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The Importance of Safe Warehouse Operations

Managing a warehouse and/or storage facility can be a difficult task. Especially when you consider the regulatory compliance that goes hand-in-hand with the job. An environment which can be high risk for your employees if not managed correctly.

Are you aware of the full impact employee injuries could have on your organisation?

Operational Downtime

39.8 Million

Working days lost due to workplace injuries

325

Cases prosecuted by HSE in Great Britain in 2019/2020

7,075

Notices issued by HSE in 2019/2020

Total fines for Health and Safety Offences prosecuted in 2019/2020 is £35.77 million

Slips and Trips

Falls, slips, and trips account for 29% of employee injuries

Manual Handling

19% of all workplace manual handling injuries are made up of elementary storage occupations

Warehouse Vehicles

There are an average of 1,300 injury accidents involving forklift trucks every year

Business Costs

Up to 10 years in jail and a £1 million fine – the cost of failing to comply with LOLER and PUWER regulations 1998

Over £100,000 – the average cost of fines and compensation payments for incidents relating to manual handling incidents

Breaches of health and safety guidelines can result in up to 2 years in jail and unlimited fines

With so much at stake, it’s important that you ensure your warehouse operations and lifting equipment are fully compliant.

Even during their quietist periods warehouses are often under pressure. With so much going on – under such a small roof – there’s always a risk that something could go wrong. The casual worker might brush off damage to pallet racking – and yet its consequences could have serious ramifications. If left unchecked, even a small ding could rust and initiate a domino effect. Before you know it, racking could topple or buckle under the weight of its own goods.

Whilst a morbid consideration, injuries are not outside the realm of possibility. As such, warehouse safety should be treated with the utmost respect. Otherwise, it could lead to loss of stock, loss of production and potentially loss of life.

Warehouse safety is not a one-time thing – yet too many businesses neglect continuous safety checks. Whilst routine checks might not seem overly important, it should be at the forefront of your responsibilities. It not only saves on costly and time-consuming damage control but increases safety – hence the name. This should always come before the profitability and productivity of your business. After all, with increased productivity comes more people, more machinery and more elements that could go wrong. If this isn’t effectively dealt with during your less busy periods, how will you cope when business is booming?

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HSE reported these key figures for Great Britain in 2019/20

1.6 million working people suffering from a work-related illness

2,446 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2018)

111 workers killed at work

693,000 working people sustain an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey

65,427 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR

£16.2 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2018/19)

Invest in Preventative Measures

Most warehouses contain some form of racking or materials handling equipment. These are promising investments that perfectly suit the needs of your company. Since their inclusion, you may have noticed an improvement in your warehouse’s efficiency. So, why not protect yourself and your investment?

Such preventative measures abide by health and safety regulations and are a mainstay of any warehouse. Available in a variety of formats, each preventative performs a different service. With all the dangers in the warehouse, these can prove confusing.

Anti-Collapse Mesh and Partitioning

To protect personnel from hazardous machinery, mesh would be a good deterrent. Anti-collapse mesh can also secure falling items and function as versatile partitioning.

Barriers and Rack Protection

Physical barriers can shield goods from collisions and absorb the impact of forklifts. They also bolster lower repair costs and create a safer working environment. After all, it only takes one accident to drastically alter someone’s life.

Rack Inspection and Maintenance

After all, it only takes one accident to drastically alter someone’s life. Rack inspections can prevent workplace accidents, costly maintenance charges and damage to goods.

To ensure you’re protecting the right aspects of your warehouse, feel free to reach out to Locators. With over 35 years of experience, our friendly team can point you in the right direction. Find out more about our consultative approach and industry-leading selection of forklift trucks and storage systems by speaking to one of our experts today on 01202 854200 or email sales@locators.co.uk