Working in a warehouse involves many risks to accidents that require those who work there be extremely careful when they undertake their duties. Each and every warehouse is unique in its way, but there is an importance in ensuring that there is safety in all.
The movement of vehicles in the warehouse poses a great risk to anybody in the warehouse. The vehicle movement can be within the warehouse or its surroundings. It can also be a risky environment to operate lift trucks as an accident can occur at any unknown time. At all time there should have a safety management strategy in place to prevent and control traffic accidents in the warehouse. Safety management systems in a warehouse include the explained below.
Sharp corners are to be avoided and encourage the use of other alternative routes and also make sure that all the door exits that have their way out in roads are done away with. It is vital way of controlling traffic accidents to place pedestrian safety barriers near doorways and walkways so that people and vehicles are separate where it is possible to do so.
It is vital to mark the pedestrian walkways along the floors and also mark their crossways on the vehicle routes. You should also ensure at gateways there is a separation between vehicle entrance and pedestrian entrance as this could result to accidents. Make sure at narrowing roads pedestrian and vehicles use different routes to avoid incidences of traffic accidents. Lighting of every part of the compound is essential so that the drivers can see any incoming pedestrian and vice versa to act accordingly. As a way of alerting people to the risks and dangers employing safety barriers that will give a sign of vehicles in motion and forklift trucks that are in motion. You should also ensure that the site of operation are speed limits and they should also be strictly observed. Ensure you apply traffic management systems to avoid collisions in the traffic area of the yard in the warehouse. If the staff are trained on the necessary ways of staying safe in the warehouse there will be minimized the number of incidences of accidents that will take place. High visibility jackets will help the drivers see the pedestrian clearly and slow down where necessary. It is also important to ensure that vehicles are always maintained and have reverse alarms and warning lights in place. Since dock doors are highly risky areas always make sure people are away from it as a precaution.
To take precaution on fire incidences the following risk-reducing strategies are to be followed. Always ensure that fire safety inspectors visit your warehouse more often. There should be clear ways of exit so that people are safe while exiting the fire scenes.