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Having a good phone case is something we all know we should have… but sometimes, we put off getting one. Maybe we don’t want to put in the research or maybe we don’t want to spend the money. Whatever the reason, a heavy-duty phone case suddenly becomes a lot more important when we find ourselves watching our fragile mobile device tumbling toward the pavement. Here at Workbox Staffing, we think it should be simple and easy to find a phone case that will not only protect your phone, but that’s also budget-friendly. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the toughest phone cases you can find for under $50. 

You may want a heavy-duty phone case if you are a:

  • Assembler 
  • Construction worker
  • CNC operator 
  • Forklift operator
  • General laborer
  • Machine operator
  • Order Picker
  • Packager
  • Skilled laborer
  • Welder

The Best Heavy-Duty Phone Cases 

Before we dive in, here are some things to note: 

  1. Prices listed are for the latest phones.
  2. Cases are often less expensive for previous phone models.
  3. This list is in alphabetical order. 
  4. Prices and images from 

ballistic tough jacket phone case

Ballistic Tough Jacket

This case offers six-sided protection with raised edges to guard the screen. The reinforced corners protect your phone from a maximum six-foot drop. The design is slim and fits snugly to the phone. 

Pros: slim design, reinforced corners, available for iPhone and Samsung devices. 

Cons: not many Amazon reviews. 

Price: $40

iThrough Waterproof CaseiThrough waterproof phone case

This case is completely waterproof up to twenty feet and takes underwater pictures. Perfect if you work around water and want to make sure your phone survives. However, this case isn’t the most durable and may not withstand falls as well as some of the others.

Pros: waterproof, slim design, touchscreen works while underwater, kickstand.

Cons: volume buttons are hard to access, not the toughest case out there.

Price: $40 Galaxy S10 | $17 iPhone XR

JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch JOTO phone pouch

This waterproof bag fits phones of all sizes and is perfect for fishing, swimming, boating, and other water-related activities. The product description claims that the touchscreen works while inside the bag, but some reviewers had trouble using the touchscreen and camera. While this case isn’t a great long-term solution, it’s perfect for protecting your phone on those weekend canoe trips.

Pros: waterproof, universal design, neck strap for convenient carrying. 

Cons: limits touch screen and camera functionality, not a good long-term solution. 

Price: $7 

lifeproof fre phone case

Lifeproof Fre

Not only is the case waterproof, but it also meets military drop standards for a six-foot fall. This case is worth the investment if you regularly put your phone in serious danger and you don’t mind getting an extension for your headphones. 

Pros: waterproof, shockproof, dirt proof, snow proof, slim design, touchscreen still works well. 

Cons: only works well with iPhones, muffled speakers, extension cable required for headphones.

Price: $50 

LUVVITT Ultra Armor LUVVITT Ultra Armor

This case boasts a double layer of shockproof protection. Raised edges and design protect the screen and the camera. With over 7,000 reviews for the iPhone 6 case and a 4.5 star rating, LUVVITT seems to know what they’re doing here. If you have an iPhone, this case is a solid choice. 

Pros: wireless charging compatible, easy access to ports and buttons.

Cons: only for iPhones.

Price: $13 

Otterbox Defender

Otterbox Defender 

Otterbox is famous for its layered phone cases, and this one is no exception. This case features an inner hard shell, a synthetic rubber, and a holster that acts as a belt clip or kickstand. This case is one of the most widely used among construction workers. Otterbox is a trusted brand that’s been making cases since 1998.

Pros: port covers, multi-layered protection. 

Cons: screen protector can create a glare, interferes with touch ID. 

Price: $32

Pelican sheild phone case

Pelican Shield Case 

The Pelican Shield Case is made with Kevlar-brand fibers—the same material used to make bulletproof armor. If that weren’t enough, there are five layers of protection, reinforced corners, and an interior shell. Pelican claims this case protects against falls of twelve feet, and that their Drop Protection exceeds military standards.

Pros: durable, slim-profile, kickstand, twelve-foot drop rating, lifetime warranty.  

Cons: Does not include a front screen protector, texture can be slippery.

Price: $49 

urban armor gear plasma series phone case

Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series

Despite being lightweight, this case from Urban Armor Gear meets military drop standards. The hard outer shell fits over a soft, impact-resistant core. The buttons are responsive and give a tactile click-like feeling when pressed. 

Pros: slim design, easy access to touchscreen and ports, available for multiple devices.

