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3 Warehouse Safety Principles for a Safer Workplace

Successful implementation of warehouse safety principles will result to improved productivity, fewer delays and higher return on investment (ROI). That’s why in this short article, we’ll discuss the general principles for a safer workplace. Let’s start.

1. Identify safety risks

This is the first step. Identify the risks and determine ways on how to mitigate them. In warehouses common accidents relate to forklift collisions (whether forklift vs forklift or collision to other personnel). This can be prevented with the use of reliable indicators and alarm systems.

For example, the Collision Avoidance System (CAS) will caution forklift drivers about the presence of another truck (within 3-25 metres). The driver can then slow down or manoeuvre. This is especially valuable when the forklifts are approaching intersections and corners.

2. Consider before, during and after of any operation

When moving and handling raw materials and finished goods, all the steps should be evaluated from the start. This is the comprehensive way in minimising failure points. This is similar to creating a checklist wherein each path and procedure is documented.

For example, you can configure a pre-shift safety checklist through the EquipManager. This is valuable in ensuring all the safety procedures will be followed before driving the forklift. During the driving, the CAS mentioned above will help prevent accidents and collisions.

3. Continuous monitoring and improvement

After the driving and each shift, data should be gathered and recorded for later analysis. This will allow engineers and managers to improve the operations and safety procedures.

For example, the EquipManager also provides accurate and timely usage data. This information will aid in minimising downtime through optimal maintenance scheduling and fleet rotation. Aside from minimising downtime, this will also help improve safety because the forklifts will be maintained on their optimal conditions.

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Those are just some of the general warehouse safety practices. These require an integrated approach and a combination of effective management and reliable technology. With successful implementation comes higher ROI and a safer and more productive workplace.

Here at ShockWatch, we specialise in providing damage prevention solutions to small businesses and multinational corporations. Our clients from the logistics industry have already benefitted from our accident prevention and alarm systems for a safer warehouse.

Contact us today and let’s discuss how we can make your warehouses safer for the workers.