In the world of Health and Safety, there is a golden rule: If something can happen, it will happen. Smart managers know that once a potential danger has been identified, they must find a solution to prevent accidents eliminate and protect people and assets.
There was a time when Amazon was known as an online second-hand bookstore, IKEA was a mail-order sales company and Apple made clunky prototype desktop computers before the word ‘smartphone’ had been invented.
Diversification in business is often the lifeblood of a company. Coca-Cola might make the fizzy, dark-coloured soft drink we all know and (probably) love – but there are over 500 other beverages in the company’s portfolio, some of which you will most definitely not have tasted (the Asian market’s ‘Water Salad’ drink comes in five flavours and tastes of, well, salad…).
All of which proves that even in heavy industry, you need to be light and agile when it comes to product development, ideas and diversity – unless you want to become tagged with a name that no longer fits.
Topics: Pedestrian Barrier
A recent national television report from the BBC has focused on the phenomenal growth of warehousing space. Using data from property research firm CBRE, the BBC reported an incredible 235 million sq ft of warehouse space leased or purchased since 2007.
Topics: Facility Maintenance
As McCue Corp celebrates 30-years in business, the company has added aviation to the long list of industries where its versatile and long-lasting safety products are used.
In an age where companies come and go at a noisy and alarming rate, there’s something reassuring about the safe hands of McCue, still protecting people and businesses after 30 years of trading.
In that time the company, formed by an Englishman abroad, headquartered in Boston, MA and with a flourishing European office based in Milton Keynes, has taken ‘across the board’ safety to new levels.
The one time ‘Bumper Company’ is now the ultimate one-stop-shop for facility protection, working with major businesses across the globe to guard hardware, people and vital structures on the factory floor, in storage, in distribution and on the shop floor.
Bollards are a functional item, their sentinel-like presence a warning to pedestrians and drivers, their inherent strength offering protection to people and equipment.
And that’s it, right? An essential, but rather mundane product – and certainly not one to be aesthetically admired.
But what happens when bollards need to be placed in areas where a pleasant aesthetic is appropriate, or even important? Are bollards installed anyway – and the aesthetic feel of a place ruined?
Certainly, that’s been the case in the past: Bollards performing their rudimentary purpose, but to the detriment of the aesthetic environment. If we must call it by a name: an eyesore.
But not anymore.
Accidents are not always caused by the rogue forklift truck driver breaking every rule in the Health & Safety handbook. Often there’s a much more silent, but no less deadly, enemy of facility protection on the loose.
It’s one that can linger for years, building its strength and chipping away at safety. And it’s everywhere – in doorways, walls, columns, floors – and especially in those turning spaces and corners where the barely perceptible bumps happen the most.
Eventually, this enemy will erupt – and the consequences can be devastating.
Topics: Warehouse Tips
Employees spending hours rounding up stray shopping trolleys, carts taking up valuable car parking space, battered old trolley drops that nobody uses...
In 2016 there was a racking collapse at a cheese factory in Shropshire. So devastating were the results that it made the national news, with some tabloids making merry on cheese-based puns.
Although the forklift driver responsible for the collapse escaped unhurt, for the company involved, and for anyone involved in facility protection, the racking collapse was no laughing matter.
Once a company suffering such a disaster overcomes the potentially crippling costs of restoring order, replacing damaged equipment and handling lost or unfulfilled orders, the next phase can be even more costly and stressful for employers.
The Health and Safety Executive would need long access to compile a thorough report, resulting in more downtime – followed potentially by fines if unsafe procedures were found to be in place.