Cons: doesn’t come with a built-in screen protector.

Price: $40

Helping You Find the Best Phone Case And The Best Opportunity

Your phone is an investment. Protect it with a case that’s built to withstand everything your job has to throw at you. No matter how careful we are, accidents still happen. The odds of damaging your phone only go up if you work around heavy equipment and machinery.

At Workbox Staffing, we’re here to help. Whether it’s finding you the toughest phone case or finding your next job opportunity, we want to make your life easier. Our expert recruiters are here to take the stress out of your job hunt, so you can get back to work. 

Do You Have These Skills and Qualities to Become a Successful Machinist

Becoming a machinist isn’t something you decide on a whim. In this role, you’re responsible for all the parts of advanced machining operations without the assistance of anyone else, meaning you need to be an expert. This is achieved through tech school and an apprenticeship that will require more than 575 hours of training and 8,000 hours of on-the-job of manual machining.

Before you begin this journey, check out the skills and qualities needed to see if you could be a successful machinist.

Attention to Detail

As a machinist, you will often need to work with different engineering parts that vary in size by only a hundredth of a millimeter. You’ll have to spend time carefully locating all the parts you need and producing what you do not have. Because of these factors, you need the patience to do the job right and pay attention to the smallest details.

Quick Learner

Tools change all the time, and as a machinist, you need to be able to properly handle and operate all the former, current and latest tools because you never know what the job may require. With technology changing every day, you need to be ready to learn something new and apply it quickly and effectively.

Problem Solving

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines are growing in popularity because they reduce time and increase quality, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need humans, too. As a CNC machinist, you have to know how to use the equipment, make the plans necessary to complete the project, read the illustrations and blueprints that are produced, and fix any issues that arise.

Dedicated to Craftmanship

It’s also the job of a machinist to look for and notice errors in both parts and equipment, so they can be used correctly. Because a machinist knows their job and role so well, they can suggest better practices to improve company production and productivity.

Find Machinist Jobs With Workbox Staffing

If you’ve previously completed your training and you’re ready for a machinist job, trust Workbox Staffing to help you get hired. With us, you get a personalized career coach so we can learn all about you, what you want to achieve, and determine how we can help you get there. Our manufacturing and light industrial staffing team is dedicated to putting your training and skills to good use. Visit our job board today to view machinist jobs or request a call to talk to Workbox Staffing directly!

Best ways to talk about salary

There are many reasons why a candidate is interested in a position, but if the money isn’t there, none of them may matter. Similarly, it doesn’t matter how satisfied an employee is at your company because if they feel under-compensated, it’s likely they’ll look for something else. Because you know how important salary is to your team, you need to know the best ways to talk about it with them and potential hires.

How to talk to your employees

The most important thing to consider in conversations about salary is that everyone is compensated fairly. Now, this doesn’t mean everyone will agree, but as an employer, you need to make sure you can justify how everyone is paid. If you can’t do this, it won’t matter how you to talk to your employees about money because they’ll understandably be upset.

Because the topic of salary is frequently discussed, you need to decide how transparent you want to be with your team. You can choose full, partial, or no transparency. Full transparency is rare but not unheard of – essentially everyone within your organization has access to how much everyone makes. Partial transparency isn’t as precise as full, and you get to decide what you do and do not disclose. Finally, no transparency is exactly how it sounds.

Being able to have honest conversations is essential, even if it’s about how there isn’t room for raises or bonuses. Your team wants good news, but they also don’t want to ignore the lack of conversation around news at all. It’s unlikely you’ll ever be able to please every member of your staff, so do your best and make sure you’re conducting your salary operations fairly and ethically.

How to talk to potential hires

Sometimes it can feel like you’re breaking bad news to a top candidate when explaining your salary and how it may be lacking compared to their expectations. If you believe this to be true, it’s better to be honest earlier in the process rather than later. You don’t want to actively pursue a candidate who ultimately says no because you can’t pay them enough.

When it’s time to have the conversation, focus on facts, opportunities and potential. Discuss why your pay level is where it is for clarity. Because you can’t offer them more, take time to discuss other company perks that can showcase additional benefits about working for your company. Finally, make sure you explain the room for growth in your company and the raise potential. They’ll be more likely to say yes knowing it can increase in the future.

