With the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak bringing the safety of our people to the forefront of our minds as decision makers, it raises the question of are we doing enough? Workers compensation for warehouse employees is the Multi-Billion Dollar Industry you don’t want any part of. In 2018 there were over 103,000 non-fatal injuries to Warehouse and Transportation workers. While employers everywhere have been investing heavily in making their people more efficient, most have forgotten to help them be safe.
It’s the simplest thing we take for granted and don’t even think about: healthy uninjured workers stick around and work faster and better than injured workers. So, what can you do to protect your people and keep them happy and healthy?
Since vehicles represent the leading causes of warehouse damage, employee injury, and death it seems like the obvious place to start doesn’t it. Yet there is an increasingly wide range of forklift safety accessories available today and chances are you may not have any of them. For instance, do you have an Arrow Spotter? Simply put it’s a large bright arrow projected on the ground 10 to 20 feet in front of or behind the lift indicating which way the forklift is moving. You can take it a step further and go with a projected 360° Forklift SafetyZone. Don’t forget about your drivers. If you have operators in standup forklifts the Back-SavR cage will protect them when accidentally backing into racking and building structures.
For every item that can attach to your forklift, there are several more safety items designed for your warehouse. Collision Sentry attaches to physical blind corners and warns drivers and pedestrians of approaching danger. Prefer the low-tech option? Never underestimate the power of a large dome mirror.
When in doubt schedule a professional warehouse inspection. We will visit your facility and do a full inspection looking for damage and opportunities where safety could be improved saving you and your employees in the long run. At the end of the inspection you will receive a full report of our findings with a detailed layout and as well as a proposal for solutions to all findings.
Don’t hesitate, the time for safety is now!