2 Jun 2010

Improving warehouse & storage safety

Following the huge success of our equipment tagging and inspection systems within the construction and maintenance industry, Good to Go Safety is eager to replicate that mentality within warehouse and storage environments.



 The main causes of accidents in warehousing and storage are:
  • slips and trips;
  • manual handling;
  • work at height;
  • vehicles in and around the warehouse; and
  • moving or falling objects.

There may be other risks on your site that you should also consider. You can find more information in the HSE's publication: Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety HSG76.

As with the construction industry, work at heights can be a major safety issue and the need to minimise risks is paramount. If work at height can not be avoided then it is important that the correct equipment is selected for the task in hand (ladder, mewp, scaffold tower, harness are all options to consider and Good to Go Safety have inspection systems for each, click here for more information). Racking or pallets on a forklift should never be used for accessing high items or locations.

HSG76 recommends you to: "Inspect equipment used for work at height (such as ladders) to make sure it is safe. Do this before use, periodically and after an incident that might affect the equipment’s safety."

Forklift trucks can be another source of concern, where possible they should be kept away from pedestrian areas and care should be taken in the design and layout of the facility to minimise the need for pedestrians and traffic to be present in the same location.

HSG75 states: "Lift trucks should be regularly maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Lifting parts of industrial trucks, such as the mast, chains, carriage, forks and tilt mechanism, need to be thoroughly examined by a competent person."

Good to Go Safety can provide you with a documented pre-shift check which can be used to identify and report defects and clearly inform operatives of the vehicles current status (Good to Go or Do Not Use). Click here for more information.
 
Racking is an are which is often overlooked but if something were to go wrong it can have devastating results. Racking systems should be properly designed and installed, this includes being able to safely take the load of the goods being stored. Protect racking if it is likely to be struck by lift trucks and other vehicles.

HSG75 advises you to: "Inspect racking regularly to make sure it is repaired and maintained properly and is safe." Good to Go Safety allows for the immediate reporting of damage and defects with visual and recorded inspections at regular intervals. The use of the tag and checklist system ensures that employees are fully aware of the racking's status at all times, ensuring it is always 'good to go'. Click here for more information.

The video below shows the possible effects of a forklift collision with a racking system. The likelihood of a forklift driver admitting he has hit and damaged racking is low, so the need to regularly inspect it is high. Racking may not collapse immediately as it does in this example, but the cost of a racking collapse such as this can be catastrophic to a business.


1 comment:

  1. Proper racking will surely improve a warehouse facility's performance. It will efficiently use available storage spaces. Thanks for sharing this! Do you know any warehouse for rent in manila?

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