As of the 27th of October, 146 Australian workers have died in 2016 due to a workplace accident; among that number, 49 worked in the transport, postal and warehousing industry. That’s about a third of the total number. Safety in any workplace should be of paramount importance and the warehousing industry, which requires workers to handle and operate heavy, complicated machinery, is not an exception.
In high-risk workplaces like this, what are some of the steps to take to avoid accidents from happening?
Make Sure Personnel Are Trained and Able
Labour laws require personnel to have the proper protective safety equipment like headgear, goggles, boots, etc. Workers, however, must also possess sufficient knowledge and training regarding the equipment and the processes that go within the warehouse. This is so that they do not disrupt operations and for the sake of their own safety.
Choose Appropriate Equipment
Different materials need different kinds of storage solutions, as some are quite fragile and need delicate management. Containit.com.au suggests using high-density equipment that allows efficient, systematic processing for easier handling. An appropriate storage system reduces the possibility of error or loss, streamlines processes into more effective routines and makes everything safer for everyone involved.
Reduce Manual Interference
Whenever possible, avoid having workers physically lift or move parcels. Use powerful mechanical aid instead. This lessens the physical strain on the workers, protecting them from possible injury.
Mind Preventive Safety Measures
When there is an ongoing project involving heavy machinery, make sure that there are preventive safety measures in place like barriers and railings. Inspect these safety concerns regularly and routinely, not only to protect workers and potential pedestrians, but also to guard the expensive equipment.
Many problems arise in the warehousing industry when safety measures are only loosely enforced. Cutting corners with safety procedures can only mean disaster in the end, so it is in everyone’s best interest to keep basic but essential precautions in mind at all times.