ABR Is My Top Choice For Employment Services

November 25th, 2013


ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Kathrine Johnson:

ABR was the best choice for me, the staff are all ready and willing to help place you in a job as fast as possible. They listen to what your work interests are and don’t just place you where they want you. And they do their best to place you in long term positions. I would recommend ABR to anyone that is looking for work. Compared to other places I worked for I would rate ABR as my top choice for employment services.

-Katherine Johnson

Forklift Operators: How to Keep Your Coworkers Safe

November 25th, 2013


This is the fourth in a series featuring safety in the workplace. Stay tuned for more information on forklift safety, machine operation safety, and general safety tips for the workplace.

In an effort to reduce forklift-related injuries, forklift operators have had to undergo strict training and licensing since 1999. But workplace safety isn’t a one-time course or a one-person issue. It’s an everyday practice that involves an entire company. A huge factor in the safety equation involves being aware of more than just yourself – you have to be aware of those around you too.

As a forklift operator, workers on foot and workers who are involved with your forklift operation are also your responsibility. The Center for Disease Control outlines a list of potentially dangerous workplace situations involving your coworkers and how to deal with them:

  • Do not allow passengers to ride on forklift trucks unless a seat is provided and they authorized to do so.
  • Do not use a forklift to elevate workers who are standing on the forks.
  • Elevate a worker on a platform only when the vehicle is directly below the work area.
  • Whenever a truck is used to elevate personnel, secure the elevating platform to the lifting carriage or forks of the forklift.
  • Use a restraining means such as rails, chains, or a body belt with a lanyard or deceleration device for the workers on the platform.
  • Do not drive up to anyone standing in front of a bench or other fixed object.
  • When approaching a cross aisle or an area where your vision is obstructed, slow down and sound the horn as a warning to others.

Accidents can happen for a variety of reasons from blind spots to hearing issues to malfunctioning alarms to general unsafe practices. Follow these mantras and you’ll keep you and your coworkers out of harm’s way.

Client Video Testimonial – Mariani Packaging

November 22nd, 2013

Jeff Pozorski, HR Manager, Mariani Packaging, shares his experience working with ABR Employment Services to fill try-before-hire positions for general labor, plant positions, machine operators, forklift drivers, panel operators, peer panel operators and the occasional administrative position.

Keeping Employees Safe At Work Positively Affects The Bottom Line

November 18th, 2013

In 2011, 4,609 workers were killed on the job… 90 workers killed per week… 13 deaths per day. You don’t want your workplace to become a statistic cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. And the only way to ensure that you don’t join the statistics is to be proactive.

Keeping your employees safe and healthy can also positively affect your bottom line. As OSHA says, the cost of accident prevention is much lower than the cost of accidents. Lower injury rates, a reduction of lost workdays, reduction in workers’ compensation premiums, and limited equipment damage are just a few of the benefits that will follow when safety becomes a priority. There’s more good news: there are free – free! – programs out there for small and mid-sized businesses. Professionals will hold your hand down the path to workplace safety. All you need to do is ask.

OSHA On-Site Consultation (Nationwide)

Consultants from this free and confidential program will identify hazards, provide advice for meeting OSHA standards, and establish injury prevention programs at your workplace. In 2012, consultants from this program made visits to 30,000 worksites, which ensured the safety of 1.5 million workers across the country. The priority of this program is establishing a safe environment, not on enforcing standards and issuing citations to businesses. Request a consultation by searching by state in the OSHA Consultation Directory.

WisCon On-Site Safety & Health Consultation (Wisconsin)

The WisCon Program is another free on-site consultation program. In partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the US Department of Labor, the skilled safety and health professionals of this program will identify workplace hazards and imminent danger situations and conduct industrial hygiene monitoring, limited ergonomic assessments, and limited training and education. This penalty-free voluntary program also assists with developing and implementing the necessary programs to keep your workers healthy and safe.

MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (Minnesota)

A similar free – and penalty-free – workplace safety consultation program is offered in Minnesota and it’s geared toward small, high-hazard businesses. The consultation can be focused on the entire worksite or be limited to a more specific issue or area. Services offered include on-site safety consultations, on-site health consultations, workplace violence prevention assistance, and labor-management safety committee on-site assistance. Some businesses may be qualified to apply for a safety grant of $10,000 to put toward hazard prevention. Request a consultation online now.

For those looking to expand their knowledge, free resources are available online as well. Learn about best practices in the manufacturing industry from adjustable-height worktables to lift platforms to conveyor systems to scissor-lift tables. Information on preventing musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back injuries, and rotator cuff industries can be found at OSHA.

Thanks to safety programs like the ones cited above, workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent since 1970, according to OSHA. Occupational injury and illness rates have declined by about the same percentage. In that same time, the US employment rate has almost doubled. While 2011’s statistic of 13 worker deaths per day is unacceptable, the number has dropped from 38 deaths per day in 1970. Let’s help each other in eliminating these statistics and make safety a priority in our workplace today and everyday.

ABR Is Committed To Placing People In The Right Jobs

November 13th, 2013


ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Nicole Schueler:

I absolutely love that you’ve placed me with a long term position. The hours are nice, the pay is above average which is SO nice. I would say my experience with ABR  has, so far, been excellent – as I have been placed at a job I like. ABR seems committed to placing the right people with the right jobs, and I truly appreciate working with ABR currently. Thanks much.

