How to Prevent Accidents in Warehouse Operations

How to prevent accidents in warehouse operations? In busy warehouses with lots of activities and movements, accidents are bound to happen. The good news is there are ways on how to minimise the risks and promote a safer workplace. Here’s how:

1. Install alert systems to prevent forklift crashes

Forklift collisions occur frequently in intersections, corners and blind spots. These collisions often result to equipment damage, unplanned downtime, financial loss, chemical spills and worker injuries.

To prevent these crashes, one effective way is by installing alert systems. These should caution the forklift driver whenever another forklift or personnel is nearby. This could then allow the driver to slow down or manoeuvre in time. Together with safe working practices, these alert systems will help minimises crashes and accidents among forklifts.

2. Extra caution on chemicals and other hazardous materials

Examples of hazardous chemicals and materials are:

  • Acids
  • Disinfectants (e.g. chlorine, antimicrobial agents)
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents (e.g. benzene, methanol)

Clear labels should be placed on their containers. In the event of spills, these should be cleaned up immediately by the appropriate team. In addition, all personnel in the warehouse should be notified quickly and the area vacated.

Forklift crashes and working on elevation may cause momentary tilting and spills. The tilting and impact may even further agitate the contents of containers. That’s why it’s crucial to add safety procedures in handling possible hazardous materials.

3. Timely maintenance on material handling equipment

A proactive approach is the best in prevention of potentially catastrophic problems. One way to accomplish this is by performing timely maintenance on material handling equipment such as forklifts.

For example, the Optafleet Fleet Management System has a user-definable maintenance alert. This helps ensure the optimal condition of a forklift and prevent malfunction during operation. The driver could then smoothly operate the equipment (and better manoeuvres for improved productivity and safety).

Prevent accidents in warehouse operations

It’s the combination of reliable technology and effective management that allow manufacturing and logistics companies to minimise risks and accidents. Here at ShockWatch, we specialise in providing effective accident prevention solutions for small businesses and multinational corporations.

You can contact us today and let’s discuss about your warehouse operations and your goal for better safety in the workplace.