It is important that proper safety measures are taken in the warehouse. Too many accidents have happened because workers/management cannot take the time to implement these measures. This is due to either inadequate resources or just trying to seize an opportunity to cut corners and save money.
However, despite safety implementation taking some time, it leads to higher employee satisfaction and increased productivity. These are definitely two major benefits. Here are some tips for safety that you should follow in your warehouse.
- Ensure safety equipment is used at all times
Ensure that when lifting heavy items that the appropriate machines are being using – these include forklifts and hydraulic dollies. Make sure that all workers are wearing appropriate eyewear and hard hats. Emergency exits should not be blocked. All these precautions will help to minimise workplace injury.
- Clearly label designated hazardous zones
Dangerous equipment must always be stored away in a labelled area. Safe walk ways should also be highlighted with either tape or black and white stripes on the floor.
- Eliminate any potential safety hazards
These include, but are not limited to, stray cords, liquids, etc. Warehouse floors should always be free of ‘slip and trip’ hazards. Therefore, cracks and pits in the flooring should also be attended to regularly.
- Always use safe lifting techniques
Always have signs around your workplace showing your workers the correct lifting techniques to use when move objects. Always assess what method is the best option when you do have to move something around. If you are lifting, you should always to check that your route is clear and that nothing is the way. The load should not obstruct your view, either.
- Promote awareness in your warehouse
It is essential that there is good communication between your staff members. Collision incidents can be drastically reduced if workers let each other know where they are. Workers should also be constantly aware of their surroundings.
- Provide training and refresher courses
Your workers should be well educated and up to date with knowledge about safety practices within the workplace. It is important that staff AND management are completely aware of the repercussions of poor safety ethic.
These are just a few tips to help you in your workplace. Do you have any other safety guidelines?
- June 19th, 2014
- Posted in Uncategorized
The county town of Worcestershire, the city of Worcester is renowned for its poetry and grace. Home to the magnificent composer Sir Edward Elgar, the River Severn flows through the centre dividing suburbs such as Claines, Diglis and Northwick from Henwick, Lower Wick and Dines Green.
Despite its rolling green countryside and historic buildings, Worcester has a number of modern shopping centres. The High Street in the centre of town along with The Shambles and Broad Street plus the covered arcades, Crowngate Shopping Centre and Cathedral Plaza, offer visitors to the city plenty of retail therapy to enjoy.
Shrub Hill Retail Park lies close to Tallow Hill, whilst outside the main city centre; Blackpole offers three further retail parks to explore.
With so many retailers and shops, it’s hardly surprising that there are a number of warehouses in Worcester too, with vast stock levels managed with the help of equipment such as forklift trucks.
But in such a green and lush area, there’s always the awareness of the need to be environmentally friendly, in order to preserve the beauty of areas such as Fort Royal Park and Perry Wood (where Oliver Cromwell is said to have met the devil and made a pact!).
So is it possible to reduce the environmental impact of using such essential machinery?
Assessing the impact
Studies have been carried out which have shown that the biggest impact forklift trucks have on the environment is during their use, and not their production. This is great news because it means that you can make a very positive impression on the amount of energy which is used, reducing their carbon footprint.
Around 67% of the energy used by a forklift truck arises during use, but this amount of energy consumption can be modified by the way in which the driver handles the machine. Some reports suggest that a badly driven forklift can use as much as 50% more energy than one which is being handled expertly and efficiently.
Driver training may seem like an unnecessary precaution for warehouse workers once the basics have been grasped, but providing formal training to forklift truck drivers can help protect the machines as well as reduce costs and minimise the impact on the environment.
Task-related training can help drivers understand the right way to handle different materials whilst familiarisation with different machines can also play a big part.
Helping drivers to get it right first time won’t only just reduce the impact on the environment, and cut down your operational costs, it could also minimise the potential for accidents and improve health and safety too.
Considering the layout
But providing forklift truck driver training is only one way in which you can help to minimise the environmental impact of using machinery.
Having an optimised layout in your warehouse can have a huge effect.
Your warehouse may have gradually grown over a period of time, with expansion meaning new products and stock are held in the nearest available spaces. It may be worth considering whether the layout of your warehouse is working in the best way.
By reducing driving distances and making operations more efficient, you will save money and the environment. Studies suggest that having an optimised layout can cut energy consumption in a fork lift truck by as much as 20%.
- May 29th, 2014
- Posted in Local
Despite lying in central England, West Wolverhampton is a particularly picturesque part of the country with upmarket housing in areas such as Penn and lush green open countryside.
There’s also lots of fascinating architecture and historical buildings in and around Tettenhall Wightwick and if you are looking for something to do, what better than a trip to see AFC Wulfranians, the local football team which is based in the suburb of Castlecroft?
However, don’t let the beauty of the city fool you; its roots lie steeped in industry and in days gone by, mining and other manufacturing sectors were the base of the economy in the area. Whilst much of this has long since been shut down, the modern-day city still relies on work such as engineering.
Indeed Wolverhampton has a thriving aerospace industry and also has plenty of distribution and warehouse centre for businesses from all around the country.
The sight of forklift trucks is therefore common in the area with a large number of businesses relying on the machinery to help them carry out everyday tasks.
But when such powerful machinery becomes commonplace, it can be easy to forget the importance of sticking to safety procedures. Here’s a rundown of how to use forklifts safely in the workplace.
If you have lots to do and are comfortable operating a forklift, it’s not difficult to get carried away and drive that little bit too fast for the environment.
It only takes one small hazard such as the sudden appearance of another member of staff in your path, and you will need to suddenly stop. And this is when accidents easily occur.
Forklifts don’t stop quickly, especially with a full load and drivers underestimating the stopping distance or driving too quickly are two of the most common causes of forklift accidents. Even at a walking pace, a forklift requires three metres to stop, a considerable distance which many drivers don’t fully appreciate.
If a forklift is load-bearing, it won’t be able to utilise its full braking capacity because it will either tip or cause the materials to slide off the forks.
If the worst happens
All forklift trucks are supplied equipped with a seatbelt and although the idea may seem ridiculous it’s essential to use one when driving a forklift truck.
If the worst happens and a forklift starts to tip and tilt it can be tempting to try and jump clear of the cab. Because of the sheer weight, the movement can seem very slow and it’s easy to assume you have time to jump clear.
But the speed can be deceiving and more injuries, or death, have been caused by drivers trying to jump clear than those who stayed put. If you try to jump out of a cab that’s tipping you risk being crushed by the machinery.
The best course of action is to remain strapped in and brace yourself for the impact, even though this may instinctively seem the wrong thing to do!
How to reduce injuries
Even if a forklift doesn’t tip, there are a range of different ways an operative can end up injured or hurt.
Craning their neck by constantly looking upwards and behinds or repeatedly hitting bumps on the terrain can cause strains, twists and sprains.
Businesses using forklift trucks can help to protect their employees by looking for certain features on the model.
Forklifts with features such as swivel chairs and ideally closed circuit video systems allow the driver to keep track of the load without straining and twisting round.
Ensuring surfaces are even and in good repair will help to reduce the number of jolts and impacts a driver receives. In addition, making sure the cab has a chair which is deeply padded and supportive can help greatly.
A well-padded chair can minimise the effects of any vibrations whilst its support can help to prevent back problems.
- May 29th, 2014
- Posted in Local
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