There are many accidents that occur throughout the year in warehouses, and it’s been questioned whether or not warehouse employees are at greater risk of injury than other employees in different industries.
Although it’s common for employees to operate machinery and therefore be more exposed to potential accidents and injuries, it all comes down to the safety of the workplace and what has been put in place to prevent accidents of all types.
Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common accidents in regards to workplace-related incidents but there are ways to prevent this, and this applies to every other accident that could pose a threat in any work environment, not just warehouses. Safety barriers were introduced and designed to prevent such accidents in the workplace, and they work incredibly well.
What are safety barriers?
Safety barriers are highly used in industrial and commercial settings because of their effectiveness. There are many types of safety barriers and safety posts for both protection and security – indoor and outdoor. In warehouses, high visibility is a must especially when heavy equipment and machinery is being used.
Look at protective posts for example – they are designed to protect building doorways from accidental damage. Modern safety measures to warehouses are of the highest importance, so if you are able to minimise the chance of errors and accidents by implementing safety procedures, it’s very wise that you do.
What do safety barriers do?
The Obvious One – Reduce & Prevent Accidents
A risk-free working environment sounds absolutely fabulous, but unfortunately, it’s not something that can be achieved. There are various types of hazards that can occur in warehouses, and you would have to constantly assess workspaces and use the appropriate safety procedures, all within a very slim time period to actually prevent every single risk.
Fully welded barriers, lift out rail barriers and low-level barriers are just a few which help reduce accidents and protect.
Help the Mandatory Workplace Health & Safety Policy
Each company is required to have a Health and Safety policy which outlines their commitment to protecting employee’s health and safety. This could include the correct clothing to be worn (PPE), correct operating methods, lifting procedures and so on. Each employee should be aware and have the knowledge regarding the protocols currently in place.
Safety barriers should play a role in the health and safety policy – it’s usually better if they’re mapped out throughout the warehouse and individually described as to what their purpose is, why they have been installed and what to do if you come across a situation which could involve an accident or injury.
Protect Your Vehicular Fleet
When it comes to deciding whether or not you want to invest in safety barriers, you also have to ask yourself – “how much would this set us back if any damage occurred to our vehicular fleet?” Potential damage to expensive vehicles, such as forklifts and trucks can cost you not only money, but time too!
Safety barriers are able to reduce the risk of physical injury and damage to vehicles. The last thing you would want is to have to pay for repairs of equipment which ultimately disrupts the workforce in the process. It’s crucial that you review what types of barriers you currently have (if any) and ensure you have the most reliable, durable and efficient model design available.
Why Invest in Safety & Protective Barriers?
Overall, safety barriers in the workplace are able to bring many benefits – preventing accidents being at the top of that list. Many workplaces continue to upgrade and change their policies in order to better fit the health and safety of each individual in the workplace, and it’s a worthwhile investment. If you require further assistance in choosing the most suitable barrier type for your workplace premises, don’t hesitate to contact us.