Find highly qualified employees today

When you need office help or workers for your warehouse operations, manufacturing, and light industrial operations, trust Workbox Staffing to deliver. We’re an employment agency that recognizes it’s about more than filling a void, which is why we have an extensive hiring process that allows us to guarantee you’re getting a great employee. Contact us today to learn more!

The new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) budget officially began in October 2018 for Fiscal Year 2019, meaning the new updates are beginning to take effect. Here are some of the major changes for you to be aware of in your workplace:

Beryllium Standards

One of the areas of major reforms for OSHA are the beryllium standards. Beryllium is a chemical element in an alkaline earth metal with cancer-causing properties. The new rule is designed to prevent chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer in workers. Specifically, the standards are for general industry, shipyards and construction.

Currently, more than 60,000 workers are exposed to beryllium on the job every year. This includes both shipyard and construction workers conducting abrasive blasting operations with slags that may contain beryllium in trace amounts. Protecting workers isn’t a new initiative, but the revised rules will save an estimated 90 lives and prevent an additional 46 cases of chronic beryllium disease in a year.

Record keeping Rule

OSHA revised this recordkeeping rule with two major changes, including industries that do not have to keep OSHA updated with their injury and illness records and the list of work-related injuries that must be reported to OSHA.

Exempt industries experience relatively low on-the-job injury and illness and, therefore, aren’t required to submit every case to OSHA. The previous list used information gathered from the Standard Industrial Classification system and illness data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the years 1996, 1997, and 1998. Now the list is assembled from the North American Industry Classification System and BLS numbers from 2007 to 2009. If a company has 10 or fewer employees, they are exempt regardless of industry.

For work-related injuries that have to be reported to OSHA, the eight-hour window to report fatalities remains with the addition of other incidents that must be reported within 24 hours, including loss of an eye, in-patient hospitalization, and amputations.

 Fit-Testing Procedures

Another area receiving revisions are the processes for testing the fit of respiratory equipment. The complete list of general requirements for fit-test protocols can be found on OSHA’s website.

 Hire employees you can trust

 One of the keys to a safe work environment is hiring the right team to follow the protocols. That’s why at Workbox Staffing, we take the time to screen and vet our candidates to make sure they value safety as much as you do. Our extensive evaluation system finds the employees you need for your manufacturing, warehouse, and light industrial operations. Find the right employees for you today!

Forklifts are an important piece of equipment in many warehouse and manufacturing operations. Like all heavy machinery, they present certain risks to safety when not properly cared for or operated. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that approximately 25 percent of all deaths related to forklift accidents are caused by the forklift overturning. Here are eight forklift safety tips to help you avoid damage, injury, and death on the job.

1. Inspect forklifts frequently

Safety inspections for forklifts should be done daily before every shift. This way your team is aware of any changes or potential issues. If the safety checks turn up anything unusual, report it to the shift supervisor and do not operate the forklift until it’s resolved.

2. Limit use to qualified operators

Operation of forklifts should be limited to workers who have been trained, authorized, and licensed to use.

3. Plan your path

Before operation, make sure your path is clear and there’s enough room to navigate while carrying your load. This includes looking at overhead clearances depending on the size of what you’re carrying.

4. Follow your company rules

Outside of the general rules, make sure you’re aware of your company’s specific safety procedures. These may include information about seatbelts, passengers, speed limits and the proper equipment to wear.

5. Make sure you can see

Always adjust your load to maintain optimum visibility. If it is too high, drive the forklift in reverse slowly. Ask your fellow workers for assistance when surrounded by corners and high stacks to aid in navigation.

6. Pay attention to your forklift’s capacity

One of the easiest ways to cause an accident is to overload a forklift. Know the weight restrictions and don’t try to add counterweights to carry a heavier load.

7. Monitor load stability

In addition to weight, you want to make sure your load is stable. If you pick it up without verifying, it may cause the forklift to become unbalanced. When going up ramps, make sure the load is held higher than the body of your machine, and you should go up moving forward and go down moving in reverse.

8. Watch for pedestrians

When approaching a busy pedestrian area, slow down the forklift and be on the lookout. Don’t risk any blind spots or crosswalks, including intersections, stairways, exits, doors, entrances, and corners. Always stop and sound your horn before continuing.

 Jumpstart your job search

When you’re ready to find a new job, trust Workbox Staffing for help with light industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse operations positions. We’re committed to finding the right fit based on your skills and experiences. Apply online or call us today to begin your journey to a better tomorrow.

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