1 Jul 2009

Safety in the Warehouse

Equipment Inspections Dramatically Improve Warehouse Safety

Warehouse safety should be high on every manager’s list of priorities, but in these difficult financial times, are corners being cut to save a few pounds at the cost of saving a life?

The repercussions of an accident in the workplace can be devastating to both the company and individuals involved. Many of these accidents could be easily avoided with a few basic checks, as one of the biggest causes of workplace accidents is employee assumption. It is easy to assume that a forklift or ladder is perfectly safe when it was used yesterday without incident; this scenario is commonplace and is easily slipped into without the introduction of a Safe Equipment Management System (SEMS).

Unfortunately it often takes an accident to open employer’s eyes to the need for routine inspections and safety management routines. The potential for accidents involving equipment in a warehouse is high with dangers including the risk of a racking collapse, forklift truck malfunctions or collisions, falls from height – whether from a ladder or a MEWP or dangers from specialist equipment:

The worst case scenario can result in severe injury or death. The after effects to the victim and their family, combined with legal costs to the company can be catastrophic. Aside from personal injury there is also a high risk of damage to plant, equipment and goods caused by collisions and unstable racking. There is also the subsequent cost of downtime, lost hours and potential need for temporary storage to account for. Legal fees, compensation and insurance fees are all likely to soar whilst the negative effect on company image and employee morale could be just as damaging.


A good SEMS works on many levels. Good to Go Safety has recently launched a quick, easy to understand and very cost effective system which will help employers to:

  • Prevent accidents.
  • Comply with legislation and industry best practice.
  • Inform all employees of the status of equipment – allowing the instant quarantine of faulty items, or providing peace of mind that it is ‘good to go’.
  • Record all inspections with a chronological audit trail.
  • Educate and train employees to carry out routine checks, encouraging them to take responsibility for the safe maintenance of their equipment.
  • Reduce maintenance costs through proactively dealing with minor faults early.

The Good to Go Safety SEMS consists of three key components: A status pod is attached to the relevant piece of equipment and visually informs workers of its current status; a safety check book enables them to carry out a comprehensive inspection; and a tamper evident seal guarantees the validity of the completed checklist. The system provides a duplicate copy of all inspections, retained for future reference. With inspection systems available for forklift trucks, pallet racking, ladders, MEWPs, scaffold towers and more, warehouse safety should be easier than ever to implement and with each inspection costing as little as £0.26 there can be no excuse for cost-cutting on safety in your warehouse. For more information visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

3 comments:

  1. I agree. The recession is likely to make many workplaces more dangerous. I read that over a quarter of business leaders say that their organisation will face pressure to cut spending on health and safety this year. That is a scary figure! H&S is an easy target, often trivialised and seen seen as a role for jobsworths rather than a role for lifesavers. The cost of accident prevention (especially looking at this particular product range) is considerably less than the cost of an accident and its inevitable fallout.

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  2. It is a sad state of affairs when companies are willing to risk employee's safety in order to save some money. No doubt that many companies will take shortcuts, and no doubt many will get away with it however it a short-sighted point of view and if an accident does occur then the inspectors and authorities are likely to take a very dim view on their irresponsible actions.

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