15 Dec 2014

Elf & Safety at Christmas

Christmas time is often the busiest period of the year for many warehouses across the world. This image shows what an Amazon warehouse looked like a month before Christmas. It gives an idea of the sheer scale of operations involved in the build up to the big day.

Warehouse accidents are all too common on any normal day of the year. With increased activity, more personnel (especially the introduction of temporary shift workers) and more pressure to get goods out of the door on time – then the chances of accidents are greatly increased.

An increase of traffic – both pedestrian and forklift, combined with limited knowledge of the warehouse set-up and safety rules (for temporary workers) will inevitably lead to an increased possibility of collision. Longer shifts and overtime can lead to fatigue, stress and lack of concentration. It can soon become a perfect storm in terms of all the ingredients needed to create heightened probability of an accident.

The need for regular safety checks become ever more essential. Pre-shift team talks can help remind employees of the rules and restricted areas for pedestrians. It should also allow the workers finishing their shift to provide any important information to their replacement during the hand-over. Unfortunately during such busy periods shift hand-overs can often fall by the wayside due to the pressure to keep orders going out and the desire to get home after a long working day.

The importance of pre-use equipment checks then take on increased importance. More forklifts combined with more urgency and longer hours will predictably result in more forklift collisions with racking uprights. The likelihood of such comings together being reported however is low. What may seem like a gentle scrape to the driver would hardly justify reporting or putting his neck on the line. In reality however the potential for a racking upright being weakened after a collision is considerable. With racking fully ladened to satisfy the high seasonal demand, a racking collapse would be devastating; not only in terms of damaged goods but also in downtime and the resulting loss of goodwill from disappointed customers.

Routine visual checks of forklifts and racking at the start of each shift can help to identify faults before they develop into a costly accident. The Good to Go Safety range of equipment checklists can help to keep your warehouse operating safely and efficiently. We have systems available for forklifts, racking, pallet trucks, stepladders and more. Visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk to ensure your warehouse is always ‘Good to Go’.

In keeping with the Christmas theme here's our own Christmas Safety Message:

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