ABR Found Me A Rewarding Job

November 12th, 2013

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Malinda Vance:

I would like to thank ABR Staff for your professionalism and assistance in working with me to find a rewarding job. I have had the pleasure of working with you in two placements and you have been very supportive and understanding in the midst of some difficult circumstances.

During those times that I unfortunately found myself looking for employment I signed up with several staffing companies; on both occasions ABR has been able to find me positions that matched my skills and capabilities. There is no such thing as the perfect position or company and when I found myself being let go from one of those positions through no fault of my own, the staff at ABR was very understanding and supportive and immediately went about searching for another position for me. I was hesitant to accept the position that I am in now because it was a temporary position; however, within two weeks of working there I was offered a permanent position.

The company that I am currently working for has been very impressed with the caliber of employees they have hired through ABR and have spoken very highly of the professionalism of the ABR staff. I have also, despite the circumstances, enjoyed working with ABR; on the number of occasions that I have had to call the office I have always been treated with the utmost respect.

Thank you,

Malinda Vance

Safe Forklift Operation

November 11th, 2013
Photo Credit: Mark Eslick

Photo Credit: Mark Eslick

This is the second in a series featuring safety in the workplace. Stay tuned for more information on forklift safety, machine operation safety, and general safety tips for the workplace.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 100 US workers are killed each year while another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related accidents. Whether you operate on or near a forklift, there are many steps you can take to protect yourself. Keep your safety at the top of mind at all times.

This list from the CDC highlights key safety requirements of which all trained and licensed forklift operators must follow:

When operating a vehicle:

  • Use seatbelts if they are available.
  • Use extreme caution on grades or ramps.
  • On grades, tilt the load back and raise it only as far as needed to clear the road surface.
  • Do not raise or lower the forks while the forklift is moving.
  • Do not handle loads that are heavier than the weight capacity of the forklift.
  • Do not drive to another location with the work platform elevated.

At the end of your shift:

  • When dismounting, set the parking break, lower the forks or lifting carriage, and neutralize the controls.
  • Report to your supervisor any damage or problems that occur to a forklift during your shift.

Daily maintenance:

  • Examinations of industrial trucks should be made at least daily, or at the end of each shift for around-the-clock operations.
  • Brakes, steering mechanisms, control mechanisms, warning devices, lights, lift overload devices, guard and safety devices, and lift and tilt mechanism are among the parts that should be inspected for safety.

ABR Gives You The Power To Believe

November 11th, 2013

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Gladys Wright:

I, Gladys Wright, would like to say that working with ABR has been a great success to me. It has allowed me to get the knowledge of different types of training.  It has given me the power to believe that you can and will be able to support anything and your family in many ways.

I love working with ABR.  It is full of opportunity to be great and to be ready for the work place that is out there.  Today’s work force is in need of people and knowledge of your skill and ABR is the way to go.

Gladys Wright

$150 Refer A Friend Triple Play

November 8th, 2013

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15 Days Only – November 8 through November 22

How would you like an extra $50 in your check and a chance to triple your money to $150?
Between November 8 to November 22, refer a friend (click to be taken to referral form) and you’ll be entered into a drawing to triple ABR’s $50 referral bonus. To receive a referral bonus, you need to be working for ABR or have successfully completed your position within the last six months and your referral works 80 hours for ABR. All referral bonus’ are subject to applicable tax.

How To Avoid The Most Common Forklift Incidents To Stay Safe

November 4th, 2013


This is the first in a series featuring safety in the workplace. Stay tuned for more information on forklift safety, machine operation safety, and general safety tips for the workplace.

Workplace safety is no joke – especially when it affects you or someone you know. The leading cause of workplace fatalities in Wisconsin in 2011 was related to transportation and material moving, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Unfortunately, most of these accidents could have been avoided by following the proper forklift safety procedures. Here are two common forklift accident situations and tips for avoiding them in your workplace:


When a vehicle is backing up and strikes a worker from behind, it’s called a backover. According to OSHA, 70 workers were killed in this manner nationwide in 2011. OSHA requirements try to prevent this incident from happening, starting with a basic request: a driver must look toward the travel path and keep a clear view at all times. When a forklift operator approaches a cross aisle or an area where his or her vision is obstructed, he or she must slow down and sound the horn as a warning to others. Another important regulation is that an operator cannot drive up to anyone standing in front of a bench or other fixed objects.

To further help prevent backovers, enlist the help of a coworker to act as a spotter and cover your blind spots. Follow these helpful spotting signals, as well as this blind spot diagrams for forklifts from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Employees on foot are often unaware that they are approaching a vehicle’s danger zone so it’s important that the operator drives cautiously.

Overturned Forklift

About 25% of all forklift-related deaths are due to overturned forklifts, according to the Center for Disease Control, but national safety requirements have been put in place to prevent such occurrences from happening. OSHA requires that forks shall not be raised or lowered while a forklift is moving. Also, the fork can only be raised and lowered as needed to clear the surface. When operating a vehicle, trucks can only be driven at a speed limit that allows a safe stop – no exceptions.

If a forklift does overturn, do not jump. Hold on firmly, fall with the forklift, and lean in the opposite direction of the overturn. If a lateral tip occurs on a stand-up type forklift with rear-entry access, exit by stepping backward.