5 Safe & Reliable Container Unloading Tips

Since 2011 NSW has investigated 21 incidents in NSW involving workers unpacking shipping containers. A frightening statistic revealed 3 people that were killed in container unloading. Containers often carry sensitive expensive but most often building materials. Timber, glass, and stone are often the cause in serious incidents but not always the case. Programs, training and unloading advice is readily available but often neglected. If freight isn’t packed with safe unloading in mind, or if it becomes unstable during transit, workers unpacking it can be at risk of serious injury or death.

If you container unload or load, use these simple tips to keep your people safe.

Container Unloading

Partner with the right people

This does not only mean when it comes to unload, work with suppliers to ensure the load is appropriately packed for safe transit and unpacking. Ask them to secure freight with wrapping or strapping.  Loading the container is often more important than unloading.

What do you need?

Keep looking for risks as you unpack, and adjust your plan as conditions change. Consider what equipment you will need. Choose an area with flat ground and unpack at ground level where possible. Always be careful when opening as contents are likely to shift during transportation.

What is the Best Equipment For The Job?

Use a crane or forklift with attachments such as grabs, spikes or slippers, to avoid manual unloading. Never allow people in or around the container while using machinery to unload.


Safety First When Workers in The Container

Never allow workers inside the container if there is any risk of objects moving and trapping them. Where there is a risk, brace freight with suitably rated restraint devices such as props.

Get Help When You Need It.

And remember, It is a big task, so it’s never too late to ask a professional for container unloading or loading.


What is Kitting?

What is Kitting?

Kitting is the gathering of components and parts needed for the manufacture of a particular assembly or product. Individual components are gathered together, as a kit, and issued to the point of use. Kitting Process in which individually separate but related items are grouped, packaged, and supplied together as one unit.  The supplier then creates a customised kit that is assembled and shipped as one unit.  The term “kitting” is order fulfilment jargon for preassembly of individual items into ready-to-ship kits instead of picking and packing those individual items as orders are received. If you ship similar orders in quantity, the savings potential of fulfilment kitting can be huge.


What Can you Kit?

These options are endless. We have all seen them in our supermarkets, Hardware stores and in all retail outlets. When you buy a mixed box of soft drinks, or a box set of books, or a tool box with all the tools you need and even a mixed shampoo conditioner these are all examples of kitting. The retail sector loves kitting. Why? It shows value for an item whilst increasing the average dollar ticket.  Research in 2015 shows 73% of consumers see kitting as a complete item rather than individual. What this tells manufactures if they don’t kit they will be left behind.

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Author: George Boutros from Hoxton Industries; Looking after all Sydney’s kitting’s headaches.

Specialised Security Shredding

Shred it All!

Federally mandated Privacy Legislation requires businesses to destroy sensitive data rather than simply discard information. The privacy laws present organisations with an obligation and responsibility to dispose of sensitive data without improper disclosure. Organisations are vulnerable to litigation when personal records are not properly maintained and destroyed.

Paper VS Digital

Studies in 2015 show 1 in 5 breaches are still in fact paper, with 73% in house shredding. So Specialised security shredding is being neglected. Paper recycling is a service offered to those organisations that have non-sensitive office waste paper and are conscientious about the environmentally friendly removal of this product. All clean office waste paper collected is transported to our manufacturing plant for processing and recycling, but always recommend specialised security destruction.

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The 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index concluded that 95% of all security incidents involve human error. Partnering with a professional document destruction company with specialised security destruction helps to establish good document management processes. For example, locked consoles are supplied for confidential information that is no longer needed. Implementing a Shred-it all policy further reduces the risk of employee error because all documents must be securely shredded… and employees never have to decide what is or isn’t confidential

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Rather than stockpiling electronics or throwing them into the garbage, old hard drives and e-media must be permanently destroyed. A professional document destruction company should provide these destruction services. A study showed that while 51% of companies have a policy for secure destruction of confidential documents, the policy doesn’t cover specialised security destruction.

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Author: George Boutros; Keeping your business secure.

Sydney’s Packaging Headaches.

Forming a Partnership

At one point or another if a company wants to sell products to its consumers it must look at ways, designs and a partnership with a packaging. Contract packaging companies are equipped with the tools, skills, and knowledge to meet special regulations that ensure producers are in compliance and sell a consistent product.

Sydney Packaging

They sometimes can be expensive so shopping around Sydney might take up valuable time.

Sydney Packaging Hoxton

Whether it’s a big, established brand that needs to get massive quantities of product packaged and out on retail shelves quickly, or it’s a small team of entrepreneurs that lacks the manpower and resources to get their new item in proper packaging, a co-packer’s job is to fulfill those needs and more.

Finding, evaluating, and hiring the right contract packager to work with your team can be a challenge. There are numerous co-packing operations out there, but determining which company will view your team as a strategic partner, and is willing to create a working relationship built on trust, can be a daunting task.

Sydney Packaging Hoxton Industries

So who can you trust? An Australian Disability Enterprises are located all across Sydney. Hoxton Industries are located conveniently in south west Sydney, off the M7. They can advise your company of the best solution for all your products.



3 Big guns lead the way with Sustainable Packaging?

Who is leading the way?
Coca-Cola, Nestle and Nike set in collaboration together aimed at setting standards for the guiding and developing of plant-based plastics derived from feedstocks like corn and sugarcane in 2013. Bio-based plastics and product manufacturing trends show a lot of potential. While I’m excited to see where the growth of bioplastics, where will it end up taking us, I also hope leaders in the sustainable packaging world agree with my concerns moving forward through 2016.

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This may help prove that our dependence on petroleum-derived plastics, that it isn’t as hard-set as we once thought.  We have a few of these facilities that are even equipped to process these bioplastics. Biodegradable and supposedly compostable plastics often have to be processed in an industrial facility to fully decompose.  So who will step up and help us save what is most important. Is Sustainable packaging and Bio based plastics here to stay for good?

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Lightweight packaging
The benefits of lightweight packaging seem clear enough: reduced material and manufacturing costs reduced environmental impacts from transportation and potentially less waste bound for landfills. Retail giants are reducing consumables consistently. Consumers see this as paying more for fewer products….. Are these giants really trying to save us or just pocketing more money into the bank? Sustainable Packaging has to be on the number 1 priority moving forward to help us save the environment, lives and dollars.

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George Boutros, Marketing and Business Development at Hoxton Industries. Caring about what tomorrow will bring us in sustainable packaging.