Safety Barriers for the Workplace
Working in a warehouse involves many risks to accidents that require those who work there be extremely careful when they undertake their duties. It does not matter what kind of business the warehouse does because in each of them there is a unique risk of accidents that are bound to happen to anyone in there.
Vehicle movement in the warehouse is a risky environment in the warehouse. The vehicle movement can be within the warehouse or its surroundings. Movement of lift trucks can also injure the workers if an accident occurs. 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.
Pedestrian crossing is also very important to allow people cross the vehicle routes for operational purposes. You should also ensure at gateways there is a separation between vehicle entrance and pedestrian entrance as this could result to accidents. The same separation of vehicle and pedestrian ways should also happen where the road narrows. Lighting of every part of the compound is essential so that the drivers can see any incoming pedestrian and vice versa to act accordingly. To control people from risky areas where vehicles and forklift trucks are you will need to raise safety barriers that alert them there is traffic in operation. You should also ensure that the site of operation are speed limits and they should also be strictly observed. Ensure that you use a one-way route in the yard to avoid collision accidents. Train the staff on the safety precautions of avoiding accidents. High visibility jackets will help the drivers see the pedestrian clearly and slow down where necessary. For the vehicles that are being used it is important to ensure that they are maintained and working properly and that their warning lights are working together with reverse alarms on. When the vehicle is reversing the dock doors very risky area where accidents can easily happen and therefore where possible it is important to keep people from it.
To take precaution on fire incidences the following risk-reducing strategies are to be followed. Fire inspectors should come and inspect your firm more often so that if there is any maintenance that need be done to reduce the risk of fire happen. Also ensure that fire exit signs are clear and visible for people in the building at the time of the fire can easily see it.