No company should skimp on safety training and equipment. Going cheap can be costly in lost productivity and workman’s compensation claims that increase your company’s premiums. It is better to buy used forklifts to save money than to forgo safety. Following are five safety tips to make the warehouse environment safer.
Remove Slip and Trip Hazards
While to most workers this is obvious, the trick is to recognize the dangers that are not readily seen. For instance, after using a pencil to mark a board a worker places it loose on the shelf. In no time that pencil will roll to the floor and create a slip or trip hazard. Stretching electric cords across an aisle is also one of the things we do daily that unwittingly become slip and trip hazards. Make the team aware of these and purge them from workplace.
Use the Right Safety Equipment
The company bought those used forklifts to save money so workers will have good safety equipment, but do you use it or power dollies to lift things that are heavy? Personal protective equipment often called PPE is mandated by OSHA. Do you and your crew use them when needed? Make sure that sprinkler heads are not covered by inventory and emergency exits are not blocked. That used forklift came with a backup beeper; do not disable it because the sound is irritating, that is the sound of safety.
Hazardous Areas Should Be Clearly Marked
It is inexpensive and easy to let folks know which areas of the floor may be hazardous to walk through due to lifts or other equipment. Painting the floor with zebra stripes is one efficient one of letting people know an area can be dangerous.
Ongoing Safety Training
No one wants to be injured at work; yet accidents happen. Likely a work related accident occurs because someone did not know the right safety procedure or did not think it was needed. Refresher courses in warehouse safety fosters the understanding of the crew that safety is important and always needs to practiced.
Golfers yell “Fore” to warn others that they are about to hit a ball and they should be on the “lookout.” Crowded bustling warehouses are full of collisions waiting to happen. Use the horns on your new used forklifts to warn others you are approaching, if on foot shout out a warning such as “I am right behind you” or “I am on your right.”
Lead safe practices by example, do not take short cuts or ignore established safety rules.