use pendant control and can be preset to two lifting heights, making it easier than ever for office workers to move equipment. Complete with a built-in battery and charger, the lift recharges fast and won’t leave offices suffering from any downtime.

Just because employees aren’t surrounded by moving parts and heavy machinery doesn’t mean they aren’t exposed to serious health hazards. With the right equipment though, employers can ensure their office workers remain healthy and productive.
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Bringing the repair garage to any down vehicle

When machinery breaks down in an industrial setting, it often takes a long time to mobilise all of the necessary equipment and repair workers to get the machine up and running without downtime stacking up.

If not done properly, businesses can waste enormous amounts of time and money on moving all the necessary equipment to the down machine, performing the repairs and then moving it all back to its respective place in the warehouse.

Taylor-Dunn Maintenance Expediter

The Roadmaster utility vehicle is designed to provide the ultimate versatility in today’s work environment.

To eliminate this problem, Taylor Dunn created its Maintenance Expeditor Utility Vehicle, which was designed to move a repair worker, an entire tool chest and even a workbench to any machinery that breaks down.

By moving all of the equipment at once, companies can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete repairs by one-third. This productivity boost is thanks to the time saved moving all repair tools and eliminating the need for workers to walk back to workbenches. Even the time it takes to return to the maintenance area for large spare parts can be cut by 50 per cent.

The onboard tool chest means workers don’t have to spend time preparing for the project beforehand – all the necessary equipment is handy whenever it’s needed.

The utility vehicle features a 24 volt battery and travels on three wheels, with a top speed of just over 16 kilometres per hour. This design allows workers to take the Maintenance Expeditor into smaller, indoor areas, while simultaneously cutting the cost of petrol expenditure.

With an all welded steel frame, the vehicle has a long lifespan that will cut down on maintenance costs, and the added safety features ensure the operator isn’t exposed to serious workplace hazards.

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Warehouse safety improved with powered tarping systems

Health and safety is an important issue in any business, but warehouses must be particularly careful due to the heavy manual labour often involved.

Injuries in the workplace can result in employees being out of commission for long stretches of time, while also opening up your operation to legal issues.

Recent research from Monash University and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) found that even small injuries could see staff taking considerable time off work.

This is due to general practitioners (GPs) being more likely to order ill or injured personnel to stay away from the workplace, rather than recommending less strenuous duties.

Fewer than 25 per cent of GPs in Victoria advised workers to return to work, with ISCRR chief executive Dr Alex Collie saying: “These days lost are … highly relevant to the growing debate around the productivity of our workforce.”

Carbis Overhead Tarping System

Keep Your Feet on the Ground

If your business is keen to avoid the ramifications of warehouse accidents, you may wish to consider investing in Carbis’ tarping systems.

These technologies use an industrial strength electric winch to pick up the tarp and pull it across the whole of the trailer.

A spreader bar attaches to the tarp through two clips, enabling your workers to quickly and easily complete their loading tasks.

Using a handheld remote, employees can get the winch moving with a simple click of a button.

A tension reel ensures the power cable remains taut and the track is designed to be longer than the trailer, making tarping out-of-position flatbeds a breeze.

Investing in safety equipment such as this saves time and money by reducing the chance of back strain and the falls associated with climbing loads.

Available as a freestanding structure or connected to an existing unit, Carbis’ tarping systems can also be altered to your specific requirements.

CARBIS – The World Leader in Fall Prevention Equipment

Put employee health first with a Safe Bin Handling Trolley

It may sound like common sense to make sure your employees are always healthy, but businesses may be surprised to hear just how much money is wasted each year because of employee fatigue.

One study in the US, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that 40 per cent of the workers say they often feel exhausted at work. But this has bigger implications than merely tired workers. The economic impact of this is astounding, costing employers more than $136 billion every year.

While it may at first appear that the health-related drop in productivity would be from absenteeism, this wasn’t the case. Instead, the majority of the productivity declines came from employees who showed up to work, but had trouble accomplishing their tasks.

This is one of the many studies that demonstrate just how important it is to focus on employee health and safety. This can be achieved much more easily by using the right warehouse and industrial products.

Bin-Safe Battery Electric Bin Mover

Industry designed for moving up to three 240 L bins.

The Safe Bin Handling Trolley from Spacepac Industries, for example, was designed to keep employee fatigue and exhaustion to a minimum while boosting productivity all the while. The trolley can carry two large industry bins at once, and with an additional bracket, loads can double to four bins.

With the failsafe braking system, employees don’t have to worry about losing control of the haulage, lowering the risk of employee injury.

Moreover, the dolly undercart takes all the weight so the worker doesn’t have to. This leads to much higher productivity and substantially lower occupational health and safety risks.

It pays to invest in the right industrial gear, especially when employees’ healthy and safety are at risk.

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