prevent slips

3 Practical Solutions to Prevent Slips in Your Workplace

Slips in the food processing industry are a serious issue — one that leaves a large number of employees injured and costs the company thousands of dollars in claims and work time lost.

In Washington state alone, there are approximately 340 workers’ compensation claims each year for slip and trip injuries in the food processing industry. On average, each claim costs $4,600 while the average work-time lost for each of these injuries is 35 days.1

That’s a lot of lost work time and money spent on an easily preventable injury.

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musculoskeletal disorders

18 Easy Principles for Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders

According to the California Department of Labor Statistics and Research, the food processing industry has one of the highest lost-workday incidence (LWDI) rates. In 2000, it was almost double than the LWDI rate for all industries as a whole.1

Bruises, cuts, burns, fractures, and amputations are among the top causes of such a high lost-workday incidence rate — due in part to the equipment used in food processing plants.

While those injuries are severe and drive up the LWDI rate, there is a much more common set of injuries that account for the majority of the high LWDI rate: musculoskeletal disorders.

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food processing employee safety

3 Important Reasons to Focus on Employee Safety

June is National Safety Month — a month set aside to focus on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities, with the ultimate goal that No One Gets Hurt.

What better time to focus on improving safety in your food processing plant?

Employee safety is an important part of any food processing facility — one that should never be “set it and forget it.” Taking time to review employee safety training, procedures, and response time should happen on an annual basis to help reduce the risk of employee injuries.

Why focus on employee safety this month? Here are three great reasons.

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Fusion Tech Expands and Switches to a New Phone Number

Fusion Tech Integrated, Inc. [“Fusion Tech”], a leading manufacturer of custom engineered food processing equipment and systems, recently rolled out new phone and fax numbers for their office locations in Roseville, Illinois and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.

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small business

3 Reasons We’re Proud to be a Small Business

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

We’re proud to be part of that group.

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A Letter in Response to Steel & Aluminum Import Tariffs

Dear Fusion Tech Customers,

As you have heard, President Trump has finalized the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. As of Friday, March 23, 2018 a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% tariff on imported aluminum has been implemented.

A large majority of Fusion Tech’s base materials, including filler materials, have been and will be affected by these tariffs.

Due to the vast uncertainty surrounding new pricing and how it will affect the market, our vendors will no longer adhere to the practice of notifying us of price increases, nor will they be able to honor any previously agreed upon price contracts. We have no control of this price dynamic. We will be forced to pass along these increases as we get them.

How does this affect you?

  • We have changed the valid period on all quotes sent out after March 23 from 2 weeks down to 3 days.
  • Pricing may change upon receipt of a purchase order, depending on fluctuating materials pricing

This will not affect purchase orders that have already been submitted prior to March 23, 2018.

Fusion Tech will continue to communicate the pricing changes as soon as we are notified. We greatly appreciate your business and patience during this time.

Thank you,

Fusion Tech Staff

oven maintenance

4 Tools You Need To Have For Oven Maintenance

Maintaining a food processing oven requires special tools to ensure the oven is operating at peak performance.

Evaluating air flow and speed, finding air leaks, setting dampers, determining static pressures and gas burner settings, and calibrating probes are normal, sometimes every day, maintenance tasks that require specialized tools.

Larger food processing companies likely already have these tools on hand. However, start-ups and smaller food processors may not have needed these oven maintenance tools before — and might not be equipped to properly maintain their oven when it is installed.

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lock out tag out warning signs

8 Safety Signs You Need to Improve Worker Safety with Commercial Ovens

Commercial ovens, as with any food processing equipment, can pose serious safety hazards for employees.

Burns, pinch points, crush points, cuts, chemical burns, carbon dioxide suffocation, or being trapped in an oven while in the cook cycle are all possible if proper care is not taken when operating a commercial smokehouse, dehydrator, or steam oven — leading to serious injury or death.

As a food processing company, it is imperative that proper safety signs be posted on and around any commercial oven to notify employees of potential dangers associated with this piece of equipment.

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6 Maintenance Tested & Approved Features You Need in an Oven

A commercial smokehouse or dehydrator is a big investment — one that requires regular checks and maintenance to keep it running efficiently.

An oven designed to provide easy access to the components that require regular and preventative maintenance will reduce the time your team needs to upkeep the oven. The less amount of time spent maintaining and repairing an oven results in more cook time, more product, and more profits.

It’s important then that when you invest in a commercial smokehouse or dehydrator, you find one with components that are easy to access, easy to repair, and don’t need replacing as often.

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oven life

How to Schedule Maintenance to Ensure Longer Oven Life

A commercial smokehouse or dehydrator is a big investment — one that requires regular and ongoing maintenance to ensure a long oven life.

Commercial oven manufacturers provide information on how and what should be routinely inspected and maintained, but in many facilities, those instructions are often buried in a user manual that gets stuck in a drawer somewhere or made inaccessible to maintenance personnel.

Regular preventative maintenance is necessary to keep your oven operating for a long period of time.

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